Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tricky earrings to go with "Vision" necklace, part 1

Been receiving requests for the pattern to the earrings that appear in one of the photos on my "Vision" necklace pattern.

Ok, the first tricky part:

Those were done a while back, the original pair is sold, and I didn't keep any notes! Yes, I do know that the design should have been written down, or a scribbled drawing with stitch counts made. I try to do that now with current ideas that seem sort of good. Anyway, starting with the stitch counts from the photo, I have been working out the pattern.

2nd tricky part:

There is a join on the 2nd half of a split ring, the side where the double stitches are not flipped. So the join needs to be made in such a way that the core thread is still able to slide. The join is started like a normal join, but then "popped through" so that the core thread remains smooth, and able to slide. The top photo is an attempt to show this.
The 2nd photo shows the second half of the join. From what I've read, apparently not all tatters "complete" their joins, but that is how I do mine.

3rd tricky part:

The unflipped stitches on the 2nd half of a split ring are generally worked in reverse order - that is, 2nd half first, followed by 1st half. So to complete the join, it is good to remain consistent - remember what half you should be on!

The 3rd photo shows the completed join followed by the next picot, still open.

The bottom photo shows the split ring closed. Whew! And the earring is not done yet!

Next installment on this project is still to come.


Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Very interesting! I enjoy your close-up photos and detailed instructions!

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

What a neat effect.

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

Tatting artists do not get enough coverage! Your work is gorgeous! Neither one of us tat, but we're both in awe of all of the talent and time that goes into this art form. Thanks so much for the kind remarks left on our blog. Jo :)