A few posts back I was playing around with beads and I said I would share what I was doing. If you are a follower of my blog you know my life has been super crazy. But I always keep my promises...even if it takes seemingly forever. So here we go:
This is the first part...(double rows of beads tutorial to come at a later date).
In this tutorial all rings are 2double stitches each separated by 7 beads total.
In case you didn't know..(and I didn't know this for a long time) the thread in the ring is called your working thread because it will make up the double stitches. The thread coming from the shuttle is called your core thread because it is the thread that runs through the core of your stitches.
This example shows how beads are added to a ring the "normal" way. It's the way most of us tatters add beads. These beads are brought into the circle of Working thread that makes up the ring.
And this is what a ring looks like when we add beads on the Working thread.
Another way to do it, (and for a completely different look) you can add the beads from the core thread which is coming off of your tatting shuttle. See how the beads being added in this picture are not contained in the circle?
Here is what the rings look like side by side. The ring on the left was tatted with beads from the working thread and the ring on the right was tatted with beads on the core thread.
So of course, the next thing to do would be to mix it up and bring in beads from BOTH the working and the core threads as you can see in this photo.
Although I haven't done it in this example, if you wanted you can even get trickier by having the working thread beads a different color than the core thread beads. Cool eh?
Here are all three rings together.
...and I kept on going with some zany combos until I ran out of beads....if this doesn't give you some new ideas I don't know what will....LOL!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Now you can jazz up your tatting in a new way.
Of course I always love and invite comments, so please don't be shy and just say "hi".