Thursday, August 22, 2013

Michelle's requested Tutorial: Attaching suncatchers to bracelets

I use this pattern:   This is Sue Hanson's Val's Suncatcher:  http://freespace.virgin.net/bo.hanson/Tatting/CrystalRing/CrystalsRing.html
I tat the suncatcher as she says and then attach it the way she says.  Here is a photo tutorial:
First, I tat the suncatcher center.  
 Next, put the center in the bracelet.
 Next, take a length of string..
 wrap it around the bracelet once leaving a good long "tail),
 Then pull the string through one of the center picots on a chain...
 (not a clear picture, but..)here, the string in pulled through the picot
 pull it all the way through..
 now you have to wrap it once around the bracelet..
 here it is wrapped once..
 pull it up snuggly(it won't stay, but it will help while pulling the thread through the next picot.
 After pulling it through again, wrap once then pull through the next picot all the way around.
 When you get to the end...snug the thread up all the way around and straighten out your suncatcher center..
 then I usually just tie a knot  **doing my best to keep the tension-which can be hard!
 Then, I usually just take the "tails" of the string and.. 
 make a knot at the length I choose..
 then trim close to the knot..
 and it makes a hanger for me..
 See?  :)
Now, this is the easiest way I have joined the suncatchers to the bracelets!
*I have also tatted the chains to the bracelet, but that is tough and it makes it hard to tat with the bracelet in the way, and sometimes the chains don't look so nice when done that way.
*I have also taken the "tails" of thread at the end leaving them very long and then tatted a lock chain, or spiral chain the length I want a hanger to be and then just tied a loop at the top.
I hope this helps!!!  :)

Oops!!!  I guess I made a small mistake Michelle.  I thought you wanted to know how to attach the suncatchers, and I rechecked my comments and found out you asked about a dream catcher tutorial.  I will do my best to work on one for you-please forgive me.  Maybe this will help someone else.  :)

13 comments:

Madtatter80 said...

oh how pretty thank you for posting instructions!

Margarets designer cards said...

Well it helped me, I was thinking of tatting this soon
Margaret

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Indeed this is quite helpful! I have all kinds of bracelets waiting patiently for me to do something with them! And knowing how I can attach the tatting is great! Thanks for the info and the tips. You have a great collection of these suncatchers! I've loved the beadwork, too!

West Pine Creations said...

Very, very pretty!! I just LOVE it!!

God's Kid said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments!! I am glad it helps someone!! :)

mb duke said...

Thanks for the tutorial. This is a great idea. I can't wait to see the dream catcher earring tutorial. I love that pattern and the beautiful earrings you have posted.

Lelia said...

Oh my! thank you ever so much for the tutorial [and link to the original pattern/tutorial]

I have some rings and didn't quite get around to attaching anything inside of them. You make it look so easy

Guess the secret is to have a nice piece of tatting in a great color and then attach

Tat Well Today

Jane McLellan said...

It looks like a fiddly job, good to know the best way of getting it done!

God's Kid said...

Thank you all so much!! I am glad this helps others since it wasn't what was requested. :)

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Thanks for sharing your great instructions! I will be trying this some day!

God's Kid said...

You can do it Diane!! Can't wait to see yours!! :)

Manu Pietro said...

Complimenti sei bravissima ... Ciao

God's Kid said...

Thank you Manu Pietro!! :)