I have used overlapping rings (such as in my butterfly) but I was curious as to how the centre with all those extra beads was done…
In fact it turns out that the extra centre beads, the hanging loop and the dangling pearl are all added afterwards with beading needle and thread. No matter. I do like these earrings very much.
The pattern is all diagrams and photos, no written explanations apart from a list of supplies. I did not have any C-Lon micro cord as recommended and I do not know how the size would compare but I used Lizbeth 20. What I found on my first attempt is that the earrings were going to turn out way too big for my taste.
Earring with original stitch count on the right
I also do not like working with large rings as I think they do not behave well when closing them and tend to twist and look uneven in their curve (fussy me! Or else I'm just not good enough to make it work!). Anyway, I started again and reduced the stitch count by a whole 14 stitches on the large rings and by 10 stitches on the small ones. They are still "large" earrings but I'm happy with them at that size. The advantage of tatted earrings is that even if they are large, they remain lightweight and easy to wear. The beads and pearls add just enough weight to make them hang nicely (and have nice movement which I also like) and the overlapping rings give the tatting enough body for the earrings to keep their shape when worn.
When I completed the first one, I realised that the diagram did not match the photos: on the diagram, the dangle and hanging loop are attached between the rings whereas on the photos of the finished earrings, they are attached at the tip of rings.
Earring completed as per the diagram
I undid this one (just the dangle and hanging loop) and re-attached at the tip of the rings but actually, both versions are nice.
This pattern is definitely a keeper,
and one I will make again I'm sure.
And to finish, I have to share with you a birthday present I recently received from a good friend of mine… ah she knows me well! Look at this beautiful rolling pin! Isn't it just gorgeous?
The only problem is…
Here's the second batch of biscuits I've tried to make using the pin and I lose the beautiful decorations upon baking. Can anyone recommend a recipe that would work well for keeping the imprints when cooked? It would be most appreciated.