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Saundra Hameed's Guide for Beaded Tatting

Motif #1

Motif #2

Beaded Bracelet

Many thanks to Saundra Hameed for preparing this guide for basic beading and practice patterns for the online tatting class. (And to all those who helped with the previous lessons referenced, too.)

Simple bead placements:

a. on the picots
b. over the joined picots

Saundra's pattern for basic beaded tatting is a ring and chain repeat with 3 DS between picots or joins.

This type of beaded tatting requires the beads to be placed on both the shuttle and the ball/shuttle 2 threads. If the beads are to follow a color pattern as in these rainbow earrings by Sharon Briggs, the beads are loaded in reverse order so the first bead needed is the last bead strung.

The placement of the beads on the picots (both ring and chain) allows three variations. The picot can be drawn tight so the thread barely shows on the outside. Or, the picot can be made long so that the bead dangles.

Multiple beads can be placed on the picot, too. Particularly effective is an uneven number of beads which forms "points" (as in this bracelet prepared by Dianna Stevens) or "florettes."

Beads large in size and unusual in shape can also be depended from a picot. The closing DS draws up to touch the larger bead and snugs it into position as Saundra has done with this lovely flower bead.

The Rhoda Auld method of adding bead to picot is much like placing a bead over a joining picot. Here the ring thread is drawn thru the bead and the shuttle slips through the loop.

Beads on third thread can be carried along the center of split rings. This is Jana Nicol-Holley's diagram excerpted from Book 5 "Tatting with Friends." Here Saundra has used large heart-shaped beads in the center of this line of split rings.

Jaquie Teal's method of placing bead inside a split ring also uses a loop of the ball thread to hold the bead.

BURDA's "Anna" method of multi-bead picots is another variation of this type of placement.

Beads held on the shuttle/foundation/core thread offer many possibilities for variations. Nina Libin's work has made this technique very popular recently. (I believe the butterfly was prepared by "Maus."

Questions? Saundra Hameed

See these previous lessons for more on beaded tatting:
Basic Beads - Examples of Normal Placements

Dianna Steven's Dynasty: Shared, Joined and Beaded Picots Introduction page.

Dianna Stevens's DynastyPattern Page

Wally Sosa's Beaded Fan Using shared, joined and beaded picots

Sue Hanson's Spangled Butterfly and addtional bead info.

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