Here are a few of my latest "experiments" with bracelet design. The design in the dark ecru I call "Beguile", and it seems to work okay as a bracelet. Or - is it an upside-down tiara?
I started with a strip of pearl tatting (size 20, Lizbeth cotton) and then embellished it. There are some split rings at the end, to make the bracelet adjustable. The tatted loop just fits over the bead. I'm hoping the bead at the end will hold it securely enough. Since this style needs to fit snugly, I'd rather not use anything that might poke the wearer.
The brightly colored bracelet is a similar design, "Bedeck", done in my own hand dyed thread, size 10 "Rhubarb Pie".
New books! They're not tatting books, but when I saw them, I thought I might get some ideas for tatting designs from them.
So, being all excited about spirals, I managed to tat one, climbed out of it with a chain, ring, chain - then I want to do another spiral. Problem! It looks like I will have to cut the thread to start another spiral from the center, then somehow work in the ends. Probably I should tat all the spirals as individual motifs, then add chains as a 2nd round. Or is there a better way? I sure hope so, LOL.
Anyway, the spirals have to wait. I need to get back to work at my dye batch, which this week is "Midnight Oil".