Georgia Seitz - Ribbonwinners
Tatting Patterns & Shuttles
1227 County Road 1760 E
Greenup, Illinois 62428 USA
Tootie Fruity by Ruth Perry ©2007
I spent the weekend with Georgia Seitz, Mark and Kim Myers, and the lovely ladies from the Evansville, IN tatting group at the Lincoln Log Cabin Festival in Greenup IL. It was a fun time although unseasonably hot! 92 degrees and humid makes people follow the shade, and wilts the thread. While visiting with Georgia Saturday evening I worked on this cute little Halloween bat! I had started on her on Thursday while K & Sheila Boniface and I sat at my dining room table talking tatting and looking at books.
The bat has a 6mm magnetic hematite bead in the center to enable her to stick to your fridge. Tat her with any color thread. Brown, orange, or black threads look more like a Hallowween bat to me. The orange (fruit colored) bat is tatted with Omega size 30 thread and a 6mm magnetic hematite bead from Hobby Lobby. I bought some 4mm ones at Joann today. They have 3 different sizes of these beads. I bought the thread from ZigZag corner in Greenfield, IN.
The number of stitches will need to be adjusted for different thread or different size bead. To find out how many stitches you need to put a bead in the center of a ring tat a series of rings with the thread you wish to use beginning with about 10 ds. Tat rings with 12, 14, 16, etc stitches and if your bead is too small for one, but too big for the next smaller use the odd number of ds between the two.
I tat the bat using a beaded double core reverse ring BDCRR. Any method to put a bead inside a ring would work just fine, including sewing it in later, or just good ole glue. To tat it my way, put the bead on your thread, and then wind a couple yards of thread onto your shuttle with the bead between the shuttle and ball. Wrap the thread around your hand for a ring two times. The bead should be positioned on the first wrap at the back of your hand out of the way.
Chain (8) turn
Ring (2 - 2) turn
Reverse stitch chain (21) This is like doing block tatting.
It may be done with a second shuttle if you wish.
Join to the thread space at the beginning of this wing.
Chain 4 Reverse Stitches, and then join to the next picot.
There are more BDCRR patterns in my newest book, Tatted Butterfly Garden, to be released soon. See the cover photograph on my blog http://rozellalinden.blogspot.com/ .
This pattern is also posted at Ruth Perry's blog and calendar: http://tat-calendar.blogspot.com/2007/10/southern-illinois-fruit-bat-tootie.html