View Full Version : How to add a bead ?
22-11-2010, 09:17 PM
How would I add a bead to the center of a needle tatted ring.
I'll be interested in the answer to this, too. You probably
23-11-2010, 11:53 AM
Ok, the way I do it is this. Tat your ring the size you need it with a VERY TINY picot at the center point of the ring. Finish the ring. Now thread your bead on, thread through the picot and down through the bead again. This will put the bead on the core thread, not the picot, so you only want the picot large enough to find it and get your needle through it. Now tie off your bead as you would any other element, locking it in place.
23-11-2010, 06:56 PM
Thank you, Carolivy. Can't wait to try this one.
... Finish the ring. Now thread your bead on, ....
Thread it on... using the core/needle thread. So the needle has to go through the bead to use this method.
And if it doesn't, change to another bead? Your method seems so direct that I'd prefer it to what I was trying to puzzle out.
I suppose you could use a needle threader to pull the core thread through the bead both ways.
23-11-2010, 08:42 PM
You can use a needle threader, a flosser or a bead needle...anything to get the thread through the bead, picot and back through the bead again.
25-11-2010, 04:35 PM
Or you could just sew it in with the ends when you're done. If you need to do a bunch and your ends aren't long enough, just use a new piece of thread. Technically it might be cheating, but it works quite well.
15-05-2011, 08:47 AM
This is wonderful explanation. :)
15-05-2011, 03:05 PM
Yarnplayer posted a video on YouTube on adding a bead to the center of a ring in shuttle tatting. This might work if you worked the first half of the ring, took it off the needle, did the join, then finished and closed the ring. Might be worth trying it anyway. Just saw it today and thought to share.
15-05-2011, 07:18 PM
Very cool Sharon, thank you.
Just spent 20 minutes on that video. Big help to me. Thanks. This is a center bead ring following another element. Needle tatting adaptation as I see it. Before you start the ring, follow the video for placing the bead on the needle thread (core). Needle tat 1/2 the ring. I think you'll have to remove stitches from the needle at this point, but don't lose the core loop that will make your ring -- paper clip if necessary. Join ball thread at the paperclip on the bead, finish the ring stitches on the needle, remove /close ring.
16-05-2011, 10:45 PM
Funny you should ask......I just sent this link to my daughter today.....she is getting ready to make a couple of rosaries and she has only been tatting a short time and this will be her first time to try beads.....