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Points in Time tatted earrings

Learn to knot beautiful lace earrings with a convenient plastic shuttle.

 Need instructions on tatting? Check out this guide, also by Marilee Rockley.

SUPPLIES

  • 6 8/0 seed beads 2 6 mm jump rings
  • 2 4 mm jump rings
  • pair of earring findings
  • 5 yd. (4.5 m) crochet cotton, size 10
  • tatting shuttle
  • steel crochet hook, .7 mm (optional)
  • sewing needle
  • 2 pairs of pliers

INSTRUCTIONS

Tatted Lace jewelry 13
PHOTO A
Tatted Lace jewelry 14
PHOTO B
Tatted Lace jewelry 15
PHOTO C

1. String three 8/0 seed beads onto the thread, and then wind about 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread onto the shuttle. Do not cut the thread from the spool. Slide the three 8/0s onto the shuttle, and wind them back a few turns to keep them out of your way until needed (PHOTO A).

2. Begin tatting the earring at the top. Close each ring after it is finished.

  • R 12. RW.
  • Ch 9. RW.
  • R 8-2. RW.
  • Ch 3. RW.

3. You are now about to work the bottom ring. Before you do, slide the three 8/0s from the shuttle onto the working thread around your left hand before starting the ring. Keep the beads at the back of your hand until needed (PHOTO B). 

  • R 2+9 (join to the last picot of the previous ring), bead picot, 9-2. RW.
  • Ch 3. RW.
  • R 2+8 (join to the last picot of the previous ring). RW.
  • Ch 9.

4. To finish the earring, sew the core thread through the base of the first ring (PHOTO C). Tie the core thread and the shuttle thread with a square knot, and hide the ends by sewing under the tops of a few double stitches. Pull the threads tightly, and trim. 

5. Open a 6 mm jump ring, and attach the top tatted ring. Open a 4 mm jump ring, and attach the 6 mm jump ring to an earring finding.

6. Make a second earring.

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