Good morning, dear readers! It has been a while since I posted a FREE pattern. So... here is the Rosalie pendant from my Romance of the Piney Woods collection:
Rosalie is tatted with Valdani Luxury Pearl Silks in S204 & S78. She is accented with six 4mm light rose Swarovski bicones, numerous matte burgundy Czech seed beads and a 6.5mm freshwater pearl.
This is a very easy pendant to tat. It begins with a foundation of 6 interlocking chain rings:
Beginning with a size 8 tatting needle, Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk S204, 6 Swarovskis and 12 seed beads (which are strung in the following order: seed bead, Swarovski, seed bead) tat 6 interlocking chain rings all with the same count of:
11 very small - 3 - (with seed bead, Swarovski, seed bead) 3 very small - 11 CL
When you have tatted all 6 ICRs they should resemble the image above. Tie a knot and leave a moderate length of both threads as you will be using these thread ends to anchor the pearl later.
For step two, still using Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk in S204, string 18 seed beads onto silk. Tat as follows:
Run needle through very small picot to the RIGHT of bead cluster of ICR round.
CH 3 - (with 3 seed beads) 3 CL + to next very small picot and CH 5 very small - 3 small - medium - small - 3 very small - 5 CL + to next very small picot.
Continue around motif, tie & cut.
SPECIAL NOTE: before cutting the silk, you need to put a small dot of jeweler's glue or clear finger nail polish on the knot to prevent the silk from unraveling. Allow to dry, then snip.
After I cut the thread, I took the time to block & shape the motif. This is a step that really helps keep your work neat and tidy.
Using Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk in S78, string 18 seed beads onto silk. Tat the following to complete the pendant:
Run needle through very small picot to the RIGHT of the previously tatted picot set, pick up one seed bead with needle then
CH 5 - with 3 seed beads 5 CL (this will snug the seed bead to the base of the CH. You may need to use your fingers to position it to your liking) + to next very small picot
pick up one seed bead with needle CH 25 CL
Continue around motif, tie & cut (remembering to secure knot with glue BEFORE cutting).
Now- to secure the center: using needle, thread one end and pull it to back of center ICR founation. Unthread needle, then rethread it with the other thread end. String on pearl and one seed bead. Run needle back through pearl and center of ICR foundation. Snug up pearl and seed bead to center of ICR foundation. Flip pendant over, tie ends, secure with dab of glue, cut. Add jump ring or pendant bail & voila~ Rosalie!
Well, dear readers, I have another goody for you. A new giveaway event will be announced tomorrow and it will feature Rosalie- sort of. I am going to expand her a bit and put my special Piney Woods touch on her. So how do you like this idea? I'm still contemplating the particulars- be sure to check out tomorrow's post for all the details!
Until then, enjoy the pattern &