One again, I have to qualify that I am a shuttle-tatter but know a bit of needle-tatting to take up this challenge. But first, I needed to learn how to make split rings with a needle, and this TotusMel video really helped.
Using that method as the basis, these are the steps that I used to add the bead in the centre of the split ring.
|The first ring is a regular ring. I made the second ring as a split ring following TotusMel's video.|
|Here, the bead will be added to the second split ring. To add the bead, I pull the ball thread through a bead and hold it with a pin ( a paper clip will also do), then knot the thread (like what is usually done in needle-tatting after each element)|
|Tat the double stitches as usual, enough to cover half of the bead when you close the ring.|
|Then, tat the other side of the split ring.|
|To close the ring, first pass the needle through the thread that comes out from the bead, then the loop at the end and close it.|
|A completely closed split ring with a bead in the centre.|
|Two split rings with beads in the centre|