Bead in Split Ring With Needle

I received an e-mail from Wanda asking how to add a bead in between split rings.  I misread it and thought it was to place in the centre of a split ring, tatting with needle.   I searched for tatting videos to do this but I cannot find any, or I have not searched enough.  So, my mind started working and I came out with my version of it.

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
I have to qualify again that I am a shuttle-tatter and I am looking at this through the eyes of a shuttle-tatter but using the needle instead. There may  already be tutorials on this by other needle-tatters which may give better instructions. If other tatters find this useful, then I am happy enough.


  1. Even though I don't needle that, I found this very interesting!

  2. I loved because I'm learning the basic s of needle tatting and have no idea to do this! Thank you!

  3. Thank you for sharing this, I was just wondering how this could be done, you gave enough clues to figure it out!

  4. Jon, I only needle tat and couldn´t find how to attach a bead in a split ring, there are no videos for this... now I know how to! Thanks!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing such a cool tip! :)

  6. Your tatting skill is amazing! I spent a couple of hours trying to figure out how this was done and you just went ahead and learned needle tatting split rings and came up with the solution.
    Thank you very much for the very cleat tutorial.

  7. I want to say thank you, that helps me. I'm new to needle tatting and I enjoy working the patterns I have and I'm always looking for new ones to try. Thank you again.

  8. Beautiful. Can you actually put a bead between the rings rather than in centre?? (Shuttle tatting)

    1. Liyarra, that would be using the technique for single-shuttle split ring. Thread the beads before starting and slide one bead down after closing the SSSR, before starting the next ring.
      Not sure how to add a bead in the middle of a SSSR at this time.


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