Lace of Beads #19
For Needle & Shuttle Tatters, Part 2, ©2015
The work of Nina Libin is internationally known. She is a Master Tatter and teaches for many local, regional and international tatting guilds. Her beaded tatting continues to expand our horizons and challenges tatters to look beyond the traditional single bead in a decorative picot.
Beanile beaded lace is densely beaded but maintains the delicate airy look of tatted lace. The definitions used in the directions incorporate traditional tatting terms along with abbreviations developed specifically to explain the Beanile Lace techniques. They need to be studied carefully before beginning a Beanile pattern. Although some parts of the pattern directions appear algebraic in nature a quick read of the definitions makes it all easy to follow.
Just keep in mind the meaning of the "UP" and the "DOWN" beads: Up beads are held on the ball thread or SH2 while Down beads are held on the core thread from the shuttle (SH1.)
Nina Libin has spent years in a study of tatting and beading and the merging of these two traditional crafts. This merger brings to life delicate tendrils of filigree lace glistening with beads and gem stones and even metallic threads. And such three-dimensional beaded tatting encourages the creation of stunning jewelry.
This series of beanile tatting books is remarkable in its variety and depth. Be sure to look for her earlier works also.
Note: This book was a gift to me. It would make a great addition to your tatting library. G. Seitz
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