Ice Drop Practice

One of the most popular new patterns taking the tatting world by storm is Diane Cademartori’s “Ice Drop” pattern. The pattern’s popularity took its creator by surprise according to what she said when I spoke with her in 2016. A striking way to surround a simple glass drop bead with tatted rings and chains, decorated with additional chains and beads or with a variety of decorative threads arranged in variations ranging from Diane’s initial pattern to the complex patterns that have grown out of that first effort.

Thread Bears believed that such a simple pattern would be the perfect addition to the other ornaments we have prepared over the years for the benefit known as Deck the Trees at the Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain. So as a group, we undertook the mastery of the pattern and its variations.


This example was created using Altin Basak thread size 50 in the color 1351 – a gold cotton thread with gold metallic thread spun with it. The tatting surrounds a green glass bead that is 18 to 20 mm in diameter.

There’s nothing like a little bling added to the holidays and the glittering gold adds something that would make the green of the glass drop stand out against the green of the trees.

Another example of one of our Ice Drops looks like this:

This is another small Ice Drop made with Lizbeth size 20 in solid colors ranging from Cream to Burgundy to Fudge and Medium Coral. We will be continuing our lessons in Ice Drops for the next several weeks.


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