Tatted Inside-Out Ring (Leaf)

Copyright (C) 2009 Ruth Perry

Copyright (C) 2009 Ruth Perry

Begin with 3 seed beads on the shuttle thread, cut from ball thread.

Leaving about a 10″ tail begin tatting a ring of BDS, Balanced Double Stitch. The three beads are not in the hand ring.  They remain on the (core) shuttle thread.

Anitra was the first to call this a double double stitch, but I’ll stick with the original name, Balanced Double Stitch, that describes it’s function.

BDS RING ( 3 SP 3 MP 3 LP 3 MP 3 SP 3 B B B 3 SP 3 MP 3 LP 3 MP 3 SP 3 SP 1)

Since these are BDS, they will curve either direction.  Shape them so that the picots are facing each other with the inside out and the outside in.

This will put the three beads at the point of the leaf, on the outside.  Just turn the ring inside out.

Put the tail on a needle or floss threader, and “lace up the picots” like a tennis shoe.  Through the SP on the side opposite the tail, then the SP on the same side as the tail, then the next SP, then the MPs then the LPs then the MPs then the SPs.  Then through the small loop where the three beads are on the core.  Pull the tail to tighten it up so there isn’t any extra thread anywhere.

Close the ring, then pull the lacing thread somewhat tighter.  Next, using the needle to sew around the lacing threads all the way back down through the picots forming a line down the center of the leaf.  Sew through the stitch at the bottom of the leaf, tighten, and then tighten the ring snug.

Copyright (C) 2009 Ruth Perry

Copyright (C) 2009 Ruth Perry

This photo shows how it looks after the tail has been laced through the picots, but the ring not yet closed and pulled tight.  When it is closed and tightened there will not be the loop of thread at the bottom of the ring.

Since this includes some needle lace techniques it is technically a combination of tatting and needle lace.

Another smaller variation is a BDS Ring ( 3 SP 3 MP 3 SP 3 B B B 3 SP 3 MP 3 SP 3 SP 1 )

This one is a shorter ring, not so long and thin.  It looks more like a cluny than the first one.

Tat several BDS over the tail ends, then add another leaf in and tat BDS over all the ends.  Repeat this either putting them on the same side or alternating sides to make a tatted branch with leaves.  More photos soon…



3 Responses to “Tatted Inside-Out Ring (Leaf)”

  1. Barb Says:

    The new Inside-Out Leaf is awesome! Thank you so very much for sharing it. I am definately going to try this one!

  2. Sharon Davis Says:

    I am going to half to try this one. Love the leaf.

  3. Cherilynne Says:

    I do needle tatting but figured this out for needle tatting. Love it! Not sure I did it exactly the same but it turned out great! Thanks for posting the pattern and the well taken pictures!

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