Friday, February 11, 2011

Tatted Earrings and Dragonscale

I'll try and make this a short post. I did a little tatting this past week. I made a little bit of progress on my tie. On the Etsy front, I've had several sales since my last post. Which is good as I've been holding off ordering more rings until some sales have come. And, I've been included in two Etsy Treasuries, which is pretty cool too. I've never been in a Treasury before. The first one (which actually happened more than a week ago) can be seen here, and the other (which is from today) can be seen here. I don't know how long the Treasuries last, so if you'd like to take a look, sooner is probably better than later. Anyway here is the tatting.

I wanted to tat something fairly quick so I took a look at Yarnplayer's newest book Up and Tat 'Em to see what I can find. Here is what I chose:

These are the earrings from the "Beguile Set". These were made using Lizbeth size 20 thread in colour #611 Gold. Yeah. It's the same thread from the previous motif. It wasn't just because I hadn't put it away. It matched the antiqued brass rings I used for the centre. There are also size 11 gold coloured beads. It's a nice pattern, and quick to tat. I did find I had to add an extra ring and chain to go completely around. I didn't know why, since the rings I used were only 1 mm bigger than what was called for, until I noticed that Yarnplayer made her chains a little bit longer in the photo than what was written in the pattern. It's not a big deal and I'll have to remember this when I make them again.

Finally I will finish this post by showing a recently learned chainmaille weave. It's called Dragonscale:

I wonder why. The photo above shows the weave stretched out. Here it is when scrunched up:

You can see where the weave gets its name. It bears a striking resemblance to rows of scales. I assume the dragon part comes from chainmaille's medieval history. It's a cool weave and looks awesome in two colours. You can't tell that here since I should have used two colours that contrasted better. I used bright aluminum and white anodized aluminum. The white rings are new from my supplier. I don't know if I'll actually make anything using this weave. It is pretty dense and has a high rings per inch count. The sample above is about two inches (5 cm) long when fully stretched.

That's about it for now. I'm not sure what I will work on this week. Hopefully I will make some significant progress on my tie. I also got my Palmetto's 2010 Tat Day CD this week, so I've got lots more patterns to drool over. Till next time.


  1. Nice earrings, Jeff, and I do like the dragonscale. It looks as though it might have a lot of movement in a piece.

  2. The earrings are great and so is the dragonscale! I can see this little segment becoming a pendant.

  3. That dragonscale technique is amazing. Makes my fingers twitch to touch it!

    Nice earrings - very pretty colour...
    Fox : )

  4. Thanks ladies. Yes Susan, the dragonscale is quite flexible.

    A pendant? Brilliant idea Gina. I hadn't thought of that. Though I'll remake it with different rings. This one is mine.

    The dragonscale is very touchable Fox. It does feel very scaly.

  5. Lovely earrings Jeff, and amazing chainmail.


  6. Gorgeous earrings and I totally agree about the pendant! I have a necklace wire that's fairly thick and hugs my neck and I just switch up my pendants. A tatted one would make a lovely addition!

    Also I LOVE the dragonscale. I would slide a portion of that onto my necklace wire any day. :P