Thursday, December 11, 2008

Strung beads between split rings

The beads are strung onto the thread, and wound back a few turns on each shuttle before starting to tat. After making a split ring, slide up from each shuttle the number of beads desired.

These beads are then secured with a "lock stitch". There are a couple of different ways to do this - I've shown in the photos what I usually do. The first half of a double stitch unflipped...

...followed by the second half of a double stitch flipped, as usual.
Then the beads are locked in place, and the next split ring can be made. I like using this technique for tatted jewelry designs.

10 comments:

tattrldy said...

Thanks for sharing the technique. I'll have to try it. And your jewelry is very pretty! I love the "Glowing Embers" necklace you posted on eTatters. Lovely!

TattingChic said...

What a fun tute! Thanks for sharing!

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

A simple but oh so effective technique! Thank you for sharing.

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Marilee, you have so much to share with all of us! Would you consider teaching some classes this summer? I'd gladly make the drive!

Clyde said...

Thanks for sharing. Very clear directions and the pictures are very professional.

yarnplayer said...

Wow, glad you all liked the tutorial! Somebody did ask me a long time ago how to do this. I don't even remember how I figured it out - I must have got the idea from somebody's site, but the memory eludes me. Well, at least the "creative side" of my brain seems to be doing better than my memory, LOL.

Diane, I am so flattered that you want to drive several hours to take a class from me! I will seriously think about getting some kind of workshop prepared.

Marty said...

Very nice! I printed this out in .pdf for my "techniques" file. Thanks!

Tattycat said...

This is very useful information. Thanks for sharing!

yarnplayer said...

Thanks, Marty and tattycat. Just realized the first ring is a normal ring rather than a split ring, but you get the idea :-)

Denise Felton said...

Marilee, you do such great tutorials. Your excellent photos make everything so easy to understand! I've scheduled a link to this post to go live on my blog mid-day Sunday (Central USA time), December 21. I hope it brings you a few extra visitors.

Denise
http://needlework.craftgossip.com