Wednesday 28 November 2018

Short bugles

My apologies to  Corina Meyfeldt  as I am sure this was not what she had in mind for this snowflake pattern

I went wrong using short bugle beads and the Lizbeth Metallic thread which tats up slightly larger than 20.  I have also found that this flake did not lie flat but the overall effect is a quite pleasing 3D effect.

I used a Lizbeth Metallic 20 Color 321. I am still not sure if I like this thread, I do like the color and it is a bit more sparkly than it appears in the photo.

More flakes to come.

Friday 23 November 2018


These earrings can be tatted up in an afternoon.  I think it took me longer to figure  out how to load the beads than it actually took to tat. Well maybe not quite but they do work up really fast.

This pattern is from a facebook post by Gloria Nelson of  Sparkling Light Creation Studios and I have provided a link  here.  Please note that the order of the bead placement in her directions are for needle tatters.

This is how to do it using two shuttles. Wind 5 yards on shuttle one and place the beads as follows on shuttle one thread, 8 red beads, 7 gold beads, 8 red beads and 3 bugle beads.  Do this sequence twice, then pull off one yard along with 3 bugle beads and wind shuttle 2.  Start your first ring with two red beads round the hand.  Tat ring B as a throw ring with the bugle beads round the hand.  Continue around, all picots either have a bead on them or are small joining picots.  When choosing beads that will be on a picot, they should match the size of the thread so they do not twist or be too floppy.

I used a size 30 Omega thread, not the best for tatting but fine for a pair of earrings.  Finished size is just less than 1.5 inches. Change up the color of the beads along with the thread  as you desire.

Tuesday 20 November 2018

One Little Picot

I find it amazing what one little picot added to this pattern by Patti Duff has done.  The typical lanyard has been transformed, so much so that the new design gave me inspiration for a pair of matching earrings.

This lanyard is meant to be stitched on a hat as a hatband and together with the earrings are being gifted to a lovely lady who gifted to me her extra pair of boot grippers.

If the hatband is too long a small part can just dangle down or if too short then a flower or bow can be added to make up the space.

I used a Tatsy shuttle for the long hatband but only a small shuttle is required for the earrings.  Don't forget that extra thread and beads on the shuttle can become zipper pulls of various lengths.

I used a vintage Coats 30 ecru and a 3mm glass bead.  The hatband is 22.2  inches or 57 cm long.

Thank you once again Patti for a quick and easy one shuttle pattern. 

Wednesday 14 November 2018

And Another lanyard

Oh yes another lanyard. 

I have provided a link to the pattern here and you can adjust to fit your size of beads.  I have used size 20 Hakelgarn with inexpensive glass beads.

If you don't have access to a Tatsy shuttle you can do this in stages adding on thread and beads as required.  You can even make this without beads.

Extra thread and beads already loaded became zipper pulls. .