Sunday, October 24, 2010

beads on an earring

Yesterday Jane Eborall on her blog posted about beads and sizes.
Today Gina posted on her blog about bead sizes and gave us a nifty scan to show relative bead sizes.
Bree has posted a wonderful tutorial about beads
so I thought I would add a bit to the discussion.
I am working on 2 pair of these earrings. I am using Lisbeth size 40 thread in Christmas Green with delica beads. I can add the delica beads with a size 15 mini crochet hook.

I didn't block this yet, and since this is just the first trial to see if the person who commissioned these liked them, there will be a few corrections to the techniques I used for adding the beads.
I used 3 different techniques to add the beads,
1. the direct method, where you thread the beads when you are winding the shuttle,
2. adding beads to a joining picot between the rings and between rings and the chain below
3. adding beads to a long picot that you then join back to, I used this for the side beads on the 2 top rings.

I am grateful to all those who post instructions for new techniques on the web.

the pattern in one of Jane Eborall's, I don't think it is listed on her pattern website so you will need to contact her for the pattern if you want it.

~later~ I have heard from Jane and it looks like the pattern may be in the public domain.


  1. Great! The more we share, the more appealing tatting is to those who aren't quite sure if they want to or not.

  2. Cute earrings! Love the beads.
    Fox : )

  3. Cool pattern, nicely done. I hope Jane puts it on her website - not that I can't contact her!

    Thanks for more info on using beads. It's great to know as many techniques as possible!

  4. Very lovely! Do you need to starch it so that the tree can maintain its shape?

  5. I commented before I saw your comment on my blog. One thing I wanted to add was I'm glad you mentioned 3 ways of adding beads just in this one piece. It's an excellent example!

  6. Thanks Ladies,
    Singtatter, I don't think I will have to starch them, the stitch count is small 2ds for both rings and chains, and I tat fairly tight, so they seem to hold their shape. there are no "floppy" joins, as I was able to keep the picots just big enough to use a size 15 crochet hook to add the beads. I will get them wet and pin them out to dry, that often seems to be the only thing I need to do with small items. I will have to see how they are after blocking.
    Thanks Gina, I was glad that I knew how to do the different beading techniques.


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