by Julie McGuffee
Tatting, crochet and hairpin
lace are techniques for knotting thread to make "lace-like" doilies
for the home and embellishments for clothing. Traditional tatting
is a long process, but you'll find it fast and fun with this easy
You will need:
- White Cotton Cord or Yarn
- Large Eye Plastic Needle
- 7 Craft Picks
- 6 Pony Beads
- Fabric Stiffener
- Decorative Glue
- Wax Paper
- 6" Styrofoam Disc
- Trace around the styrofoam
disc onto wax paper, then cut out the circle. Fold the circle
in half. Fold in half again to mark the center then into thirds.
Unfold the wax paper circle then place on top of the styrofoam
disc. Hold in place by placing a craft pick in the center and
at each fold line, approximately 1/2" from the edge. Push the
craft sticks well into the styrofoam so that only 1" is showing
at the top. Break off any tips that appear through the bottom
of the disc.
- Place a pony bead over each
craft stick. Make a slip knot in one end of the yarn then thread
the opposite end onto the needle. Pull needle and yarn through
the slip knot to make a loop then place the loop over the craftsticks.
Pull tightly so that the loop rests on top of the pony beads with
the slip knot between two picks.
- Using the needle and yarn
make "blanket" style stitches around the loop, ending at the original
slip knot. Referring to illustration pull the yarn backwards and
forwards across the circle. Thread the yarn through stitches on
outer ring to keep it in place. Tie the ends together to finish.
- Dip the paintbrush into
fabric stiffener and thoroughly saturate the yarn snowflake avoiding
the craftpicks. Let dry completely then squeeze decorative glue
over the top of the yarn. Let dry then remove from the picks and
Dow Styrofoam® Brand Plastic Foam; Elmer's®
Fabric Stiffener & Fun Dimensions Ice-A-Delic
Fiskars® Creative Works® Paint Brushes
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