Erzsabet in Stitches

My life in costuming and tatting

Month: February 2017

Loops and Chains Choker Tutorial

Tutorial for a simple tatted choker or bracelet.


This is a simple pattern that I adapted from the base of a crown I found in Tatting Patterns and Designs by Gum Blomqvist and Elwy Persson. It reminded me so much of those stretchy “tattoo” chokers from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. I started the pattern as a bracelet to test it out, which I made two of. One in variegated green, the other in variegated pink. The next step was to do it in black to simulate the “tattoo” chokers.


The pattern is simple enough to follow. It starts off with a loop consisting of 9 picots with 3 double stitches between each one. Then reverse work, and do a chain with 3 double stitches, picot, 3 double stitches, picot, 3 double stitches, and reverse work.

My Raspberry Swirl bracelet WIP

Raspberry Swirl bracelet WIP

Do this until you have reached the desired length, then along the top do a mirror of the chains along the bottom (3ds, p, 3ds, p, 3ds) and join each end to the center picot at the top of each ring. I find that with size 8 thread, 3 sets measures about an inch long.

Green Swirl bracelet

Green Swirl bracelet

You can add a clasp and short chain to make it adjustable, regular clasp closing, or a loop and button.

The shorthand of the pattern is as follows:

Round 1

(first set)

R: 3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3 RW

Ch: 3-3-3 RW

(regular set)

R: 3-3+3+3-3-3-3-3-3-3 RW

Ch: 3-3-3 RW

(closing set)

R: 3-3+3+3-3-3-3-3-3-3

Repeat until desired length

Round 2

Ch: +3-3-3+

Thread Catcher Tutorial Review

Thread catchers are handy things to keep around your sewing space.

I had never heard of a thread catcher before, but when a friend shared theirs, I immediately saw how easy it would be to make one, and how convenient they would be to have around. I always had threads lying around everywhere, and having something to stuff them in once I trimmed them off my projects helped keep my sewing room a little tidier.

My thread catcher

Thread catcher

My friend linked me to a simple tutorial, which you can find here. The directions are easy to follow, and you don’t have to have amazing sewing skills to pull this project off. It also includes visual steps to follow.  And best of all,  project that doesn’t take a lot of time to put together.

I decided to  use leftover fabric from a cotton sateen duvet cover I had taken apart for another project. It was easy to draft up the pattern for it and put it together. The part that took the longest for me, was finding buttons I wanted to use for it that went with the fabric. I have a lot of buttons.

You could easily make a bunch of these and sell them on Etsy. You could even give these as gifts to any other sewing enthusiasts you know.

In conclusion, I definitely recommend giving this tutorial a try, it’s both fun and easy to make. This is one of my favorite small projects to date, due to the ease of construction and the handiness of this simple little