Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Embellishment Tatting

Embellishment Tatting

    For those who are afraid to start tatting on a piece of old jewelry, here is another lesson.  Diane was so kind to send me some rings, she had found.  The rings were stretchy rings, that I took apart.   The focal portion was 1.5" X 1.75", with 28 scallops on the edge.

     1.)  Look at the colors in the piece of jewelry.
     2.)  This one has turquoise, rhinestones and silver.
     3.)  Incorporating theses colors, I'm using Size 20, Lizbeth, Blue Rivers Glads, silver-lined 11/0 seed beads and 4 mm, faceted, turquoise beads.
     4.)  I loaded up the thread with a ton of seed bead (146) and 28 - 4 mm beads (one for each scallop).
     5.)  Now look at the design of the piece.  You want to incorporate this into the tatting. 
     6.)  Notice the center is a turquoise stone (4 mm beads).
     7.)  The next round in rhinestones (silver-lined seed beads).
     8.)  The outer round is lets get started.


    1.)  My design is all chains, so I loaded up the shuttle with 2 yards of thread, adding the 4 mm beads to the shuttle.

     2.)  Where to start tatting.
     3.)  I want things to last, so I start away from where the bail will be (12 'o clock position.)
     4.)  I also don't want your eye to draw near that area
( 3, 6, 9 'o clock position.)
     5.)  Therefore, I'm going to start around 7-8 'o clock position.
     6.)  On the foundation round, I don't like to add beads.  Especially, beads off the core thread...things need to last.  I don't want the beads to wear the finish on my jewelry and I don't want my beads getting scratched up.
     7.)  For this piece I started with 4 Catherine-Wheel joins (cwj), in the scallop, 1 ds, 4 Catherine-Wheel joins in the next scallop and continue around.  Lock join to the 1st thread, attaching in the back.
     8.)  Noticed I didn't add any picots anywhere.  I'm sure this is a big No-No, but I pull a slight one as I go.  My picot-joins are, always, very small, so this doesn't effect the tatting.  I pull the picot, very slightly, using a small size 10 darning needle.

     9.)  Next round:   During this round, I will pull an extremely small picot (just enough to get a size 15 or 16 crochet hook in).
    10.)  Tat:  1 - (very small) 1, slide up a 4 mm bead (core thread) and 5 seed beads (working thread), 1 - (very small) 1. 
    11.)  Lock join between the last cwj and the 1ds (foundation round) will pull a picot here.
    12.)  Tat 1 ds and Lock join between the 1 ds (foundation round) and the will pull another picot here.
    13.)  Repeat steps 10 - 12, around, joining to the very small picot from the last 1-1.
    14.)  Once done, you can cut and hide ends or perform a split chain.
    15.)  I hate hiding ends! so I performed the split chain...lock join to the next picot join, then lock join to the starting point.  Work a double stitch (this is part of the split chain) then work one more double stitch.  Join to the first picot, from this round.

    16.)  This round has formed a scalloped look.  Do not try to straighten this round.  This is imitating the scallop edge of the original piece of jewelry.

    17.)  Final round:  this will consist of chains and the bail.  I usually wind my thread to floss-cards.  This way I can use it as a shuttle, for a small amount of tatting, plus they store well.  The bail consist of a floating ring, so this comes in handy.
    18.)  Tat 13 ds, lock join to the next picot. 
    19.)  Tat around until you get to the point to add the bail.  I want things to last, so I add finding to a tatted bail instead of a picot.  Picots can wear, fray and stretch.  A tatted bail has substance to it.
    20.)  The chain, before the center of the piece (the center is between the chains) should be 8 - 5.  Remember, very small picots.
    21.)  Next chain (other side of the piece), 5 ds,
            floating ring:  1 ds, slide up seed bead from the floss-card, 1 ds + (join to the picot from the last chain made) [1 ds, slide up seed bead] do this 5 times; 1ds.  Close ring. 
            finish the chain with 8 ds.  Lock join to the next picot from the last round.
    22.)  Continue step 18 around.  Cut and hide ends.  This piece is suppose to have a scalloped look, so don't thy to flatten the ends.  You may adjust the chains to make it look uniform.
    23.)  Add a jump ring to the bail.  I want things to last so I added an oval jump ring instead of a round jump ring.  Round ones can spin and the ends could wear on the threads.

     My notes as I went along...hope this helps.  If you need help, designing a piece, don't be afraid to ask.  Thanks again, Diane, for the rings :)


  1. Interesting post, I am not afraid of tatting around brooches, it's nice to breath new life into an old item, I hate old clips that like to stick in my hand as I tat.

  2. Marie, this is absolutely great ! Thank you for sharing in such detail. Easy to follow and very tempting to try - must find something I can use ....
    Beautiful, elegant piece, as always :-)

    1. If you need help, don't be afraid to ask.

    2. Thanks :-))) Have slotted it for Jan 2017.

  3. Absolutely stunning!!! :) Thank you so much for the lesson!!! :)

  4. Magnificent! Thanks very much for showing so clearly how it was done.

  5. That is awesome! You have transformed what I considered to be a boring ring into a stunning pendant! I plan to try this some day. I don't know why I've hesitated.

    1. Thanks, you want me to send some of them back so you can try? Don't be afraid to try.

    2. I actually have some pieces that I've been saving for embellishment. I just haven't taken the time to try. I'll have to look and see if I kept any of the rings for myself. I'm pretty sure I did!

      Is it difficult to come up with ideas when you have multiples of the same piece? I really enjoy seeing all the beautiful pieces you embellish!

    3. Thanks, I don't have problems with multiples. Some embellishments want to be dressed up several ways. The rings are one of them. Just finished another ring with a slight change. Have another design for the ring but working out a bracelet to go with the one I just finished. Will post the latest soon.

  6. Thank you, Diane, for the inspiration and encouragement as well as the lesson.

  7. it's great and I have some wonderful books you have published too :)