Sunday, February 22, 2009

Black Lace Scallop Necklace

I finished working on the doily. It is just so fragile - I'm going to recommend that she avoid handling it too much and frame it as soon as possible. It really is not usable as a doily because of the condition the lace is in. I wish I knew what had caused the problem - whether it is the type of thread, starching method, how it was stored, etc. so I could avoid doing that to any of my own pieces! This particular doily has a lot of sentimental value to the owner so I tried to get it in as good a condition as possible so it can be framed and become a family keepsake. Hopefully she will be pleased with the results.

I was hoping to have finished something in LadyShuttlemaker's Peach Pandorea thread, but unfortunately I did not have any beads to match. I will have to go beads shopping! Instead, I pulled out Pamela's Coral Reef and have ideas for a necklace. However, with trying to catch up after missing a week of work, I didn't actually even get it started.

So instead, I'll show a different necklace I finished recently. This one is tatted with black thread and shiny black delica beads (a whole lot of them). It is a simple scallop pattern which I *think* is in the book "The Tatter's Treasure Chest" - up until now I have not been good about keeping track of where I get my vintage patterns from - but I'm trying to do better. I have so many books - they take up crates and crates. Anyway, here is the finished result. The little flower in the front is a lightweight acrylic bead made by another artist.

The matching earrings are a very simple basic earring I've been making from the very beginning of my business - I call it my "Tat" earring because it contains all of the most basic tatting construction in just 32 little knots - it has one ring, one chain, and one picot. I vary the pattern a lot with colors and beads, and I make a lot of these earrings. Again, the bead hanging down from the base is from the same artist as the flower on the necklace.


Unknown said...

Hi Elizabeth, today my husband asked to see your latest creation :) Yes that how much your work is appreciated. Do you have a tutorial for the beading work you did for your heart necklace? This new one is precious, though I would love it with a semi precious gem or central pearl.

Elizabeth said...

How nice of your husband! :-)

I was able to find the pattern for the beadwork on the heart necklace on the web (I actually bought the magazine it was in originally) - but there is an instructional video and then if you wish to you can buy the .pdf version at the website. The link is:

Have fun! I love beadwork almost as much as I love tatting.

Marilee Rockley said...

Both the necklace and earrings are sooo elegant!
Pretty new look for your blog, too.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Hi Elizabeth - Enjoyed your comments about NOT going skiing - good idea! My husband and I both roller skated during the 'disco skating' era (1980-85) and one of our first dates in 1960 was at a roller rink! We also loved to dance! Were actually in a made-for-TV movie in 1989. How's that for intriguing?
Love your 'new' blog, and as usual, your gorgeous tatting! Just discovered a bead store (tons of beads) in our area, and the gal who owns it never heard of tatting!
I hope to enlighten her!

liasmomma said...

I found your blog on your FB site. Your work is just SO BEAUTIFUL Beth!!! WOW!! I haven't seen any of your more recent creations and you just keep getting better and better. God has certainly given you a gift but I always knew that even back in college before you started tatting. Hope to see you soon.