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Judith Connors

3d effects in tatting

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Effect #6:
This dainty bell was tatted 3D from top to bottom in one pass, using one shuttle and Dora Young's knotless method rings and chains (aka 'split chain'). The red beads were pre-strung beside the ball. A little stiffener was added to keep the bell and clapper in shape. It is ideal for weddings or Christmas. The pattern was published in my book, 'Beads in Tatting' (Kangaroo Press/Lacis, 1997).

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Updated 09-10-2013 at 10:29 PM by Judith Connors

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  1. GraceT's Avatar
    It's really sweet!
  2. Kersti's Avatar
    What kind of stiffener did you use?
  3. Judith Connors's Avatar
    Thank you, Grace.

    Kersti - a 50-50 mix of PVA (wood working glue which is white) and water. Lightly mist with water the article before applying the stiffener, as this allows greater absorbency. Then blot off any excess mixture so the holes are clear and the beads remain shiny. Note: This stiffener is permanent, so the article can be rinsed in water to keep it clean. I set the bell to dry perched on the rim of a sherry glass.
  4. GraceT's Avatar
    I was thinking of trying PVA glue for stiffener, for my next pair of earrings. Thanks for the tips!
  5. Anahoj's Avatar
    PVA is great. But be careful. It is not completely waterproof. You can rinse it without any problems but if it stays in a very vet place it softens. For example outside the house.
  6. GraceT's Avatar
    That's good to know! It's hot and humid here; I am afraid I often sweat on my earrings...
  7. Judith Connors's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Anahoj
    PVA is not completely waterproof. You can rinse it without any problems but if it stays in a very wet place it softens.
    I've never had a problem with it. Articles I have stiffened years ago are still as good as new. This bell was made in 2007.
    Perhaps it was the mix, or the removal of the excess liquid before drying. I pat my articles with a damp tissue so that the excess is completely gone.
  8. Susan Hook's Avatar
    Wow! this is fantastic.
  9. Judith Connors's Avatar
    Thank you, Susan. You too can make it if you know the DY knotless method (second half of split chains). Instead of bridging the chain to another point in the work, the thread from the shuttle curves around makes a join in front of the first ds of the original chain. This produces a mock ring shape which is finished off with the knotless method lark's heads. Just a different view on split chains!
  10. ganelaine's Avatar
    Can I know where to get the pattern for the bell?
  11. Judith Connors's Avatar
    It is in my first book, 'Beads in Tatting', which is now OOP. I still have notes about it from my IOLI class on Dora Young in LA (2009), which will be useful. I'll send you a PM.
  12. sarahwood8's Avatar
    Judith,
    I would also be interested in any info you could share on this bell pattern. I've searched for your book, but can't find any copies for sale right now...
  13. ganelaine's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Judith Connors
    It is in my first book, 'Beads in Tatting', which is now OOP. I still have notes about it from my IOLI class on Dora Young in LA (2009), which will be useful. I'll send you a PM.
    Thank you. I sent you a message before I read this. Still learning how to navigate this website. Looking forward to the pattern.
  14. sarahwood8's Avatar
    I just finished my bell! Thank you SO MUCH, Judith!
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  15. Judith Connors's Avatar
    You're welcome, Sarah. You have done a great job with it.
  16. Cheryl81's Avatar
    I take it that your first book is no longer available, is there somewhere else where the pattern is. I collect bells of all kinds and would love to make and add this. It is really pretty. You and Sarah did a great job, I just love them.
  17. Judith Connors's Avatar
    Yes, it is, Cheryl81. I've sent you a PM about the pattern.