Since I'm going to be busy tatting brooches this weekend, I thought I'd share a basic button brooch foundation with you. The example imaged below was made with a 1" diameter 2-hole mother-of-pearl shell button, Valdani size 8 pearl cotton in color H 204 "Nostalgic Rose" and a size 7 tatting needle.
It is a very simple pattern of 10 Rs & CHs. The counts are:
R 11 + (through button hole) 11 CL RW
CH 7 followed by 5 graduated picots ( sm, med, lg, med, sm) 7 CL RW
Use these counts for the entire motif, working 5 Rs in each button hole. After working last CH, + to base of first R, tie & cut, hide ends.
Please note: I use a very small crochet hook to pull the thread through the button holes.
This is just one of the basic foundations I use for my button brooches. Interwoven chains and a variety of other additional tatted embellishemnts can be added to the foundation along with beads, cabochons, pearls, smaller buttons, Swarovskis...the possibilities are limited only by your own imagination. Check back next week to see what I come up with this weekend!
May you have a fantastic tatting weekend! I certainly plan to!