Saturday, May 11, 2013

Tatting! Yes!

Today, I finally allowed myself to something non-school related, since, this week, I finished my English abstract, History notes for the final, History Honors paper, and a few extra things. The only thing I need to do for the rest of the semester is study Algebra (not a big deal) and finish my English Honors paper (1 page left. Easy.).

Needless to say, I was going to be CREATIVE! First thing I did was finish an itty bitty, crochet doily.

Beautiful yellow thread that I got a while back but didn't allow myself to use until there were no more educational obligations. The pattern is, of course, from 99 Little Doilies, my favorite. I've been using a smaller hook than usual. After completing the pattern (I don't actually choose the pattern specifically, I just look for one with very few rows and surprise myself.), I realized that I had done the pattern before in red with a bigger hook and same size thread. Here's the size comparison. Ridiculous, right?! They both actually look fine, but I like the tight look that the small hook gives.

Then I worked on this little beauty. Another new thread. After beginning the pattern, which was again a surprise, I remembered that I don't like it very much because of all the open space on the outer rows. So I made up my own pattern for the last two rows, drawing on ideas from the yellow doily above. Turned out pretty cute.

After all that crocheting, I decided I was ready to tat for the first time in a while. Not only did I want to tat, but I wanted to design. Ceremoniously, I prepared the area.

Supplies: Thread, shuttles, findings, beads, buttons, notebook, a page of ideas that I so thankfully wrote out forever ago.

Decided on my colors and picked out coordinating supplies.

Sketched my idea. Not the prettiest drawing I've ever seen....

Used two shuttles, something I rarely do, which you can probably tell from my hideous ring. Not sure why there's such a big space. On both  sides, nonetheless. Step one of idea complete.

Threaded the loose threads with beads, then swung them over.

See how I put the picots in beads?? I've never done that before! I looooove how it looks. For so long, I saw it all over blogs and didn't know how to attempt it. Also, see that space? How do I avoid that? I have no idea what I did wrong. As for beads, how do you thread them over the picots? I just wet it and pinched it, then forced it through with a little effort. Pretty sure there's a specific way you're supposed to do it.

Final product! Ta-da! I'm hoping those spaces aren't too noticeable. I really hate that I couldn't even prevent it totally the second time around, so I just stretched the one okay-side to make it even(ha).

I'm working on something else tatted that is VERY cool. The first part is complete. Now i just need to perfect it. Will post this week.



  1. I use two ways to add beads to picots depending on my 'mood'!!! I either use a very, very fine crochet hook and put the bead on that, then pull the picot through the bead. Also another way is to use a very fine sewing needle and thread and take that through the bead, through the picot and then back through the bead sliding the bead onto the picot. Please email me for more details if you wish. You shouldn't get such a big gap using these methods.

  2. Lovely earrings, well done on designing and making your own pattern

  3. that is a pretty doily. In crochet, it is not only the size of the thread that matters, it is the size of the hook. it is surprising to see the difference.
    Those are pretty earrings, however, I have a question, Those are heavy looking beads on the side chains, will they be able to hold them when they are hanging in your ears? I would think the chains might be large enough they would droop over time

    As for adding the beads to picots, there are several ways to do it, You can slip a tiny size 14 or smaller crochet hook through the bead, catch the picot and slide the bead onto the picot, then join to the picot to hold the bead in place. I have also used a thin beading wire doubled through the picot, then slide the bead onto the ends of the wire until it is down on the picot, remove the wire, then join. Thread a fine thread into a beading needle, then string your beads on to the thread, run the needle through the picot, then back through a bead, slipping the bead down the thread onto the picot and remove the needle from the picot. There are lots of ways of doing it.

  4. Isn't tatting designing fun! My sketches look just as rough, often like something a first grader would draw. For getting beads onto picots, I use a tiny crochet hook: slip the bead onto the hook, put the hook into the picot, slide the bead down. The earrings look great, and the crochet too.