First up this week is Susan. She has tackled Nina’s Ornament with shuttles instead of needle.
Ever the hard head, I figured out the instructions for shuttle tatting the ornament; I even only used two shuttles! I marked up the needle tatting with the shuttle tatting instructions (attached); please make sure Nina’s ok with the changes before you publish them, if possible.
I had some beads & thread that just seemed to go together which I used since I don’t have any #8 beads. Instead I used #6 beads (transparent silver lined or frosted; the dark blue ones didn’t seem to photograph well) with a #5 thread (with an iridescent filament) in hopes that the two oversizes would work together. The pictures of try #2 are below; try #1 had too many mistakes & has already been stripped of its beads & disposed of. Finished size is 2″ x 2″.
One word of caution for shuttle tatters: try to keep the ring or chain flat while you’re tatting it. You can take up the slack as you tighten things up at the end, but you can’t go back and add thread to make things lay flat!
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The next photo is from Chari.