March 14 - Ruth's Shamrock Sachet

Copyright 2004 Ruth Perry

This is a fairly easy little sachet or pin cushion to tat and stuff with a small "pillow" with scent or possibly some emery dust to sharpen your needles. Emery sand may be purchased from Georgia Seitz as well as instructions for a pin cushion filler.

One shuttle and ball of thread CTM

Begin the first row about where the twisted cord is located on the pic. Use a paper clip to hold a small loop of thread at the beginning of the first chain, or begin with a picot by tying an overhand knot in the thread and tatting the 1st ds a picot's distance from the knot which will not pull through the stitches.


First row
Chain ( 2 - 2 - 4 ) turn
Ring ( 4 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 4 ) turn
Chain ( 4 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 4 ) turn
Ring ( 4 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 4 ) [ join to the previous ring ]
Repeat so there are 4 rings all joined together as shown. The 4th ring joins to both the previous ring and the first ring.

Chain ( 4 - 2 - 2 )
Tie the end to the picot or loop left at the beginning of this row.

Now tat another 1st row exactly the same as the one you just completed. Do not cut the threads, just continue tatting.

Outside row

Chain ( 4 - 2 - 2 - 4 ) Join to a picot of both of the first row pieces where shown in the photo.
Repeat this chain around joining where shown in the photo. Slip the pillow between the two first row pieces before the final two joins.

Tie the end to the beginning, and finish with spiral chain, twisted cord, or a ring to attach a ribbon. This may be used on a chatelain as a pin cushion, as a bookmark, or for a sachet for your hanky drawer. ( Who has a hanky drawer these days???)