Tatted Blue Ornament

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Tatted Blue Ornament

I looked back on my old patterns and realized it had been a long time since I’ve done an ornament. It’s always an interesting challenge, so I made one for this month’s pattern.

Since we recently went on a long road trip (over 2300 miles!), and I needed to get this done, I took it with me. I’ve learned to tat in a moving car pretty well, but this is the first time I’ve added beads to the tatting. It took me a while to figure out where to put the beads and the crochet hook so that they didn’t drop on the floor and were easy to reach. Once I figured that out, and once I adjusted again to the movement, it went pretty well. But I don’t think I’ll do it again anytime soon.

This is an experienced beginner pattern because of the use of beads and the need for two shuttles.

I used Lizbeth white thread in size 40.

Printable pattern (98K. Opens a new window.)

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You will need:

Thread in your choice of color in size 40. If you choose to use a different size, you will need to adjust the number of motifs in the design.
2 tatting shuttles or tatting needles
A small crochet hook that will fit through the eye of a bead
Approximately 610 size 11 seed beads
One 3″ satin-covered styrofoam ball
1 sewing needle

ds double stitch
p picot
j join
bj bead join

Instructions:

Motif 1

Add four beads to shuttle 1
Using shuttle 1:
R: (2ds p) 9 times, 2ds, close, turn
*Ch: (2ds p) 4 times, 3ds, do not turn, pull down one bead from shuttle 1
Using shuttle 2:
R: 3ds j to last p of previous Ch, (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds, close, do not turn
R: 3ds bj to last p of previous R, (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds, close, do not turn
R: 3ds bj to last p of previous R, (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds, close, do not turn, pull down one bead from shuttle 1
Using shuttle 1:
Ch: 3ds j to last p of previous R, (2ds p) 3 times, 2ds, turn
R: (2ds p) 3 times, 2ds bj to sixth p of first R, (2ds p) 5 times, 2ds, close, turn
Side Ch: (2ds p) 3 times, (3ds p) 3 times, (2ds p) twice, 2ds, turn*
R: (2ds p) 3 times, 2ds bj to sixth p of previous R, (2ds p) 5 times, 2ds, close, turn
Repeat between * once more
R: (2ds p) 3 times, 2ds bj to previous central R, 2ds p 2ds bj to fourth p of first R, (2ds p) 3 times, 2ds, close.
Cut and tie.

Motif 2

Repeat motif 1 except work the last Ch as follows.

Ch: (2ds p) 3 times, 3ds bj to fifth p of one of the side chains of previous motif, 3ds bj to next p on same chain, 3ds p (2ds p) 2 times, 2ds, turn

Motifs 3-7

Repeat motif 2

Motif 8

Repeat motif 2 except bj to motif 7 with the first side chain, and bj to motif 1 with the last side chain.

Slip tatting over the satin ball and center vertically. Pin center rings in each motif to keep work in place as you complete the top and bottom portions.

Top beading:
Cut a piece of thread about 5 feet (1.5 meters) long. Tie one end to the ring at the top of the satin ball, leaving about six inches free. (If there is no ring on the ball, work the top the same as the bottom as described below.) Add 15 beads to the thread and pull the thread through the center p of the top ring of a motif, pulling the thread snugly, but not tight. **Add 15 beads to the thread and wrap around the ring on the ball. Add 15 more beads and pull the thread through the center p of the top ring of a motif not directly across from the previous motif, snugly but not tight.** Continue until all motifs are used. Tie the thread to the first thread. Thread one thread end into a sewing needle and take a big stitch into the satin ball. Cut thread where it exits the ball and hide behind the satin threads. Repeat for the other thread end.

Bottom beading:
Cut a piece of thread about 5 feet (1.5 meters) long. Thread a sewing needle and take a thick stitch into the bottom of the ball, leaving about six inches free. Insert a pin at the center of the ball bottom as well. Add 15 beads to the thread and pull the thread through the center p of the bottom ring of a motif, pulling the thread snugly, but not tight. **Add 15 beads to the thread and pass it by the pin in the ball. Add 15 more beads and pull the thread through the center p of the bottom ring of a motif not directly across from the previous motif, snugly but not tight.** Continue until all motifs are used. Pull the first thread out of the ball and tie the threads together. Thread one of the ends onto a sewing needle. Weave the needle over and under the threads with beads on them and pull tight. This forms a little “spider web”. Once you’re certain the threads are secure, tie the thread ends together. Thread one thread end into a needle and take a big stitch into the satin ball. Cut thread where it exits the ball and hide behind the satin threads. Repeat for the other thread end.

Optional: add a tassel to the bottom of the ornament. Here is a good video that shows how to make a tassel.

Tatting: Tatted ornament visual diagramCopyright 2014 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.
 

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