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Marilee Rockley on craftsy.com
Milwaukee, WI USA

Marilee Rockley has been a driving force in modern tatting. Her designs, which have appeared in various magazines as well as her book Tatted Jewelry, make this Victorian art accessible to ...

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Swords Into Plowshares tatted necklace

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(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Swords Into Plowshares tatted necklace
Swords Into Plowshares tatted necklace
Swords Into Plowshares tatted necklace
Swords Into Plowshares tatted necklace
Swords Into Plowshares tatted necklace

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • tat rings and chains
  • make a join in tatting
  • make a lock join in tatting
  • node stitch (also called Victorian sets)
  • using 2 shuttles
  • floating rings (rings thrown off chains)
  • bead in center of ring
  • split chain

Pattern Description:

The inspiration for this tatted necklace was the Biblical passage "They shall beat their swords into plowshares...." Micah 4:3 and Isaiah 2:4.

I tried to capture in tatting the suggestion of a sword handle with the bottom part flattened into a plowshare, or at least a shovel. The center is colorful and floral-like, an attempt to convey growth and peace. The beads at the center add sparkle and also weight to try to keep the necklace centered.

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Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Tatted piece measures about 8 inches long, and 2 inches wide at center. Total necklace length can be adjusted as desired by adding to or subtracting from the chain length. As written the finished necklace is about 17 inches.


  • Size 10 Lizbeth thread: 10 yards solid color, 2 yards green, 3 yards multicolor
  • 2 tatting shuttles
  • Small crochet hook about size 12/.7mm
  • Wide eye beading needle or floss threader
  • A short piece of sewing thread
  • Paper clip
  • 6mm round beads: 1
  • 4mm round beads: 5
  • Size 8 seed beads: 12
  • Top drilled leaf or teardrop beads: 3
  • 5mm to 6mm jump rings: 2
  • 4mm jump rings: 2
  • 9-inch length of necklace chain
  • Small purchased charm for necklace end
  • Necklace clasp

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