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Designer of the Week – Karey Solomon

This week’s Designer of the Week is Karey Solomon.  Karey is a prolific author, with 28 published books.  Below this blog post is a list of all her works, so you can find them at the Tatting Corner easily.

Karey has kindly given us a look into her Baubles, Bangles, and Beads book, with the following:

Really Quick Beaded Baubles


You will need one gem  – you also could use a marble, too, but this looks even more interesting with a gem – and  about 4 yards of size 20 cordonnet thread, on which 72 beads have been threaded.  Threading pattern, with “o” signifying a size 10 or 11 bead and “0” as a size E (6) bead is  (oooo0oooo) eight times.  Note: the pattern is for the bauble made with red thread on the right.  The blue and copper-colored baubles are the “caged” marbles, also in “Baubles, Bangles and Beads.” ©

Wind first nine beads onto the shuttle with the first part of the thread; then wind most of the remaining thread.  The next  54 beads are used in the loop around your left hand for the first R.

Reserve the last 9 beads with about 2 feet of “tail “thread.

{R: 7 (move 18 beads from loop for a picot)} three times, 7.

Close R

Move beads from tail thread and remaining 1/10 of beads from shuttle thread, and tie these two threads together.

[[R: 7 + (in middle of beads from first R’s p)]] three times, 7

Place gem into the bead “cage” and close R

Ornament hanger: LCH:20 or to length needed.  Extra beads may be used to ornament the hanger. Join to opposite side of the last R made, tie, cut and sew in ends.  This also makes a good scissors fob.

Optional – thread on a bunch of extra beads of various sizes and loop them at the bottom for a beaded tassel.

© Karey Solomon 2011

Pattern may be found in “Baubles, Bangles and Beads”

List of Karey’s published works:

A Bouquet of Bookmarks (T375)

Basketats (T317)

Baubles, Bangles and Beads (T361)

Button Abecedarius (T374)

Circle of Children (T155)

Doily Delights (T388)

Flutter Home (T307)

Hearts Belong to Tatting (T244)

Here Be Dragons (T318)

Let it Snow! (T443)

Make Many Merrily (T116)

Sheep May Safely Graze (T47)

Shuttleworth Cottage (T280)

Sweet Knottings (T194)

Tat Marks the Spot (T74)

Tat Mats (T491)

Tatting by Ear (T447)

Tatting by the Book (T347)

Tatting Elegant Edgings (T301)

Tatting for the Tree (T234)

Tatting Times Edgings (T96)

Tatting Times Two (T235)

Tatting Turns Over a New Leaf (T266)

Tatting with Buttons (T135)

Tatting with Buttons 2 (T175)

Tree of Life (T156)

Twinkle Twinkle (T415)

Wandering Wheels (T362)

Designer of the Week: Carolyn Craig

Blog Editor’s Comment:  I met Craig, as she likes to be called, for the first time in 2013, at Tat Days in Greenfield, IN (this was before I purchased the Tatting Corner).  We were in a class with the Shuttle Brothers, and not only was she doing everything they were teaching, she was also in the process of designing her 3D Fairies.  I am in awe of her design skills.  Everyone should own a copy of both of her books (available only at the Tatting Corner)!

Craig has provided this synopsis of her most recent book, 3-D Tatted Angel:

The index of this book is
Pages                    2-3       Materials
Page                      3           Abbreviations
Pages                    4-9       Wings ONE – Large
Pages                   10-13   Wings TWO – Small
Page                     13          Halo
Pages                   14-15   Seed Bead Bodies
Pages                   16-25   Clothes – Skirt
Pages                   26-27   Clothes – Blouse with sleeves
Pages                   28-29   Putting Angel Together – under skirt of ribbon and tatted outer skirt
Pages                   30         Putting Angel Together – attaching Blouse and sleeves
Pages                   31-32   Putting Angel Together – painting, stiffening and putting wings together
Pages                   33-35   Putting Angel Together – making 4 embroidery floss wigs
Page                     36         Halo and the down feathers between the wings
Page                     36         Hanger
Pages                   37-43   Images of finished 3-D Tatted Angels in different colors and hair styles
Page                     44         Place to write your own notes while making your 3-D Tatted Angel
Each area is filled step-by- step written and photo instructions.  Click on the image to enlarge.