Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Interesting Components

Good morning, dear readers!  I hope you are enjoying all the FREE patterns I've recently posted.  I am working on another, but the stitch counts are not quite working out to my satisfaction.  Once I get it, I'll post another "goody" for you.
On a recent trip to Michael's, I found some wonderful filigree jewelry components.  Some tatters refer to components as "doodads".  There are many wonderful filigree options out there that lend themselves wonderfully to tatting enhancement.  Here are a few of my finds:
These are adjustable filigree finger or toe rings.  The package contained 6, (2 each in copper, silver & brass finishes) for only $2.99.
Again, for only $2.99, I found this chain of filigree links.  They can easily be taken apart and you can also reuse the jumpring connectors.
These are my favorites- dimensional flower shaped "bead caps" that would be so pretty with layered tatting accents and cultured pearl centers.  These were $3.99.
If you would like to try tatting on filigree components, visit your local craft store, or go to
Fire Mountain Gems and check out their selection.  Also, antique stores are a great source for vintage jewelry that can be accented with tatting.  Be brave and explore different options.  You never know what fantastic treasure you'll create!
I am off to the Atelier.  There are so many projects waiting for my attention, I scarcely know where to begin.  Have a great day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!


  1. Thanks Rachel for all the recent gorgeous patterns...Have a nice day!

  2. I love your new doodads we have trouble in the UK buying them, I love the flower ones, I will have to keep my eyes open for them at antique shops, our craft shops don't seem to have them

  3. Sure haven't seen these in our Michaels! I'm sure they must be new! Those flowers are cool! I know you'll come up with some wonderful ideas!

    I just tatted the 'star' part of Pumpkin Pie ( in pink, to go on my Victorian Christmas tree), and it is so pretty, even without beads! Thanks again for the pattern!

  4. OK -- you've inspired me -- I'm going to have to try embellishing a doodad with some tatting and creating a piece of jewelry. I was in Michael's yesterday & picked up a couple of inexpensive possibilities -- including the filigree links in circles & rectangles. Thank you for sharing your inspiration & for inspiring me.