Summer Earrings Sue McLeod

Summer Earrings Sue McLeod

Summer Earrings

From the files of the Online Tatting Class comes a big and glitzy pair of earrings just right for summer beach parties.

earrings sample by Sue McLeod

The Online Tatting Class was studying the 1912 Tatting Book from Emmanuel Bocher (in French.) It has several patterns featuring the floating ring (aka thrown off ring.) Sue McLeod was taken with the technique.

She wrote: "When I saw these patterns, 2 of them spoke to me as earrings. I've done one, still have to do the other. I used Balger cord in silver and Delica beads. It took about a yard on the shuttle (and 4 beads), I used the spool of thread as the 2nd shuttle (with 2 beads). Feel free to share with the others."

The pattern is a little complicated so go slow on the first one and the second will be a snap.

earrings detail

These are the original tatted motifs in the Bocher book which were the inspiration for the earrings.

earrings original photo

This is the diagram with double stitch (DS) count included. Depending on the size of thread you choose you may need to adjust the ds count.

Begin with one center ring (in green.)

R 3 large picot (into which the other 5 rings will join) 3 close ring (clr) rw.
CH 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 rw

R 3 + (join to large picot) 3 clr rw

CH 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 clr rw

R 3 + (join to large picot) 3 clr rw

CH 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 clr rw

R 3 + (join to large picot) 3 clr rw

CH 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 clr rw

R 3 + (join to large picot) 3 clr rw

CH 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 clr rw

R 3 + (join to large picot) 3 clr rw

CH 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 rw

Secure ends to bottom of initial ring.

End pieces

R 3 - 3 + (join to center ring) 3 - 3 clr rw

CH 3 - 3 do not reverse rw (dnrw)

Floating ring using shuttle 2

R 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 clr dnrw

CH 3 - 3 rw

R 3 + (join to adjacent ring) 3 + (join to center ring) 3 - 3 clr and secure ends.
Repeat for the opposite end.

For added bling, add beads to both threads and on every join. Use a small metal filigree piece instead of the one large picot in the center and join the other center picots to it.

And it is possible to tat this piece without cutting the thread. But it takes a lot of extra work. Complete the center rings and chains up to the last picot. Instead, make a split chain to join to the end of the initial ring and work back the 2 ds needed. Then climb out and do the end motif. A similar process at the other end.

Or, tat the two ends pieces separately and use fancy beads to join them to the centerpiece.

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