Thursday, September 29, 2016



Dew-Drop 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.

Part #4:
     Brooches tatted with DMC floss, the bead sizes are in parenthesis “(  )”.   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 1 – 8 mm (10 mm) to the  large, bottom ring.  Use the BOT and TTA techniques.  Stitch this twice.
2.)  Add 2 – 2.5 mm (4 mm) in the remaining rings shown in red (see diagram).  Use BOP and TTS techniques.  Stitch this twice.
3.)  Add 3 – seed beads (3 mm) in the three rings shown in purple (see diagram).  Use BOP and TTA techniques.
4.)  For the pin bar:
a.     Use the same size beads for both the size 20 thread and the DMC floss.
b.     Add 2 – seed beads in the middle of the pin bar using the BOT technique.  Sew the beads around to keep them closer to each other.
c.      Add 4 – 3 mm beads using the BOT and TTA techniques (see diagram).
d.     Add 2 – 4 mm beads using the BOT and TTS techniques (see diagram).
e.     Attach the 5 seed beads to the focal part (Step # 1 – 2), using the three middle picots to join to (see diagram).

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.