Ninetta shared this pattern in December and I've just seen it on her blog. I immediately had to take a break from the previous piece to tat this straight away.
I made a bit of a mess with the bugle beads on this, my first attempt; I didn't take them consistently from the same shuttle and therefore sometimes the thread is on one side of the bugle bead and sometimes on the other and I made a couple of mistakes in the centre part. But I really like the idea of block tatting with bugle beads and the diamond shapes too.
I've not blocked it and so it's not quite symmetrical and I should have taken more time to smooth the curves of the chains before scanning it to do it more justice. I also found that I had slightly too much tension on the last round and I think I might need a couple more stitches to give the diamonds a bit more room. But that may be because my bugle beads were a tad longer than Ninetta's. I'll try it again with different beads.
I also took a photo to try to show the nice colour mix in the bugle beads (copper, purple, blue, green)... like a pool of petrol on the street. Not sure if it's more obvious on the photo below?
Pretty cool design - Thank you Ninetta!
Ninetta is always coming up with new and clever ideas with her designs. Can't wait to see what she'll tat up next!