Saturday, November 26, 2016

Step by step

Well, I finally tatted an Ice Drop that is exactly the way I want it. To top it off, I remembered to write down what I did and I took pictures each step of the way!

First, I highly recommend that you purchase Edda Guastalla's 15 page tutorial on creating bezel settings with tatting. It's only $5.44, and I find it to be very easy to understand. It's loaded with pictures and it really helped me make sense of the whole process. I also recommend this YouTube video on needle tatting with a cabochon. I don't needle tat, but watching the process gave me the ideas I needed to create my Ice Drop.

Are you ready?


I used size 20 Lizbeth thread and a Moonlit shuttle from Handy Hands. I read somewhere that 5 wraps around the post allows enough thread for one ring, so I wrapped the thread around 62 times (two extra wraps for good measure). This is a shuttle and ball pattern.


The rings for the back side are all 4-4-4-4. I usually use a picot gauge, because my picots are all over the place without one. My joining picots were all made with the first mark on my Handy Hands picot gauge.


On the first ring only, the second picot is very large. As you can see, I used the 1/2" mark.


After the first ring, reverse the work and chain 6-6.


I used the 1/4" mark for the picots on the chains.


Reverse work and tat a ring 4+4+4-4, joining to the last picot of the previous ring and the large picot.


Reverse work and continue the ring and chain pattern, joining the last ring to the first picot of the first ring. I used a lock join to connect the last chain to the base of the first ring. Do NOT cut.


Reverse work and tat a 6-6-6 ring.

Tip: I've discovered that if I just fold the ring toward the center (away from me) and move the ball thread to the front, tat the chain, and then lift the ring to join the next ring, I don't get confused by reversing after rings and chains. I hope that makes sense!


Reverse work and chain 8. I used a lock join to join the chain to the base of the next ring on the previous round.


Continue making rings (6+6-6) and chains (8, lock join to base of next ring on previous round).


Before joining the sixth ring to the first ring, slide the glass gem into place.

Note: I've been asked about the size of the glass gems and where to purchase them. 

The glass gems I've used are about 3/4". Some are slightly larger, some slightly smaller. The stitch count and/or the number of rings and chains can easily be changed to accommodate any size gem or coin.

If your bezel setting is too loose, soak the finished piece in hot water for about 15 minutes and then let it dry. My thanks goes out to Marie of West Pine Creations for this tip!

I have purchased the glass gems at Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree in the floral section. I have seen them at JoAnn Fabrics and Amazon. I've also been told that they can be found in pet stores near the aquarium supplies.


Join the last ring to the first ring.


Tat the last 6 ds and close the ring.


Reverse work, chain 8, lock join to base of next ring on the previous round. Cut, tie, and hide ends.


Add a ribbon for a hanger.


And there you have it! This pretty little Ice Drop is ready for the tree, and it looks nice from both sides.

Update for Lucky Pennies: 


I think I've found a stitch count I like. Follow the directions for the Ice Drop, but make some minor changes in the stitch count... On the back rings are 6-6, chains are 6-6. On the front, rings are 5-4-5, chains are 7. I've found that I greatly prefer 1/8" ribbon to 1/4" ribbon. There's nothing quite like shiny new pennies!

53 comments:

  1. Thank you, Lace Lovin' Librarian! I have often admired your work online. This is a wonderful tutorial and would make a lovely Christmas ornament. :)

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    1. Thank you, Mary! I hope to see some Ice Drops tatted by you!

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  2. Oh my! Thank you. Do you know who you remind me of? And it's of the highest compliant...Gina B. 'Tatting Goddess'.

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    1. Oh, my! That is quite a compliment! Gina was one of the tatters instrumental in my love of tatting. She was encouraging, helpful, and one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Just thinking of her brings a smile to my face!

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  3. Thanks for doing this tutorial. I have a complete block om how to do this....going to try tonight!

