Thursday, August 25, 2016



3-Layered Flower Brooch         
© 2016 Marie McCurry

Beads and Terms:
    Experienced tatters can add the beads as you tat the brooch.  Beginners may want to sew them in, after your done tatting the brooch.  Feel free to substitute beads.

Step #3:
     Brooches tatted with DMC floss, the bead sizes are in parenthesis “(  )”.  Omit the top, tatted pin bar for the DMC floss, this includes the two seed beads, extending from the bar.  Any color/type of beads may be substituted.
     The black lines show the direction to sew the beads in.  Sew through the beads a few times for stability.  The ends may be used to sew in the beads or use sewing thread.

1.)  Add 6 – 6 mm (8 mm) to the “back layer”rings.  Use the BOP and TTS techniques.  Stitch this twice (see diagram).
2.)  Add 6 – 2.5 mm (4 mm) to the “middle layer” rings.  Use the BOP and TTA (use the picot joins) techniques.  Stitch this twice.
3.)   Add 1 – 6 mm (6mm) in the middle of the brooch.  Use the BOT technique and sew between the rings of the “front layer.”
4.)  For the pin bar:
a.     Use the ends to attach the R2 and R3 to the pearl tatting (*) (see diagram).  Stitch this a few times.  This strengthens and straightens the rings.
b.     Add a 3 mm bead to R1 and R4, using the BOP and TTS technique.
c.      A seed bead to connect the pin bar to the brooch (see diagram for placement) (any small bead can be substituted).
d.     Extra beads can be add to the pin bar…be creative.

Step #4:
    Sew on the pin bar.  Use the holes and ends to attach the pin bar to the brooch.  Make sure you place the pin bar above the “horizontal axis” (see diagram).  Doing so, will prevent the brooch from “flopping” forward. 

Add a drop of acid-free glue on the tatting, where the “flap” hits the tatting (see diagram).  This will prevent the tatting from wearing.  This brooch should be stiff enough, not requiring stiffener.

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