July 18 - the spider and the fly by Ruth
Beads are optional, so if using beads for the eyes thread two beads on the thread before winding about a yard on the shuttle. Leave a thread end about 1/2 yard then cut the thread from the ball.
Ring (3 - 2 - 2 - 3)
Split Ring (4 + 4 / 4 + 4 ) Join to the picots of the previous ring. Tat it 6 +4 if it doesn't lie flat.
Pull the carrying thread up through the center picot of the inside ring, and tie the thread ends in a square knot. The thread ends are the web the spider spins. Add a clear bead to the threads here if desired, and another thread to make twisted cord for a bookmark.
Use beads or picots for the eyes. This spider would also look great with a bead instead of the inside ring of the abdomen. Use Jacqui Teal’s method of adding a bead inside a ring (Taught at Hector 2005) and the ends will still come out in the right place.
One picot in the
2nd ring, (5 - 5)
outer SR (10 /10)
Only cut the two picots near the head, and you have A TATTED FLY !!!
This is an easy spider (or fly) to tat for demonstrating in the fall. Kids love them!!! Tatted in gold they are a great Christmas Spider. Use any thread, any color, and any size. I like to tat them in size 10 - bright variegated thread when I’m tatting “give aways”.