Sunday, January 26, 2014

Bugle snowflake

Do you remember the snowflake with bugles? If not, I help you, it was in this entry from November. The tattter attending the on-line tatting classhaev already a clue why I feel like coming back to this entry. This snowflake is part of the lesson fromt he 27th of November. Reason? Working with bugles.
Actually it is not that difficult. Just imagine you work with more than 2 seed beads. I admit, not that versatile, but definitelly, a lot of possibilities.
For a start: there are at least two tatting designers who worked with bugles. One is Frivole the other one is Sabina Carden-Madden. Sabina's wonderful candle snowflake is here

As for mine, I decided to make a sort of step by step turorial, at least for the critical phases of the nowflake. 

To begin with, there are 2 sizes a bugles, I used the 5mm ones. And there are normal bugles and the swirled ones (wich have a beautiful effect, on the tatting). Since they are so long, only one of them get on a fine crochet hook. This is the reason I use my "magic broken guitar string". 

Do you remember the pattern of the snowflake? 3 rounds. 
All you need: 2 shuttles (CTM if possible), 2 paper clips, this string, a hook. 
After the first one (just a ring with 5 picots with 3 ds in between. 
Round 2: start SR: Shuttle 1: 6 ds 2 bugles picot (secured with paper clip), 3 ds
Shuttle 2: 6 ds long picot (made with the thread from the shuttle), 3 ds, close ring. 



Now do not turn, make the 16 ds chain. 
Turn work, start ring: 3 ds remove paper clip from the long "bugled" picot, make join, work 6 ds, join the the nest picot from the first round, 6 ds, make new long picot, 3ds close. 

After this, you just repeat the sequences (chain 16, rings). 

After you make the final chain, make a lock join and start the round 3 with a chain.
Turn work and start ring with the first shuttle: 6ds, join in between the bugles, 6ds, close. 


Turn work, take shuttle 2 and make the trefoil Then the chain, make lock join...

Do you remeber about the swirled bugles I was talking about at the begining? This is the effect: 

These are just tests. I should make an entry only for the bugles in tattig. Tomorrow. Promise. 
Have fun. 


  1. Very good pictures I can understand and not know your language :) just with the pictures

    1. Thank you. This is the idea... I know I would get puzzled to read: secure bugles with paper clip.. remove paper clip...

  2. Interesting and great pictures showing how to do it, makes a very different look on a snowflake.

    1. Thank you, Margaret. It is not difficult to do it. Only the paper clips are bothering sometimes.

  3. Wonderful tutorial! The first time I tried to tat your snow flake, I only put 1 bugle bead on the picot. LOL. I soon found out that would not work! You will save others from my silly error.

    1. Glad it helped! I thought the first pattern was clear enough, with the graphics and all... One can never know. Have fun, if you decide to work it again!