If you haven’t planned all your Christmas presents yet, and if you choose to make some by hand, Emilie offers a tutorial (in French) to make her splendid earrings « Ocean of pearls », which are her first creation.
I chose only a few pictures to illustrate this tutorial, so if you would like to see them all, follow this link to Emilie’s post. My steps are numerated the same way to it’s easier for you to find your way.
What you will need:
- two shuttles
- polyester thread in size 30 (Penny, Vega, Tenax, … whatever you prefer)
- two colors of beads in size 15/0, and a tool to thread beads
- 4 pearls of 6mm
- 2 earrings findings
- ring (R), chain (Ch), split ring (SR),
- regular and lock joins (LJ)
- how to put beads (B) on the core thread and a chain picot
Are you ready? Let’s start.
Step 1: Thread beads on the bobin thread in the following order (B is for blue, N for nacre color): 16B, 1N, 23B, 6N, 4B, 1N, 4B, 6N, 8B, 7N, 4B, 3N, 4B, 8N, 4B, 17N.
Step 2: Fill your first shuttle (S1) with some thread and the following beads: 17N, 4B, 8N, 4B, 3N, 4B, 7N, 8B, 3N.
Unwind more thread, cut it and start filling the second shuttle (S2) with it; it will carry the remaining beads: 16B, 1N, 23B, 6N, 4B, 1N, 4B, 3N. The two shuttles will then be wound continuously.
Step 3: Using S1, start a R with the following beads on your hand thread: 3N, 8B, 4N. Tat 7ds (double stitch), make 1 picot with 7 beads, 1ds, insert a 6mm pearl on the thread after the last ds and maintain it there with a paperclip, then tat 8ds, 1 small picot, 8ds.
Now, remove the paperclip, pass a crochet hook where it was, and make a regular join with the shuttle before finishing the ds. Then, make another picot with 7 beads, followed by 7ds.
Close the ring; the last bead ends up at the base of the ring.
Step 4: Start a SR with S1, with the following beads on the thread: 3N, 4B and 2N. Tat 7ds, 1 picot with 7B, 9ds.
Switch shuttles (S2 in hand), and place one of the two free beads against the bead at the base of the previous ring. With S2, tat 7ds, 1 picot with 7 beads, 9ds. Close R, the last free bead ending up at the base of the SR.
Step 5: With S1, make a R with 1N bead on the thread: 16ds, 1 small picot, 16ds. Close R, the bead ends up at the base of the R. Reverse work (RW).
With S2, make a similar R with 1N bead on the thread. This will create a clover.
Step 6: Similarly as on step 4, tat a SR with S1 with 4B and 5N beads on the thread. SR (S1): 9ds, 1 picot with 7 beads, 7ds / (S2) 9ds, 1 picot with 7 beads, 7ds. Close R.
Step 7: Start a new SR with S1 and the following beads on the thread: 3N, 4B, 1N. Tat 7ds, 1 picot with 7 beads, 1ds, insert a 6mm pearl (see step 3 for the procedure), and 8ds.
With S2, place the free bead against the one at the base of the previous R, then tat 7ds, 1 picot with 7 beads, 1ds.
Remove the paperclip, pass the crochet hook where it was, and make a lock join (LJ) using the shuttle thread (and not the R thread).
Finish the ds with the first part of a ds (S2), then finish the SR with 8ds. Close the SR. The central part of the earring is done.
Step 8: On the back of the lace, using S2, make a R: 2ds, 1 small picot, 16ds, 1 small picot, 2ds. Close the R.
Staying on the back of the lace, use S1 to make the outside chains as indicated on the diagram.
The diamond beaded picot are made with 3B beads from S2 and 1N bead from S1.
To join to the picot with 7 beads, make a LJ between the 2 colors of beads and finish the ds with the second part of a ds.
When you reach the first R, make a LJ at its summit. Make a R with 3B beads on the thread and make a diamond beaded picot (with 1N bead from the shuttle) at the top of that R.
Continue the outside chains on the second half of the earring, as indicated on the diagram. Once you have joined to the base of the first outside R, you can tie and cut, then hide the ends. Your first earring is done!
Now make the second one, and enjoy your gorgeous earrings. 🙂