Tatting has been frustrating since I finished the Spring Doily. I tried many threads and many patterns in an attempt to find a suitable border for the hanky sent to me by Kristen in Russia - here.
I ordered a Sulky thread as I did not have a proper purple for the edging. However, this particular thread seems thinner than the Sulky I have. It is very, very fine, perhaps because it is not variegated.
However, I like it much better than the #40 Lizbeth, with which I am so un-enamoured! The white and green sample are tatted in #40 and feel like twine. That Susanne Schwenke design, and the blue on the left were too busy-looking for the hanky
Mary Konior’s Curds and Whey was tempting, but tatting it was too confusing for me to consider tatting it for an entire edging. It is a great pattern though that I have not used before. I hope to use it in the future on a hanky that is a solid colour or has only a bit of embroidery. Kristen’s is very colourful with a design throughout.
I settled on this pattern from
Bessie M. Attenborough’s
“The Craft of Tatting."
I am still plodding along on this Lucky Clover... It is NOT lucky, believe me! Though it does not appear to be an overly difficult pattern, it is surprisingly challenging. I cannot tat this when I am tired, as I have recently learned.
That second row has been started several times.
The Mystery Shuttle?
The Slider Shuttle!
It can be purchased here.
I wrote of my experience
as a tester over at Tatting Shuttle Addicts:
I thought I would share with you some of what I wrote to Sandi about The Slider. I have added and subtracted stuff but here is the gist of my experience with the new shuttle.
Thank you, dear Sandi, for entrusting me to test tat your invention! This is the BEST of shuttles!
I tatted something right away. I used #40 Lizbeth, and normally I use #80. The shuttle is a bit heavy for the teeny threads, but that is because I am used to LaCossette shuttles. (Aerlit)
I am used to GR-8s as well, so the weight is not an issue for me, but might be for some tatters.
The size - not as bulbous or long on the end as the Silent a Tatter. Hopefully, as you perfect the design you will be able to slim down the rather thick body. Sleekness is all it is missing.
I like the wood of this tester - really smooth finish, light colour, with grain visible, and the hook is the right size, in my opinion, and a perfect length.
The mechanism is brilliant! It took a minute to figure out why there was the little brass knob... Like the Silent Tatter, I suppose? It keeps the tension just right with absolutely NO fiddling. Love it.
Sandi, you are to be congratulated on the fine workmanship of this shuttle.You should be exceptionally proud indeed, as you have created the perfect post shuttle. You will make a lot of tatters very happy.
I am delighted to see that this new star in Tat-Land is ... a Canadian!