Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Oh Dear...

I would be too embarrassed to admit to you how many hours I have spent on this... and I do not think it is right yet...

I have watched Karen’s YouTube #77 a gazillion times to no avail. So frustrating. : (


Then, I tried to add a hook from a brand new Aerlit that I bought to a brand new Pym shuttle. It never got hot enough (the hook) and I ended up melting the end of the shuttle and ruining it without getting the hook to adhere. 

Not a good tatting day.

23 comments:

  1. Hours spent on a new technique are never wasted. I'm sure it will all click when you least expect it.

    Maybe a drop of epoxy would help the hook adhere? I'm no expert, but it's something Denise's husband suggested.

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    1. Warren’s wonderful words are TOO LATE! I already ruined the shuttle and threw out the little hook! Of course, I should have just used Crazy Glue or epoxy... but of course I did not think of it. : (

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  2. Don't worry Fox, you'll get it. Right when you stop trying it will 'click' and you'll marvel on simple it really was. ^-^

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  3. At least you tried, on both! I've been watching the video whenever I have the thought of giving this technique a shot, but have only been 'looking' so far. It'll come to you. This attempt is not looking too bad. :)

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    1. Oh, Val!
      If only that were true. I have the Ruth Perry book. I have a piece of thick rope to practice the knots. I have spent literally days over the past year trying to “get” it. Perhaps it is just not in the cards for me. *sobbing heavily*

      I wish there was someone to show me in person. That usually helps when one is a visual learner.
      Thanks for the encouragement. : ))
      Fox

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  4. I have always noted your frustration with the interlocking rings, and I want so much to help you and other shuttle tatters do them. I have developed what I call 'interlocking rings with a shuttle - without tears'. Please know that I give all the credit to Karen Cabrerra for her video, and, of course, to Rachel (Piney Woods Tatter) for her amazing inspiration. I just do a different maneuver with the thread, and I tat with the slip and slide method. The last ring does require unwinding the shuttle, but I do rewind it again as I prefer not to finger tat. I've been tatting several of them recently to test them out. Now I need to get pictures taken and posted in my blog , which I have sadly neglected. I can't promise before Easter, but I'll do it as soon as I can!

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  5. Fox, in sharing your frustrations with interlocking rings, you've helped to inspire Kathy to post help for all of us shuttle tatters. Thank you. I know I'm looking forward to seeing her tutorial.

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  6. Those interlocking rings are tricky alright! I think your example here looks good. I did eventually do some interlocking rings in a circle like these, but then didn't know what to do with them! So I liked Frivole's motif the other day. I hope Kathy's instructions will do the trick for you.

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  7. Have you studied Jon Yusoff's blog post for 29 July, 2012? The diagram and comments may help, especially the comment added later re: the direction the shuttle is passed through the rings. Good Luck!

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  8. Hi Fox

    There is a great chart on Jons blog, it's a great little picture of how the rings are done, I use it to make mine and to shows where the thread goes.
    I don't add hooks to shuttle can't tat with those hooks joined on, I poke my fingers too much so it's shuttle without hooks for me.
    Love to Gian
    Margaret

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  9. NN just needs to get the tatting needles out and come out to my neck of the woods!!!! I could teach you in no time flat how to do interlocking chain rings! Just saying!!
    Kelly

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  10. NN is pigheadedly determined to learn this on her hooked shuttles. : ( That's her story and she is sticking to it!)

    : ))

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  11. Thank you Tatters!

    I await Kathy's efforts with great enthusiasm!

    Yes, I tried to follow Jon's diagram, to no avail. I am a very slow learner needing a lot of help on this one. : )

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  12. I so wish I was closer to you. I used Karen's video for the most part, and the drawing from Jon's blog to understand the last ring. Sounds like Karen will be doing a tutorial on her method. I will be interested in seeing it.

    As for the shuttle and hook. I can't help, sorry.

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  13. Your interlocking rings look great! YOU CAN DO IT! :)

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