Monday, September 23, 2013

10 minutes tat

I had to finish the thread on a shuttle, so I played.

Pattern for a simple pair of earrings
1 shuttle pattern.
Fun fact: you can stop after various phases and you will still have something interesting.
Not difficult at all, fast to be done and if you have a young pupil, it is perfect to give it to her during the class... She will not feel that she made the folded join or the lock join, promise! 
I choose to make these instructions like this, with pictures, I know it helped me a lot when I found something in this form. Honestly, I spent more time by taking the pictures and to process them than for the actual tatting. 

This is all you need. The bead has a large hole, large enough to let the chain pass through.
Secure the begining of the chain with a paper clip.
Start to tat the chain.
60 ds.
Of course you can change the amount of ds as you like, this part will hang anyway behind your bext element.

What you need now is to place the bead. Mine has 1,5mm hole, enough to be strung on the chain.
Remove the paper clip and string the pearl.

Make join lock to close the chain and to form it as a ring.

Now start the flower.
7-7-7-7 in my case. I have a very fine thread, so my flower vill have max. 2 cm diameter.
Without the picots for the upper ring now you have a small ring, or pendant, right?
I continued. Still you can stop at this point, you will still have something to make a finished object.
But I continued. Now this could be a pendant… Or with a pearl still an earring.
But I finished my flower. I wanted it a six petal one.
Why? You can fold it, see?
And if yo add a pearl in a ring, it is happy enough.

Small, simple things may bring a lot a satisfaction. Remember when you made the first flower? This is the feeling you will never loose. I don't know you, but after I finish the simpliest flower, I take a break to feel it in my hands. Dumm enough.

Back to the pattern topic. I wanted to start to make some. Mined field, I know. I have already submitted 2 of them in my Etsy shop. They are very simple.

One of them is a beaded rosette. The pattern is simple but in the instructions I put clear explanations (diagrammed ones) of the beads placement on the shuttle (for 1 and for 2 colors) and the possible variations. It can be a pendant or, with some variations, a nice beaded snowflake.

The second one, is a flower, an orchid. This time it has the visual pattern and the pictures of the different prases.

Have fun! And if you decide to give a try to this 10 minutes pattern, please let me know. I am curious to see all your ideas, you are all sooo creative!