Friday, November 11, 2016

A different approach

I have been practicing split rings so that I can make a Cubs Spinning Wheel with a split ring center as suggested by Eliz. However, they're just not working for me. I'm determined. I think I just need to get together with my friend Carol and practice her technique, which has worked well for me in the past. Then, I need to practice split rings on a regular basis so that I don't lose what I learn!

Since the split rings aren't working for me, I decided to try using two shuttles wound with red and blue, keeping the red thread inside except for where I need red rings. This approach means that I need to use the shoelace trick after almost every ring and chain. Besides slowing me down a bit, the only problem I can see is little blips of red where I've used the shoelace trick, and I I'm willing to live with that for now!

My Ice Drop tree is almost half full!

I'm hoping to have it filled by Thanksgiving so that I can start sharing these little beauties with friends and family. I think this will be much more fun than Black Friday deals!


  1. Yes I like what your are trying with two shuttles and interesting delicate with the tiny bit of color sometimes I make the thread of the color I want covered tighter and then the looser color and cover the unwanted color up. Hopefully that makes sense. And snow drops are fantastic 🌸💟🌸

  2. The two shuttle version looks good. Split rings are useful to know though, so I hope you can get the hang of them. You have scope for lots more ice drops then, that's fun.

  3. Can't wait to see your Ice Drop tree!!! :)

  4. I hope your idea works out, I am sure you will get a mat with the clubs inside it.
    I am looking forward to seeing the ice drops on your tree.

  5. Wow, that's a real puzzle on how to get a different color to show just where you want it. What you're doing now using the shoelace trick is looking good!

  6. I think that's a great compromise, Diane. It is looking very good.

  7. A thought just struck me -- if all blue rings are tatted as mock rings, it might work ? Then entire tatting will be done with red shuttle, and only the red rings will be true rings.
    I like what you are doing :-)


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