Bugs, Bees, Butterflies and more!

Free tatting patterns for fleas, dragonflies, ants and other insect life abound here! These will make great cards, ornaments and gifts throughout the year.

Beadle Bug star[offsite link]
Dragonfly by Jane Eborall

Bicolor Block-tatted Bee by Martha Ess star[offsite link]
A great exercise in block tatting in two colors.

Bumblebee star[offsite link]
Here is a simple Bumblebee by Lisa Trumble.

Butt Head Bug star[offsite link]
Here is a fun bug to make which uses beads to form realistic wings. All that survives of Sue Hanson´s bug is this photo, no pattern.

Crawly Bug star[offsite link]
Here is a fun and aptly named Crawly Bug designed by Sue Hanson.

Dragonfly star[offsite link]
Riet Surtel Smeulders recently designed this Dragonfly featuring the Single Shuttle Split Ring. There is a page of instructions attached but you are advised to learn the Split Chain first before attempting this piece. However it´s a groundbreaking development of the technique which allows us to extend the width of tatting still further. Thank you, Riet!

Dragonfly star[offsite link]
Zena Herbert´s dragonfly

Dragonfly by Nancy Tracy star[offsite link]
A new dragonfly has taken wing.

Fly Bugs star[offsite link]
Here is an imaginative bug from Sue Hanson which looks remarkably like a fly!

Frog Eyed Bug star[offsite link]
Sue Hanson has here shared the pattern for her rather fun Frog Eyed Bug.

Honi-Bee star[offsite link]
The Honi-Bee is a little more tricky than some of the other patterns from Brenda Bonilla but it´s still very attractive.

Lady Bug star[offsite link]
Jane Eborall´s Lady Bug

Lady Bug star[offsite link]
Here is Sue Hanson´s delightful Lady Bug.

Ladybug star[offsite link]
This is Abby´s cute Ladybug from the Needle Tatting Two group.

Praying Mantis star[offsite link]
This wonderful Praying Mantis was designed by Martha Ess.

Sticky Bug star[offsite link]
Here Sue Hanson uses an unusual technique to form realistic legs in this insect pattern.

Stinger Bug star[offsite link]
This insect by Sue Hanson makes use of a number of interesting techniques to create a realistic bug.

Wood Bug star[offsite link]
This Wood Bug by Sue Hanson looks remarkably like the woodlice under the plant pots in my front yard!

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