Well, this is my absolute Very First piece of Shuttle Tatting!
Got the Ring and Chain figured out, so now it is time to actually MAKE something, as I never could understand the practice of practicing without actually making something. This is the Tatted Christmas Tree from BeStitched. I chose this pattern because I got to practice several things. I got to practice my Rings, Bare Threads and my Chains. I also got to practice the Magic Thread Trick for hiding ends. Very cool trick, let me tell you!
The only problem I am having with the Shuttle Tatting is that I am double jointed and my fingers lock up at the worst moments. One of those "moments" being when I am trying to hold the thread snug when I make picots, so I decided to make myself a Tatting Chatelaine, also thanks to xstitchntat from InTatters for the wonderful idea in the first place! I went to a second hand store and bought a crochet hook (the only one they had...a size 8) and had my brother cut the hook off just as it starts flaring into the handle. I then took a very small lenght of thin dowel and drilled a small hole in it and put Super Glue in the hole, then the hook. Let it dry an hour or so and Voila! Mini Hook! I drilled a hole in the end so I can hang in on my Chatelaine. The picot guages I made from the plastic from an empty gum box. You've all seen my Striver before. ;-)
I tatted a cord for my Chatelaine that is about 26" long and it works a DREAM! I am working on a bookmark right now and not having any problems at all with my fingers locking and I'm lovin' it!