Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Time enough for earrings

This is another installment in the "R's" wedding necklace saga. I consider it a good sign (regarding the groom's health status) that there was time enough to tat earrings to go with the necklace.

Here's an outline of what I did:
Strung some beads, wound 2 shuttles, and started with a mock ring (also known as an open end chain).

Slipped a round bead onto the starting loop. Then, I put the shuttle through that loop. The center bead has been tatted halfway around at that point.


The beads dangling at the bottom are in one large picot. Then, I tatted the rest of the way around the bead.

I like to keep a paper clip in the space where I'm going to join - that way the space is there when I need it - not hiding inside the bead!



Then a lock join to close up the mock ring, after which I tatted a small split ring.

Then slid up the same number of strung beads from each shuttle, and secured them in place with a lock stitch (one half not flipped, the other half flipped) to secure them in place.

I finished off with another split ring, followed by a normal ring, which was used to hide the ends.

12 comments:

Dona said...

Woow!!! it's wonderfull!!!!
Thanck you for the tutorial

Gina said...

Very pretty and so wedding-ish!

Marty said...

Those are beautiful. You make it look so easy, too!

Fox said...

Lovely and delicate...

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Very pretty!

TattingChic said...

Those are very pretty earrings! Love the tute, too! :)

Tatskool said...

That's afab tutorial, thanks so much. they are lovely, very weddingish.

Carol Lawecki said...

Beautiful and elegant!! I'm sure the bride will love the earrings!

AlessandraLace said...

great!!!! I would like to learn tatting, but I can't. I tried several times but I can't. many compliments

yarnplayer said...

Thank you all for the nice compliments!

Now that I think about it, these simple earrings actually do use several different skills that I've come to take for granted. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos of the work in progress.

When beginners are learning to tat with a shuttle, the main trick is the "flip". The thread wrapped around your left hand is the thread that actually forms the stitches. The thread coming from the shuttle is the "core" that slides inside the stitches. There are several websites now that offer free online videos, such as Sharon's Tatting at:
http://www.gagechek.com/slb/
Click on "Tatting Demo".

Shelley Jo said...

Lovely!

SY said...

These are exquisite!