Sunday, December 13, 2015

Bauble fever

I do have a huge shortage in time. I do not have the time to make a tatting tutorial the way I like it.
Lately I made some baubles. But one of the patterns used especially is pretty versatile.

I will post the picture and the written pattern. It is a very easy one. No idea, I may have been seen something similar. Anyway, did not copy voluntarily anyone. If so, Please let me know.
You can work it with a shuttle and a ball, CTM, of course. I prefer though the 2 colours version. No trick, simple sequence ring, chain, ring.
I worked this patterns with a Penny 30 thread and Finca Metallic thread (really fine one). Yes, I am not afraid to mix the threads sizes, the effect is always rewarding. So, please adjust your ds accordingly. All the picots are very small picots.

The only difficult step is the start: with a chain with a paperclip.

Place the paperclip, start chain: 10 - 19 - 1, snug, turn work.
* Ring 1: 10 + (remove paper clip, make join) 9 - 1, close, do not turn work.
R2: 1 + 9 -10, close,  turn work.
Ch: 1 + 18 -1 snug, turn work.
Work trefoil:
R: 10 + 6 - 4, close, dnt
R: 4 + 10 - 10 - 4, close, do not turn
R: 4 + 6 - 10 close turn work.
Ch: 1 + 18 - 1, snug, turn work.
R: 10 + 9 - 1, close, do not turn work.
R: 1 + 9 - 10, close, turn work.
Ch: 1 + 19 - 10, make lock join to the last ring.
Continue Ch: 10 - 19 + 1, snug, turn work. *
Repeat from * to *.

When you got the desired length, cut and work the second half, joining chains at the remaining picot.
You will get this. Bookmark, bracelet, also good.

For a 3 cm diameter baulbe: 4 elements were enough. I closed first the lower part with a ring (I think there were 6 or 8 ds between the picots from the trefoil). To close the motif on the bauble: just passed a thread through the picots and snug.

For a 6 cm diameter, I used 5 elements.


For a 8 cm diameter I placed the lace vertically, and fasten both ends. I made also 2 flowers and sewed the elements together.
Why did I say that the pattern is versatile? well... If you join the picots with a flower or a ring and if you stiffen the lace with an inflated balloon, you will get a lace bauble. I tested it, it works. If you work 4 elements, you will get a nice cube.
If you work only a half of the stripe with 5 or 6 elements and join the upper picots of the trefoils with a flower, you will get a star or a snowflake .
Have fun. I know I did.


  1. This really does look like fun, especially with it's versatility :-) The baubles look super happy, too ! Thanks for sharing your pattern & ideas :-)

  2. Why not start with a ring? If you make a round it doesn't matter where you start....

    1. You are right. But since there is a difference in respect of final result of the lace (because of the thread mainly and also the baubles dimensions), if you want to place the stripe more or less at the equator of the bauble, then it is not a doily kind of motif that you would like to consider. If you aim to cover upper and lower part, then yes, your solution is the best.

  3. That's really pretty, thanks for showing us how.

  4. They are gorgeous and would look lovely on your tree :). Must see if I have some plain one to decorate with tatting :).

  5. I love how your pattern mirrors the other one like looking in a lake it is beautiful and how you have applied this to ornament is wonderful too!

  6. Foarte frumos , Corina ! Tot ce faci tu e deosebit ! Desi visam de multa vreme , abia am pasit in tainele tatting-ului de cateva zile ( zile in care n-am facut mai nimic in jurul meu pana nu am reusit sa fac si eu cateva petale de floare cat de cat uniform :))si te urmaresc constant pentru ca am ce invata . Sa ai spor !

    1. Spor la treaba, Corina. Te-ai lasat napadita de o frumoasa obsesie. Cu fiecare nodulet vine si siguranta, ai sa vezi Daca tu crezi ca te por ajuta, da un semn in Facebook.

  7. Wow, this is brilliant, love your idea, thanks for sharing...

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  8. Wow, I love the style and they looks phenomenal, love your idea, thank you for sharing this lovely information

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