Needle Tatted Tortoise Earrings
Rosa Tortuga 10/1999
by Brenda Bonilla
Definitions of Abbreviations
|( - )....Picot (1/8" or less)
Lj...Lock Join - Join with the needle thread, there should only be the joining loop on the needle, now slide that loop off the needle all the way down as a chain, do not tie a knot before or after the Lj.
Soff...Slide the double stitches off the needle, like a chain.
- 2.50 yds Cebelia, size 20 (Moss green # 3052)
- # 5-0 Tatting Needle
- 2 - Black Beads size 11
- 19 - Brown Beads size 11
- Crochet hook for joins
- French Hook Ear Wires
String 2 black beads and then 19 brown beads onto the ball thread. Thread needle, leaving a 4" tail and start the first double stitch about 27" from the needle. Do not reverse or tie a knot unless it is stated. You will begin in the center of the tortoise.
R 3, -3, -3, -3, Clr. Tie.
Making picots for the chains; first leave 1/8" space before making the double stitches for the chain, when it is drawn up it will be a picot for joining, this is how the picots ( - ) are made for joining the chain. The picot is formed before any double stitches are on the needle.
Ch -6, Soff , Lj(to first picot of prev ring),-6, Soff, Lj(to next picot of prev ring), -6 Soff, Lj(to next picot of prev.ring), -6, Soff, Lj(to next picot).
Ch -8, Soff, Lj (to next picot), -8, Soff, Lj (to next picot), -8, Soff, Lj (to next picot),
Lj (to next picot).
Ch -7, (pull up 4 beads), 4, Soff, Lj(to next picot), 4, (pull up 4 beads), 6, Soff, Lj(to next picot), 1, (pull up 3 beads), 1, Soff, Lj(in the same picot), 6, (pull up 4 beads), 4, Soff, Lj(to next picot), 4, (pull up 4 beads), 7, Soff, Lj(to last picot). Tie do not reverse.
R 6, (pull up 1 bead), 2, -2, (pull up 1 bead), 6 Clr. Tie, hide threads, cut.