Back in 2009, I joined eTatters, which became InTatters, after beginning my tatting adventure and the search for a tatting community in October of 2008.
Tat-Land! Oh joy! A community of like-minded shuttle wieldering thread addicts who existed out there in Internet territory. I was thrilled; I could get help.
If one is fortunate, in tatting as in life, one finds an advocate to champion one's success; one is supported and encouraged by an individual who astonishingly appears at critical moments, ready to uplift and inspire a flagging spirit. For me that was Lynn of Hong Kong. Her words were full of praise and encouragement; without her, this fledgling tatter would never have learned to fly. Ever.
Am I being dramatic here? Definitely not.
You all are familiar with my temper? You know my shuttles woukd have faced certain banishment, hurled down the garbage shute accompanied by many, many nasty, bad words. Without Lynn's continual encouragement and praise throughout those challenging early years, I would never have struggled on through many difficult tatting plateaus.
Well, I'm still learning from Lynn.
The other day over at Crafttree she gave me a tip. I questioned her about closing rings, because of something she mentioned in a post - which of course I can't find now.
I have never liked the way my rings look after closing, and everyone I ask about this says to just give a little tug at the end. It never worked.
Lynn added the magic: after you close the ring, pull the thread up toward the left shoulder, if you are holding the shuttle in your right hand; then perform that small tug. It worked!
Thank you Lynn. Once again. : )