Angel With Tatted Wings




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I made these angel using beads from an old belt and a bit of crochet cotton. I think they turned out pretty well. They were intended as Christmas ornaments but they can be used to decorate other things as well.

Since this is so small, it is a good beginner project.

Step 1: Materials:

Beads for the body
Head pins--at least 2 inches
Round-nosed plyers

Tatting shuttle (or tatting needle)
No. 10 crochet cotton (or whatever you have on hand)
Super glue

White glue
Paint brush
Straight pins

Step 2: Body

I make the body first since I want to make the wings fit the size of the body.

I used beads from a hideously ugly old belt. Once I took it apart, the beads themselves were very nice. I used gold flat beads as halos. I had some plain wood beads for the heads.

Once they were strung, I curled the leftover wire from the head pin around the round-nosed plyers to make a hanger loop.

Step 3: Wings

I tatted the wings but you could also crochet them. If you don't have the tatting or crochet skills, you can find a piece of lace to use as the wings.

The pattern that I made up was pretty easy. I made a few variations, but here is the pattern I liked best:

Ring 1: 9 dh, 1 p, 3 dh, close ring
Ring 2: 3 dh, join to last p, 3 dh, 9 p, 3 dh, 1 p, 3 dh, close ring
Ring 3: 3 dh, join to last p, 3 dh, 3 p, 3 dh, 1 p, 3 dh, close ring
Chain: 3 dh, 5 p, 3 dh
Ring 4: 6 dh, join to last p, 3 dh, 1 p, 6 dh, close ring
Chain: 10 dh
Ring 5: 3 dh, join to last p, 3 dh, 5 p, 3 dh, 1 p, 3 dh, close ring
Chain (center): 5 dh
Ring 6: repeat ring 5
Chain: 10 dh
Ring 7: repeat round 4
Chain: 3 dh, 5 p, 3 dh
Ring 8: repeat ring 3
Ring 9: repeat ring 2
Ring 10: 3 dh, join to last p, 9 dh, close ring

Fasten the tails and trim.

Note: dh stands for double hitch
p stands for picot

Step 4: Attach Wings

Super glue the wings onto the middle of the body. Whichever side you glue them to becomes the back. I use super glue gel because it stays in place better. If you only have the thin super glue, I would probably find another strong type of glue. The gel takes a while to dry.

Step 5: Stiffening the Wings

Mix white glue with water--about equal parts (it really doesn't matter if you are exact).

Cover the ironing board (or other pin-able surface) with plastic. I used a plastic grocery bag.

Pin the wings to the ironing board using straight pins.

Paint the glue/water mixture on the wings. After letting the liquid soak into the fibers for a few minutes, gently blot with a tissue. This will force a bit more liquid into the fibers as well as remove the excess liquid from the lace. If you leave the liquid filling in the middle of the rings, you may end up with a thin film of dried glue that could be visible in the final angel.

Allow to dry. Paint a second coat if you want the wings a bit stiffer.



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    6 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I will need to look into tatting, I don't know much about it. I sure love the way it looks though. This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing~


    5 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    This is a good beginner project since it is done with thicker thread and you only have to make a few rings.


    Reply 1 year ago

    I think I will try the other tutorial before attempting this, it looks like this one might be a little harder to work with???


    Reply 1 year ago

    Try the other one first--I gave instructions on techniques. Use the techniques to make a set of angel wings or a snowflake ornament, then when you know what you are doing try a handkerchief or curtain edging. Towel edging can be done with thicker thread and still look nice. A handkerchief really needs to be done in a fine thread to look nice so I would call that a more advanced project.


    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks, I will do that. It looks rather simple from the video!


    Reply 1 year ago

    I just started a new instructable--just for you. It will have a couple of snowflake ornaments. They work up pretty quickly. It will give you a chance to practice your new skills. I just have to grab my shuttle so I can take a few pictures.