A Tatting Technique to Try: Mock Ring With Bead in Center

This special guest post is from Marilee Rockley, instructor of the Craftsy class Shuttle Tatting. Sign up today to learn how to make lovely lacy jewelry and embellishments to enhance your quilts, paper crafts and more!

Tatted Necklace Pendant

Tatting tutorial for a self-closing mock ring

Gorgeous tatting jewelry projects often feature a central bead in their design. A technique to achieve this is “self-closing mock ring” (abbreviated as SCMR), or simply “mock ring.” Learn how to make a mock ring for your tatting designs with this step-by-step tutorial.

Tatting a Chain

Step 1: Begin by tatting a chain.

A self-closing mock ring is actually a tatted chain with a loop left at the beginning.

Slipping a Bead Over a Starting Loop for Tatting

Step 2: Slip a bead over the starting loop.

To add a bead in the center, tat to reach halfway around the bead, and then slip the bead onto the loop. I’ve put the bead onto a small crochet hook to pull the loop through the bead.

Putting Tatted Shutted Through a Loop

Step 3: Put the shuttle through the loop.

After the bead is placed onto the loop of thread, put the shuttle though the loop. A trick I like to use is to leave a paper clip in as a space saver, to make the final join easier. The paper clip is hanging between the start of the tatting and the bead, so it’s sort of like holding a small picot temporarily.

Tightening Tatted Mock Ring

Step 4: Tighten and continue.

Tighten the core (shuttle thread) around the bead. Then, continue tatting the rest of the way around the bead.

Finishing Tatted Mock Ring

Step 5: Finish with a lock join.

Tighten the tatting, then remove the paper clip, and insert a crochet hook into the small space.

Finish by pulling up a loop of the core thread, then put the shuttle through and tighten for a lock join.

Looking for more inspiration?

Here are a few more examples of tatted jewelry projects in which this technique is used.

Tatted Earrings
Tatted Pendant

Want to learn more? In my Shuttle Tatting course, we begin with the basics of tatting and then move on to how to add beads. Try this fun new craft that’s inexpensive and portable by signing up today!

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About Marilee Rockley

Craftsy Crochet Instructor Marilee Rockley

With a background in many arts and crafts, Marilee currently focuses on tatted jewelry design and dyeing tatting threads in unique colorways that can’t be found elsewhere. Her work has appeared in magazines as well as her four pattern books. Take a look at her latest experiments on her blog, Yarnplayer.

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4 Responses to “A Tatting Technique to Try: Mock Ring With Bead in Center”
  1. Darlene Diederich
    Darlene Diederich

    I have your book Tatted Jewelry and Your work is sooooo amazing!!! I hope one of these days I can tatt like you!!!

    • Darlene Diederich
      Darlene Diederich

      I love tatting I have arthritus in my hands well all over really. Can you turn a shuttle pattern into a needle pattern? Also I see a lot of beautiful Russian tatting do you read the diagram like all others?

  2. Mrs

    Took a bit of finding but managed to locate your “Rotation tatted pendant” on your Etsy shop 🙂
    So Happy, I shall put a button in it 🙂

  3. Valmai Vorster
    Valmai Vorster

    HI Marilee I am mad about tatting, I bought your class on beginners tatting and have almost worked through it. May I contact you if I need to find out more about tatting please. Your tatting is absolutely beautiful.