Here we are: last row, about a quarter completed:
Before the final measure, this piece measures about 23". Actually, considering the size of the thread, I had imagined it would have been larger.
The beads, which were bought a few summers ago at a garage sale, are quite large. I had forgotten about them and at the last minute realized that they would be just perfect in the last repeats.
Because of their size, they cannot be added in the normal, strung fashion, for then the rings would be the wrong size, thus distorting the scale of the last row. So, I have been adding them, one by one, as I go along.
The shuttles are most wonderful - so smooth and they hold so much thread. They really feel great in the hand; however, because mine are on the small side, these beauties will be reserved for larger pieces like this one, as their constant use is tiring and they often leap randomly out of my grasp!I do miss my LaCossettes!
Usually I use the slip/slide method, but because of the size of the shuttles, I have to tat like Marilee! If you have eve seen a video of her tatting, you will know what I mean. Such fun!
And last, but certainly not least, I received a wonderful gift shuttle, commemorating The Queen's 90th birthdqy. I love the Queen! What a treat. Thank you so much, Margaret!