Wednesday, August 24, 2016
3-Layered Flower Brooch
© 2016 Marie McCurry
This was written using size 20, Lizbeth thread and DMC embroidery floss (in parenthesis). Feel free to add decorative picots and/or beads. This brooch also would make a great pendant, bracelet, ring or earrings. Finished size: 1 3/8” in diameter (size 20 thread) and 1 5/8” in diameter (DMC floss).
2 – Colors of size 20, Lizbeth thread or DMC embroidery floss (use all 6-strands)
1 – Strand of gold or silver, metallic sewing thread (Coats & Clark or Sulky)
1 – 1” pin bar, may need a smaller on for the size 20 Lizbeth thread or tat around the pin bar.
2 – 12/0 seed beads (SB), for the pin bar (any small bead can be substituted)
6 – 2.5 mm (4mm) round beads
2 – 3 mm round beads, for the pin bar
1 – 6 mm (6mm) round bead, for the center
6 – 6 mm (8 mm) round beads
2 – Shuttles
Matching sewing thread (optional, can use the ends to sew in the beads.)
All tatting will be done with one strand of metallic sewing thread and one strand of size 20 thread (DMC floss).
NOTE: This part can be tatted in three parts; the “back layer” first, then the “middle layer,” and finally the “front layer.” For experienced tatters, you may tat the “middle” and “front layers” together. The “back layer” is tatted in one color and the “middle” and “front layer”, in another. If desired, all three layers can be tatted with different colors. All layers are shuttle only.
Wind 1 – shuttle with the first color thread and the metallic thread.
The “back layer” consists of a total of six rings: 8 – 14 – 8, joining at the picots (see diagram). Tie the ends together.
Wind 2 – shuttle with the second color thread and the metallic thread. This color will be used for the next layer.
The “middle layer” consists of a total of six rings: 4 – 4 – 4 – 4, joining the first and last picots to the current rings and the middle picots to the “back layer” (*) (see diagram). Tie the ends together.
The “front layer” consists of a total of six rings (using the same shuttle/color): 2 – 2 – 2 – 2, joining the first and last picots to the current rings and the middle picots to the “middle layer” (*) (see diagram). Tie the ends together. You can hide ends now or use the ends to add the beads.
Experience tatters may want to tat the “middle” and “front layers” all at once. See the diagram below. Attach the picots (*) to the joining picots of the “back layers.” Start tatting the purple ring first, then the red ring, etc.…around (see diagram).
DMC on the left and size 20 thread on the right.
If the brooch was tatted with size 20 Lizbeth thread and there isn’t a pin bar smaller than 1”, then tat around a 1” pin bar to hang the brooch from. One or two colors may be used, with the metallic thread added. Two small shuttles are required to tat this. This technique would look great for small “Embellished” tatted pieces. :)
Tat the pin bar with the pin open. Start tatting at needle end.
R1 (back ring): 2 – 7 – 2 (see diagram)
R2 (front ring): 2 + (join to the first picot of R1) 4 + (joint to the second picot of R1) 2. Tie ends together for stability.
Note: Tie the ends around the back of the pin bar then tie in front of the pin bar, before starting the pearl tatting. This keeps the rings from slipping around, while trying to start the first double stitch.
Pearl tat across the bar and tie ends together in the back of the pin bar then the front of the pin bar for stability.
R3 (front ring): 2 – 4 – 2
R4 (back ring): 2 + (join to the first picot of R3) 7 + (joint to the second picot of R3) 2. You can hide ends now or use the ends to add the beads.