Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Playing Around

Shabby Vintage
Good evening, dear readers!
I have spent the day playing with various thread and bead combinations.  It is very helpful to the design process to test tat thread & bead combos.  Some beads are heavier than others and can cause your tatting to twist or pull.  Plus, I love to play with different color palettes.
Neutrals have always fascinated me with their understated elegance.  Pictured above is Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk in S514, "Wheat Husk".  I am test tatting a motif with silky brown satin Delica seed beads and cream pearl Ornella seed beads.  So far, so good.  I'm rather pleased with how the colors of the beads compliment the hand dyed Valdani silk.  I'll take some images of the motif when it is complete to share with you.
What color and bead combos do you like to use, dear readers?  I am always looking for new ideas to use in my work.  If you have a recommendation, please post it in the comments section.
The chicken enchiladas are done.  Time to take them out of the oven and eat supper.  Have a wonderful evening and until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!


  1. I love the colours above!!!!! Earth colours are my favorite!!! Do you ever worry about using variegated thread and beads? I worry that you will not see the beautiful colour changes is the thread because of the beads.

  2. The color combination above is very lovely. My 2 favorite Valdani silks are Subtle E
    Elegance and Wheat Husk. At the moment I am working on a pendant using both silks with cream pearl seed beads, and Swarovski golden shadow rondelles and rounds. They really pick up the gold tones in the Wheat Husk. I also love the way coral beads or bicones look with any peach thread. :)

  3. Love you colour combinations,
    I use a lot of variegated threads at the moment I seen to be using white with blue or red shades of beads, I have some earrings to post sometime in the next week with those combinations. I love pearls and brought some beautiful dark red ones the other day, not sure what I will do with them yet.