My First Shuttle Tatting Experience
This, my friends, is my very first piece of anything tatted with a shuttle.
People say knitting and crocheting is a dying art… tatting is on its deathbed. I learned to needle tat quite a while ago and made a cross bookmark from an old Workbasket magazine. Needle tatting is very easy to learn, especially for knitters. Making the knots is just like casting on.
Most vintage patterns assume the reader is using a shuttle. Certain stitches cannot be made with a needle, rendering the vintage pattern useless.
I was at the craft shop and noticed a plastic tatting shuttle for $2 and decided to give it a whirl. The shuttle broke before I could wind the bobbin and it took me 45 minutes just to make this tiny ring. After I made the ring with this tutorial…
I realized my stitches were backwards.
I appreciate how basic the video is. I played it over time and again. In the end, however I reverted back to my very best needlework book in the world, the Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework.
The book is out of print but is easy to find used on Amazon and Ebay and used at garage sales. I have two copies purchased for $1. One for me to keep, and one to loan to friends.
This book is where I learned most of my needlework skills. My mom is very crafty and helped me through the beginning stages, but I keep this book for a quick reference.
The broken shuttle is broken but not useless. I will work with it a little more to decide if one of these Etsy beauties are with the purchase: