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Floral Tatted Bookmark Pattern

Floral BookmarkFloral Bookmark

© 1998 Kersti Anear

Sample shown original size and tatted using three strands of DMC embroidery cotton for both the shuttle and ball threads.

Please note – this is NOT a beginner pattern. You should be reasonably confident with your tatting before you attempt this one.

This would have to be one of my favourite patterns to make up.

Instructions

  • Ring A : 4ds, p, 6ds, 5p sep 4ds, 4ds
  • Chain A
    • Petal A: 3ds, p 12ds, p, 3ds, join to 1st p of ring A,
    • Petal B: 3ds, join to petal A, 12ds, p, 3ds, join to ring A
    • Petal C: 3ds, join to petal B, 6ds, 3p sep 3ds, 3ds, join to ring A
    • Petal D: 3ds, join to petal C, 3ds, p, 12ds, join to ring A
    • Stalk: 3ds, p, 15ds, p, 3ds
  • Turn over work
  • * Ring B : 4ds, join to Petal D, 6ds, join to Petal C, 3ds, 4p sep 3ds, 3ds
  • Chain A
    • Petal A: 3ds, join to previous stalk, 12ds, p, 3ds, join to 1st p of ring B,
    • Petal B: 3ds, join to petal A, 12ds, p, 3ds, join to ring B
    • Petal C: 3ds, join to petal B, 6ds, 3p sep 3ds, 3ds, join to ring B
    • Petal D: 3ds, join to petal C, 3ds, p, 12ds, join to ring B
    • Stalk: 3ds, join to petal D, 15ds, p, 3ds
  • Turn over work
  • Repeat from * 4 times
  • Ring B : 4ds, join to Petal D, 6ds, join to Petal C, 3ds, 4p sep 3ds, 3ds
  • Chain A
    • Petal A: 3ds, join to previous stalk, 12ds, p, 3ds, join to 1st p of ring B,
    • Petal B: 3ds, join to petal A, 12ds, p, 3ds, join to ring B
    • Petal C: 3ds, join to petal B, 12ds, p, 3ds, join to ring B
    • Petal D: 3ds, join to petal C, 12ds, join to ring C of Previous flower, 3ds
    • Join to last p of Ring B. Tie and cut.

Cut embroidery cotton into lengths that are twice the length of the bookmark, fold over and join through Ring A.

25 thoughts on “Floral Tatted Bookmark Pattern”

  1. This was a very very early one – I’d jotted down a few notes from borrowing Mary’s book and then had to give it back. A couple of years later and the source was lost (back in those days we did not pay attention the way we do now) so I shared my bookmark pattern without realising the illustrious beginnings.

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  3. I’m part of a small group, we tat together 2 x per mo. and have been doing bookmarks. I’ll be sure to give you credit when we use your pattperns, They are very unusual, you are very creative.

    Maureen

  4. Just start three flowers. will try to complete this bookmark and give this as gift to others. Thanks for your kind sharing this. I will name Kirti Bookmark. Wish your creativity and wisdom growth.

  5. Hi Kersti,
    I was just digging through all my old printouts of my fave tatting patterns I found on the web back in the day to get them put into Evernote. Was going to take a pic of it, but realized I could just put it into Evernote, so I can take the pattern with me on my android phone anywhere, directly from the web. When I saw that your site said you lost the source on this, I chuckled as I have a printout of it from 11/1/2002. 🙂 Been loving this pattern ever since, have made one bookmark and am currently in the process of making a bracelet out of it. Thank you for the beauty you’ve added to our lives!

  6. Dear Kersti
    I truly love all your bookmark pattern. I would like to try this floral bookmark as my first serious project as it seems like something I can manage after a 30 year lay-off. Could you let me know what is the number of double stitch, picot, joining point for Chain A. Once again thank you for your lovely bookmark patterns. Your instructions are clear and accurate – a merciful gift for born-again tatters like me.

    Best wishes
    Hairiyah Ismail

  7. Hi Hairi

    Chain A forms the petals and stalk and is made up of

    Petal A: 3ds, p 12ds, p, 3ds, join to 1st p of ring A,
    Petal B: 3ds, join to petal A, 12ds, p, 3ds, join to ring A
    Petal C: 3ds, join to petal B, 6ds, 3p sep 3ds, 3ds, join to ring A
    Petal D: 3ds, join to petal C, 3ds, p, 12ds, join to ring A
    Stalk: 3ds, p, 15ds, p, 3ds

    This particular bookmark can be quite tricky! Good luck!

  8. Hi Kersti, just came across this lovely pattern and sadly am stuck right at the beginning 🙁 could you elaborate what you mean by 5p sep 4ds? Is it 5p separated by 4ds each? Or 5p separating 4ds i.e 1ds between each?

    Also, is 1p left over because I only seem to have 4 joins for the petals?

    Looking forward to making the full bookmark soon! Tx.

  9. Hello again 🙂

    Sorry for the random questions, but you mention using 3 or 6 strands of embroidery thread – I’m just wondering what difference you feel this makes to the finished product as opposed to using just the one strand of crochet or tatting cotton.

  10. If you take a standard 6 strand skein of embroidery cotton and split that you can use just three to give you equivalent to approximately size 20 crochet cotton. 6 Strands together will give you equivalent to roughly a size 3 pearl cotton. I used to do this as when I started tatting there were not the colours available to me in crochet cottons. It is worth experimenting to find what works for you.

  11. Hi Kersti, your patterns are beautiful, thank you so much for sharing them with us! I just had a couple of things that I noticed getting started on it. On the first ring and petal A, the picots are included that are necessary on the subsequent petals for attaching, but aren’t on the first, as there is no previous flower to attach to. It seems as though ring A should begin with 14 ds, followed by 4 p sep by 4ds, 4ds. Then petal A should have 15 ds, p, 3 ds… Etc. to avoid the extra picots on the beginning flower. Also, ring A has 30 stitches, where ring B only has 25. Is this intentional to accommodate the tassel? And finally, on the repeats of the flowers, the pattern indicates the stalk attaching to petal D, but the picture appears to show the stalk attaching to petal C of the previous flower. Correct?

  12. I’ getting so twisted around. I wish this pattern came with a diagram that labeled the petals. I keep trying to refer to the photo, but mine isn’t looking like yours. Its somehow building the next flower off the wrong side of the first flower. I’m so frustrated, I really want make this. :'(

  13. Ok, so I just figured out that this pattern builds bottom up. 😀 got it now. Feeling like a doofus. Lol.

  14. Sorry, for asking. It may be silly, but I don’t seem to understand something. How do I get the tread from the one stalk to the other? I know that the ball thread makes the stalks and the shuttle thread makes the rings but I don’t get the chain. Where does it fit? Thank you>

  15. I love your patterns and have made the floral bookmark. In the instructions for the stalk, which comes after ring B, you have “3ds, join to petal D, 15ds, p, 3ds.” I think it should be “join to petal C” as petal C is left with one p when join make the stalk, but petal D doesn’t. I use Pearl Cotton NO. 8 for my bookmarks and with 7 flowers total for the Floral pattern, this is a good size. Using Pearl Cotton also give you a wide range of colours to choose from. Best Wishes Ruth Mc

  16. Could you tell me what ‘sep’ means. I haven’t seen this in other patterns. I am pretty new though and just beginning try some more the more difficult catagory.

  17. “sep” is short for separated. You’ll see it in early 20th century patterns which is what I was using a lot when I wrote this one out. So 3p sep 3ds is 3 picots separated by 3 double stitches

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