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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

m'ama non m'ama - beaded daisy chain

Daisies symbolize new beginnings! Enjoy the Summer! 🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼
"M'ama non m'ama" in Italian means "he loves me, he loves me not" and it's the famous Valentine's Day game (read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_loves_me..._he_loves_me_not).
Who didn't pluck petals while saying that?

For my "m'ama non m'ama bracelets, I've used Sanbest metallic threads, seed beads are rocailles and miyuki delica 15/0. For the centre of the daisies, I've used Gutermann rocailles 9/0, Swarovski bicone beads and pearls 4mm.

The pattern works well with any thread of your choice.For this tutorial, I’ve used DMC Cebelia n.10. 

LEGEND
ds : double tatting stitch
SR : Split Ring

Wound 2 shuttles CTM, loading many seed beads in both shuttles (for petals).

Start the very first ring with 12 ds, with or without beads.

If you start the very first ring with 1 bead in the loop around the hand, then close the ring and the bead will be trapped at the base, between the first ds and the last ds. (see next collage, pic A)

If you start the very first ring without beads, you need to tat the second, that is a split ring, with one bead in the loop around the hand, so then when you close the split ring the bead will be trapped at the base, between the first ds and the last ds. But that will be clearer at the end of this post.

All subsequent tatted elements are split rings.
Bracelets have two elements: "the beaded diamond" and "the beaded daisy", tatted alternatively, in the sequence you like.

The beaded diamond:
SR:
- Move one bead from the first shuttle near the previous ring (pic B)
- Start the split ring with the first shuttle, with 2 beads in the loop (pic B)
- Tat 6ds. (In some bracelets I tatted SR with 8ds/8ds, but everything is still valid).
- Move one bead from the second shuttle near the previous ring (pic C).
- Move one bead in the loop near the very first ds (pic C).
- With the second shuttle, tat 6ds on the second half of the split ring (pic D)
Now, if you close the ring, the last bead in the loop will be trapped at the base (pic E)
(I designed a similar pattern in 2013 and shared a video in a tatting group in Facebook. Since then, sadly that group has been deleted.)

The beaded daisy (two SRs are required to see one daisy emerging):
FIRST SR: (see below, pic 1)
1. Start the split ring with the first shuttle, with 2 beads in the loop.
2. Tat 8ds. (In some bracelets I tatted SR with 6ds/6ds, but everything is still valid).
3. Move one bead in the loop near the very first ds.
4. With the second shuttle, tat 8ds on the second half of the split ring.

Here it is where the beaded daisy start:
5. Pick one loose bead in contrasting colour, for the centre of the daisy, and pass the crochet hook through the bead, then take the loop's thread back through the bead the opposite direction till it is big enough to pass your shuttle through it (see below, picture 2).
6. Move enough beads (3 in my example) from the first shuttle near the last tatted ds (pic 3). (**)
7. Pass the first shuttle through the loop just formed in step 5. (pic 3)
8. Slide the centre bead onto the loop, toward the first shuttle's thread, and push it till the loop around the hand is completely free again (pic 4)
9. Now, close the SR and the last bead in the loop will be trapped at the base. (pic 5)
10. Pull the first shuttle to "close" the first half side of the daisy (pic 6).
(Note that the thread loop inside the SR is blocked between the orange bead and the first side of the SR.)
SECOND SR: 
11. Start the split ring with the first shuttle, with 2 beads in the loop (pic 7)
12. Before starting the very first ds, join the thread: that is pull a loop of the thread around the hand through the very small space between the seed beads and the centre bead, pass the shuttle through it and tension (pic 8).
13. Tat 8ds. (In some bracelets I tatted SR with 6ds/6ds, but everything is still valid).
14. Move enough beads (3 in my example) from the second shuttle near the previous ring (see it on the left of pic 1 and also the next picture below, with the Swarovski bicone). (**)
15. Move one bead in the loop near the very first ds.
16. With the second shuttle, tat 8ds on the second half of the split ring (pic 1)

Now, if you close the split ring, the last bead in the loop will be trapped at the base (like in pic E) and the next element will be a beaded diamond. 
If you don't close the split ring, you can start another beaded daisy, restarting from FIRST SR, step 5 (like in pic 2).

(**)For the centre of the daisy with Gutermann rocailles 9/0, I've moved 3 beads in step 6 and 14.
With Swarovski bicone beads and pearls 4mm, I've moved 5 beads in step 6 and 14.

Don't forget step 12!!!
Ciao,
Ninetta

8 comments:

Thank you very much for all your nice comments.

Ciao
Ninetta