"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Thursday, July 14, 2011


That's Quick Little Tats. I want to have a few things available at the sale for people who don't want to spend a lot of money, just little things that are quick and easy to make.

First up are Heather Johnston's "Chandelier" earrings from her book Tatted Earrings and Things.

This is a nice little design that takes only a few minutes to tat, and you can do all kinds of different things with beads. On the top row, the threads are size 20, "Flame Lantana" and "Coral Reef", both by Tatskool. On the bottom row, the threads are size 40; on the left is "Twilight Zone" by Yarnplayer, and on the right is "Of Berries and Fairies" by Krystledawne.

Next is Jon Yusoff's dragonfly pattern.

In the past when I have done this pattern, I've always done the second version, where you end with the head as a split ring, leaving the ends long for antennae. Why hide ends if you don't have to? But for these, since I needed to join the head to a jump ring to make earrings, the split ring didn't work; so I had to do them the other way, ending with the bottom right wing.

These are all done in size 20. The threads on the top row are "Coral Reef" and Krystledawne's "Sea Glass". On the bottom row are Krystle's "Vineyard at Dusk" and Tatskool's "Berry Burst".

Finally, a large bunch of earrings made from Sherry Pence's Treble Clef pattern.

This pattern is so quick that I can make a pair of earrings in 45 minutes. And if you start CTM and make the final ring as a single shuttle split ring, tatting over the tail of the other thread in the first half of the SSSR-- voila, no ends to hide! I should probably give a few of these the damp iron treatment, though.

The threads here are also all size 20. Top row, left to right: "Berry Burst"; "Raspberry Ripple with Real Vanilla" by Tatskool; "Harvest Moon" and "Wild Flowers", both by LadyShuttleMaker. Bottom row: "Night Wind" by Yarnplayer; "Icicle" by LadyShuttleMaker; "Coral Reef"', "Vineyard at Dusk", and "Hosta Leaves" by LadyShuttleMaker.

There are just a few more pairs of earrings I want to make, and then I'll start concentrating on other things, like bookmarks and Christmas ornaments.

Quick note to jewelry makers: Artbeads is having a nice sale on earring findings right now.


  1. All so sweet! You have way more patience than I! I find these QLT's (great acronym) too fiddly. Wonderful threads!

    Fox : ))

  2. They're all wonderful and colorful and exactly the kinds of items that will fly off the shelves, so to speak! A great way to 'advertise' tatting!

    I almost fell over when I saw all those treble clef earrings! It took me awhile to master Sherry's pattern, especially the 'folded ring'. I made a large clef with size 5 gold thread and put it in a frame, and also made some smaller white ones just to practice, but never thought to make earrings! Great idea, and thanks for the hint about the single-shuttle split ring. Now all I have to do is learn how to do it!

  3. How can I find the Treble Clef pattern?