Birthday Gift

You can be sure your children know you well, when they give you a gift certificate to your favorite hobby supplier without having to ask which one it is!  One of my DILs found Handy Hands on the web when searching for tatting supplies for me.  I knew it wouldn’t take long for me to spend up the gift’s amount.  Here’s what I chose:

Tatting book, bobbins, Starlit, Aerlit and Moonlit Shuttles

Tatting book, bobbins, Starlit, Aerlit and Moonlit Shuttles

 

I have enjoyed the Aerlit shuttles ever since they were introduced.  My first  such shuttles were a Pony Shuttle and an Aero Shuttle given to me by my other DIl’s grandmother – the only other living tatter in the family.  But so far, I have never had enough bobbins.  Spares make it so easy to wind enough thread for the entire project, so that I don’t have to stop and wind more.  But Aerlits aren’t really much good for beading if you are using a lot of beads.

The Starlit shuttles are actually ideal for working on patterns by Nina Libin.  My hands are smaller and the Tatsy shuttles are just too large and awkward for me to use.  The Starlit shuttles are smaller versions of the Tatsy shuttles in many ways, and I really like the ones without the pic.  I thought the pic was pretty useless anyway because in spite of its point, that point was too large to be of any real use.  I just finished the necklace begun in Shawna Wachs’s class at Tat Days last September and it was the Starlit shuttles that were the best for holding the cord as well as the blue-gazillian beads called for.

The real surprize has been the Moonlit shuttle.  Somewhat smaller than the Starlit, it can still hold a quantity of beads.  The post in the center is not as large as the post in the Sunlit shuttle and the pic is the same crochet hook as the Aerlit has.  The Moonlit holds more thread than the Airlit does so is ideal for larger projects when you want to minimize the number of splices required.  When we were in Toccoa for Tat Days this year, I bought a Moonlit shuttle and used it for Shawna Wachs’ Necklace class.  In this pattern, there was more thread and beads on one shuttle than there was on the other, so I used the Moonlit shuttle on the “short” side of the supply.  I was really happy with the way it held the thread and beads.

I suppose I am headed for more beading projects.  As you can see, I got a copy o f Rosemary Peel’s “Tatting with Beads II” also.  Copies of such books as Lyn Morton’s “Tatted Jewellry”, Marilee Rockley’s jewelry patterns, Nina Libin’s Benile lace booklets and other random patterns already grace my library.  It would seem I am poised to move ahead!

Happy Tatting, all!

Earrings using the Beanile method

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giddy Earrings Pattern from 871137 Tatted Jewelry by Marilee Rockley used by permission, Copyright 2011,  published by Annie's, 306 E. Parr Rd., Berne, IN 46711.

Giddy Earrings Pattern from 871137 Tatted Jewelry by Marilee Rockley used by permission, Copyright 2011, published by Annie’s, 306 E. Parr Rd., Berne, IN 46711.

Created from Size 30 Flora and embellished with white seed beads and white drop beads

Created from Size 30 Flora and embellished with white seed beads and white drop beads


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