I strung a mix of beads (you can mostly see the red ones) and sprinkled them randomly as I tatted, slipping one up between stitches at various intervals.
I think the pattern designer meant for the threads to just be carried to go from one round to the other… but that wouldn't do - would it? So I finally figured out that this can indeed all be tatted in one pass, if using split rings (which are in the pattern) and split chains (which are not). And now that I find split chains easy (with Marie's method), this little tree is no trouble and tatted all in one go, just as I like it!
Now, I must get tatting snowflakes! It's soon time to start writing Christmas cards and I like to put a snowflake in mine…