Needle Tatting – #3 Adding Beads (b): method two by RustiKate

Now this form of adding your beads to your
tatting is what I want to show you next. This is the second method. And this is the method that I use most often. And you can see how it is not quite as lacy
or dangly. And that is because it is not on the thread
that runs to your ball, but it is actually on the core thread of your
tatting. It is actually more a part of your actual
stitches. And this will make a lot more sense when you
see it come together. But when you compare this to a previous method, you can kind of see the difference. This method of adding beads to your tatting
is actually my favorite, because it is one you do not really have to
count or plan out too much beforehand. You can kind of freestyle it a bit. And I like that a lot, because I kind of like to make things up as
I go along. So you will see what I am talking about in
just a minute here. As I start my ring I am going to go ahead
and do R 3ds, p, 3ds, At this point I want to add my bead. And in this method, all you have to do is take your bead and slide
it onto your needle and continue to tat on the other side as if
you had just made a picot. 3ds, p, 3ds, cl, Rw And you can see how it is on your needle; it is going to be on the core thread, it is not dangling free like the previous
method. At this point we are ready to slide it off
the back of our needle, like that, to close our ring. Make a knot at the top to secure it. There you go. To add a bead to your chain you are just going
to use the same method, you are going to do 3ds, p, 3ds, And lets say that you want to add a bead at
this point, or your pattern says add bead, you are just going to go ahead and take the
bead of your choice, slide it on your needle, and for this method especially you need to
check before you start and make sure the beads slide all the way down the needle, because all the beads you are using, in this
method, have to pass over the needle. So we are going to go ahead and finish this
chain. Start your double stitch on the other side
as if you had just made a picot 3ds, p, 3ds, Then you are going to pull it through like
that, make a knot and there you go. The other reason I really like this method, is that it is very easy if you are going to
come back and do a second row on top of your tatting. It is very easy to do that, because when you
come back around if you want to join another layer, or say another ring, and you want to join it where that bead is
at. All you have to do, is treat this loop right
here as if it were a picot. And you are just going to join to that loop. Another thing you can do using this method
of beading, is add very large beads. And I like to do this a lot if I am making
jewelry or belts or something functional and I want a clasp. Because the large beads work well for that. So I am going to go ahead and start a ring
and give you a little demonstration. I am going to do 4ds, p, 4ds, b, And then I am ready to join my large bead, so I am just going to go ahead and grab it, slide it onto my needle. Start tatting again on the other side, as
if I had made a big picot. 4ds, p, 4ds And at this point, it is going to look like this, and I am going to close my work. Just slide your thread right through. Put your needle through the loop in the tail. Pull your work tight. Make a knot at the top, right like that. And you can see how this makes a really good
clasp actually, and it is very secure. And usually if I am using it for a clasp, I want to do a double knot on the top, just to make sure it is not going to come


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