I'm happy with the solution I've found to tat with the pearls in a circle in the middle - that's a winner and something I will no doubt use again in future designs. I tried the earrings with a trefoil at the bottom and without. I decided I like both versions.
This morning I received more of the little pearls I'm using in this design so tatted yet another earring in colours for a friend (she loves olive green) and I think the new bronze pearls I got look nice and blend in better with the green. I decided to make two rows around the pearls in this one and I like that too. Now I'm trying different ways of treating the trefoil to give it more stability.
The cream pair I've been wearing yesterday and today.
I'm making progress on this and enjoying the process.
And the last question, which you may help answering, is whether to stiffen or not stiffen earrings. What do you think? Those of you who make tatted jewellery, do you prefer tatting in its natural state or do you like to help it a bit to keep its shape when worn by stiffening it?
Just adding beads in the centre of this design already does give the lace more weight and stability which helps keep the earrings into shape when worn. But I still always wonder about stiffening.
Look forward to your answers!