Friday, March 31, 2023

Celtic Triangle Necklace pattern

This pattern is now available from my Etsy shop. 

Tatting techniques used include ring, picot, chain, join, Catherine Wheel join, bead picot, and floating ring. It's written from the shuttle tatting point of view, since that's what I do, but the pattern should be do-able for needle tatters as well, and they wouldn't even need a Celtic shuttle!

The center part of this pattern is a demonstration in one of my video lessons on Craftsy, in the "Next Steps In Shuttle Tatting" course. But, the extensions on the sides and bottom are new, and since so many people asked how to do this version of the motif it is now written as a pattern with stitch count photographs, written directions in English and several in-progress photographs.

 Be aware that this finished motif does require three 7mm jump rings to hold the parts together to keep it stable, otherwise the tatted extensions would just flop around loosely. That's one of the reasons that I hesitated in offering this version as a pattern. But, the jump rings do give it a rustic appearance and are decorative. I used Vintaj natural brass roped cable jump rings on the model, but any kind can be used as long as they're the correct size.

I finished the pattern model with 2.4mm cable chain, smaller 6mm jump rings to fit the chain, lobster style clasp, and extender chain. Of course it can be finished in many other ways, tatted in many colors, and I'm looking forward to seeing the creativity of others using this pattern!

Friday, March 24, 2023

Updated "Quadrille" earring pattern


My original "Quadrille" pattern had been in my Etsy shop since 2009. I think it was the first pattern that I put there, 1 page with only one picture and written instructions. Time for an upgrade!

The new pattern has the same written instructions, so it's simply the very same pattern, but it is now 4 pages and I have added over 14 in-progress photos! Still the same price, only $2 USD.

Saturday morning update: Quadrille on Etsy now includes both the new 4 page pattern and the original 1 page pattern files for instant download.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Some Celtic necklaces and tatting plus wire earrings


Celtic Triangle necklace. I started with the Celtic Triangle Pendant taught in my "Next Steps In Shuttle Tatting" course on Craftsy, then added on to make the necklace. 

More about this shamrock pattern on this page.

I was talked into making these earrings! Making a pair of anything is twice the work of one item, plus they're expected to match or at least "go together". Also smaller so more difficult than a pendant. But pretty, aren't they?

Another person talked me into making these! But she bought me lunch and paid more than I asked, so that worked out better than expected! Wire in these is gold filled, which I hardly ever use, it's pricey!

Spring is "progressing" slowly with many steps back into winter. Just how it always is in my corner of Wisconsin.

But I have crocuses blooming!