Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pattern Sakura

For a tatting exhibition in Japan, organized by the Romanian Embassy in Tokio, I made a hair comb using the symbol of the Sakura.
The pattern is, again, not the important element here, but the technique, the way I made those little beads to make the floating stamen.

In order to do this you need to prepare your beads, a beading needle or simply something to allow you to pass a second time through the beads. I use just my guitar string, I think you saw it in action several times. 
Material needed: seed beads of your choice, stringing tool (dental floss, beading needle, your choice), 5 paper clips. 
1 Shuttle and ball (CTM). 
Technical difficulties: none! Just a nice mock picot and lock joins. Manipulating the beads and making clean lock joins is task enough.   
The Sakura has 5 petals, sou you will need to string 10 stamen on the shuttle and keep aside the beads for 5 others which you will string while you work. 
Preparing the beads: 
 Before filling the shuttle, prepare the stamen as follows: 
string the beads for 1 stamen. 
 pass the beading needle through the beads except the last one. 

 Snug. Done. Prepare to make the next 10 ones. 

Fill the shuttle with these stamen on. Group them by 2, leave some space in between them so you can use them when you need it and still have thread to work the needed ds. Do not cut the thread. 
The central stamen will be a long beaded picot secured with paper clip, so make sure you have all the material ready. 

Start ring with all the stamen in the loop.
Working sequence: repeat 5 times: 3 ds stamen 1 ds beaded picot with paper clip 1ds stamen 3 ds picot. 
The central part is done, you have all the elements ready. 
· Patience is needed to manipulate those beads (stamen), but it is easy: just take the upper one and move it... 
· Try to avoid beads with cutting edges.  

Next step: all chains and lock joins. I used sequences of 15 ds, but please, adjust them to fit your needs. I choose not to make any join between the chain, I like the way the petals just superpose. You can use the Catherine Wheel join, but I prefered to interrupt the core thread, to have a nice angle. 

In the picture of the comb, you have 3 different ways to use those stamen. 
Left one: long beaded picot. Simple. 
Middle: you have now already the directions. 
Right: 1 stamen used as a bead at the base of the ring. It is working and the beauty is that it can be done not to lay flat. 
Hope this helps. 
Have fun tatting. 


  1. I have done this method before with just beads, good directions and it is nice you combined it with tatting. I am impressed, you are lucky to make a beautiful tatted piece to display for Japan, and I think it was a great choice to make it on a comb too! You are so talented :)

    1. Thank you. I always thought beading and tatting go well together. I had only 5 pieces in this exhibition but you should have seen the other pieces exposed. Lacy dreams written in tatted knots! So many talented Romanian Tatters!

    2. Wow, that is very interesting I am so glad this event occurred. I just took mine to the fair and I don't think many people that interested and the fair was that big. It is nice to blog and keep up with tatting around the world :) I don't feel so alone :)

  2. That is a fun technique. I used it on the tatbead family back in 2007. Really ought to do a technique page on it. Perhaps I have already!!!! Not sure.

    1. It is fun towork with beads. Not an easy project for an impatient tatter (beads and paper clips in the way), but it is so rewarding. Paper clips can be avoided, of course by making a long picot, "gauge" it and add the beads during the second round... I did not see this one on your page, nore in Bellaonline of Georgia Seitz. I may be skipped it?

  3. Beautiful clip!!!! :)
    Wonderful design and colors!!! :)

  4. Thank you so much for sharing! Beautiful!

  5. Your hair comb is beautiful !!!
    Thank you for sharing this tutorial ^^

  6. I like making your other flower, will have to have a go at this more advanced version. Really pretty!

  7. This is so beautiful, thank you for the tutorial!

    1. Thank you, Anita. I hope you will have fun working it, if you dare.

  8. Thank you for showing us how to make your beautiful flowers, great turtorial

  9. Pięknie,wspaniale się prezentuje :)

  10. Corina, i want to try this but it looks so complicated and what we call "fiddly" with stamens and paperclips and all in the way of the fingers and shuttles. Maybe I'll be brave and try it anyway.

    Beautiful as always!

    1. Hi Grace. It only seems complicated, but it is not. The stamen do not disturb and the paper clips disappear if you make a gauge and make a very long picot to add the beads during the second round. Being brave is always rewarding.