Saturday, June 29, 2013

Game of beads

I make all kind of tests, I play with a lot of ideas... Sometimes I end up by spoling thread and time, the beads I can always re-use. I should, once, take a snapshot of my table (it is the coffee table in front of the TV)... It is full of cut ends, tests, loose seed beads. A mess, I have to admit.
I learned my lesson the hard way: I play, learn, test with bad thread. When I am happy with the result, I will make the same pattern with a better thread.
The last two pieces are a bracelet and a necklace. They wait for the clasps and I will make them in other colours too.

For the bracelet you can recognize the starting pattern idea. I am pretty happy with the small flower, it enhances a bit the effect. 

The necklace started a a test and the idea got somehow body. Guess I am now in playing with beads mood. Still thinking about a pearl for the pendant...
Both of the patterns I will make them in white and in black for sure.

Pattern for a small element

I am still in the search of patterns... all day long. But the ones I want, the Ankars ones, are nicelly hidden, for a good reason. I found some, like all of the ones interested in it, but just copying is not that funny.
The patterns wich really helped me understand were the one I call "for dummies"... the picture ones. I guess they have a name, did not find it yet.

So I played with my tatting and my phone camera. I put the result toghether in a pdf file. It is just an element of a bigger piece, the tricky part of it. It involves the ROR, both of them. It is not that difficult, but there are some parts where full attention and a lot of patience are needed.

Pattern and instructions for a small tatted element. I used it as a lower part of a earring pair.
The thread used for the pattern is not the ideal one, a polyester thread  brings a better effect. 

Here you have the link, since I have no idea how I can upload a PDF file in the blog. 

Please let me know if there is something to correct. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Necklace "Joie" pattern

I wanted to made some time ago a tatted bracelet. I saw a nice Ankars bracelet from Maranta and I want to do something similar. Of course it is far away from the original, I am not at that point ... yet. Short story: I started as a bracelet, after the beads it shrunk somehow so it ended up as an asymetric necklace:

I made it out wit orange silk thread and then sewed the beads (cristals, pearls and coral beads).
It is a 2 shuttles pattern, because it has split rings in.
Here is the rough pattern:
The first part is easy, if you are familiar with the complexe ring on ring method. The difficulty comes at the second part of the chain. In order to make the rings on the same side of the work, you have 2 possibilities. You work the bigger ring (the one marked with red) and then:
a) you don't turn work and work the rings 20 - 20 and 15 - 15 and join them with reverse join..
b) you turn the work, and work the rings (making sure that they are aligned UNDER the big ring) with normal join.
The second way was difficult for me and the rings did not close as I wanted them to close... You could make it better, I'm sure.
It will happen every second element...
As you see, for the trefoil you can choose to make or not the picots (8-8-8-8 or 8-16-8). After the split ring,  do not reverse work. The chain should be like this:
Of course you can change the number of ds as it pleases you, especialy for the chain. If you have a good thread wich allows you to work a stiffen lace, you will have no problem with larger chains. I was also tempted to join the bigger ring to the chain, but I did not like the effect.
Once you have the lace, you can play with the beads.