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    1. I hope it helps! I'd love to see a picture one one that you've tatted!

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  4. Aha! I could do that, hope! Now, where to get the "drops"?

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    1. I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but a friend of mine said she found them at a dollar store. They're the glass gems sold for flower vases.

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  5. Thank you so much Diane! I kept looking at it and trying to figure out how is was done. I appreciate your step by step!!!

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    1. You're welcome, Diane! I hope my directions are clear.

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  6. My head is still not all here, and will need to return to read instructions. But your pictures are amazing and clear & I think I understand it.
    Love your variation, and now it is like an Ice Flower :-)
    Thanks for sharing

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  7. Oh well done! And thanks very much for sharing. So clearly too. I wonder if I could try it with one of my sister-in-law's glass beads perhaps.

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    1. Your sister-in-law's glass beads would be fabulous!

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  8. So delighted to see this! Great tutorial, excellent photos, clear instructions! I have some gems ready to go!

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  9. Another fabulous Ice Drop!!! :)
    Thanks for showing us how you do that!! :)

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  10. Great idea to deck up the tree, Diane! Beautiful result and so appropriate for the occasion. Thanks for sharing! ��

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    1. Thank you, Val! I"m having great fun with them! I hope you do, too!

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  11. Grazie mille,bellissimo tutorial!!
    Good tutorial.Thanks!!

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  12. I just made my first one. . .can't wait to make more. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!!

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    1. You are very welcome! I would love to see pictures of your Ice Drops!

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  13. These are so pretty and look easy with your tutorial. Thank you for that! I haven't seen the glass gems at the Dollar Tree. You said they are on Amazon, can you tell me the link. I don't know what to look up on Amazon?

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    1. I think they're very pricey on Amazon. Do you have a Michaels near you? That's where I've found the best selection. I've also found them for a decent price at Hobby Lobby, a little more expensive at JoAnne Fabrics. I just did a search for glass gems on Amazon. I use the 3/4" size. Here's the link to my search results: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=glass+gems

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    2. I have a Michael's fairly close. I'll try there. Thank you for the information and link. Happy holidays to you!

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    3. Carol, Michael's has a great selection! I restrained myself and only chose six bags! ;-)

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  14. Diane, it occurred to me that this little project would make a great class for our Shuttlebirds guild meeting. Would we have your permission to print out your pattern to be passed out. We have approximately 15-20 regulars at the meetings.

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    1. Yes! I hope you have fun with the pattern! If you'd like the pattern as a PDF, email me. I have it saved on my computer, or maybe you have the ability to do that as well.

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    2. Thank you so much. I can convert it. I just posted a picture of one I just made using bicone Swarovski crystals on each chain. Really makes them sparkle. I think the guild will have fun learning to do these!!

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    3. I love the Swarovski crystals!. I've kept a few of those for myself. I hope you all have lots of fun with the pattern!

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  15. Thanks Diane. I ordered and already received the pattern. I have a problem saving from here. Live and learn!

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  16. Love the tutorial! Thanks for sharing it. Will have to see if I can tat a few for our Xmas tree :).

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    1. I hope you have fun with it. It takes me about an hour to make one, but one of my tatting friends can make one in 30 minutes!

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  17. Love your trutorial, It makes perfect sense and is well written, I will be giving this a go.
    Thank you

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  18. Thanks, Diane, for an attractive item. Just a suggestion to save the RW for chains on the second side: make them using reverse stitch (unflipped stitches) and you can eliminate the continual RWs.

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  19. Thank you for sharing your pattern, it's ironed out a few issues I was having using the pictures to create a working pattern, the youtube video is very usedful too. Love your work !!

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  20. Thank you so much for your detailed tutorial. I can't wait to get started on making some of these, they are so beautiful! Thanks again~be blessed.

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  21. Thank you so much for your detailed tutorial. I can't wait to get started on making some of these, they are so beautiful! Thanks again~be blessed.

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