Do thread adventures belong here, alongside the yarn? I think that they must, for where else could I put them?
I have been building a resources page for tatting on the craft club’s wiki. (It’s open for all to view at the moment, if there is any interest.) It’s a work in progress that I will add to as I learn more.
I thought it appropriate to test some resources, so I set to last night and determined to teach myself tatting in advance of the group meeting on the 7th Jan.
I thought it was easy
I was going great guns after watching some YouTube videos to supplement the beginner’s tutorial that I had found. I had a row of beautifully even stitches – and a slightly uneasy feeling…
Then I tried to form a ring, and the knots just wouldn’t budge when I pulled the shuttle thread in the manner suggested.
I roped Mr L in to help. We watched YouTube videos and Googled until 1:30 this morning… and finally we determined that the uneasy feeling I had, which was based on the diagrams in my first tutorial not looking like my tatting, was well founded. My knots were wrong. It’s all about the flip – and I just hadn’t been flipping.
Now I can see what is needed, I have to practise some more. I can get the odd flip, but haven’t yet achieved consistency. What I need is a coloured thread, but I only have white (suitable) thread in the house.
Tatting verdict = Harder Than It Look
I shall try again this afternoon, once I have made my mince pies. I am not looking forward to those – I screwed up the pastry while rescuing the DIY master at work this morning. Mr L is occupied in attempts to eliminate draughts in the old part of the house. We have green squirty stuff all over the walls and the carpet. It’s OK. I’m not house-proud.