Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Embellishments (Part 2)

Turquoise Pendent (Part 2 of 3)

 One of my high school art teachers made us draw out three designs for every project.  She would choose which one would challenge us most.  

Start out by drawing around your "cleaned-up" doo-dad.  Look at the designs and colors in the doo-dad.  This doo-dad has scrolls, turquoise and silver for color.

I like to incorporate the doo-dad into tatting.  I'm using Lizbeth, size 40, Ocean Teal Dk; silver, glass seed beads, and part of the scroll design from the doo-dad. 
Now you are ready for the base layer.  I want my pieces sturdy, so I rarely do any fancy tatting in this step.  If you tat tight or a beginner, you may want to make a picot every two or three DS.  

Tat around your piece connecting when ever you can (don't connect, if it will cover your doo-dads pattern.)  When I connect, I use the Catherine Wheel stitch.  As you can see from the picture, I don't have any picots.  I make my picot-joins very small and I don't tat extremely tight.  This allows me to insert a needle, between the DS and raise an very,very,  small picot.  I'm sure this is a HUGE NO, NO.  But it works for me!!


  1. I am really enjoying these posts they are so interesting, thank you for sharing and writing them, I am looking forward to the next part.

  2. It's fun to read about the process! Who knows, maybe I'll make use of the pieces I've purchased for embellishing with tatting one of these days.