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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016



Dew-Drop 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 or earrings.  Finished size:  1 1/4” X 1 ¼”  (size 20 thread) and 1  ½”  X  1  ¾”  (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
10 – 12/0  (7) seed beads
2 – 2.5 mm (4mm) round beads
4 – 3 mm  (4)round beads
2 – 4 mm (4mm) round bead
1 – 8 mm (10 mm)  opalite (sea glass) round beads
2 – Shuttles
Matching sewing thread (optional, can use the ends to sew in the beads.)
Acid-free glue
      All tatting will be done with one strand of metallic sewing thread and one strand of size 20 thread (DMC floss). 
Step #1:
Wind shuttle one (SH 1) with the first color thread (in red) and the metallic thread.
Wind shuttle two (SH2) with the second color thread (in purple) and the metallic thread.

R1:  6 – 3 – 9 – 9 – 3 – 6
While tatting the chain, skip the first and last picots on the  ring (*), these picots are for step #2.
C1:   10 + (Catherine Wheel Join (CWJ) on the second picot) 10 + (CWJ on the third picot) 10 + (CWJ on the forth picot) 10.  Tie ends together.

Step #2:


     Tat in alphabetical order (see diagram).  Join rings “A” and “B” (*) to the first and last picots in the ring from step #1.  You can hide ends now or use the ends to add the beads. 


Size 20 thread on the left DMC on the right.
Part #3:
Use two shuttles to tat the pin bar.  Your choice of color to use.  Remember to add one strand of metallic thread.  This portion can be tatted with the needle closed.  The pin bar, usually, has three holes.   Therefore, start tatting with one of the end holes.

       The stitch count is for size 20, Lizbeth thread and the numbers in “( )” are for DMC embroidery floss.    The shaded area require four Catherine Wheel Joins (CWJ).    Follow the diagrams.  The rings on the ends are “floating rings.”  You can hide ends now or use the ends to add the beads.  

Size 20 thread.