Tatting Tool Tips

  • It is possible to use your sewing machine to fill the bobbin for your shuttle (for those shuttles that use a removeable bobbin). (Tip courtesy of an anonymous tatting friend.)

  • The handiest and most envied gadget I have is a piece of a crochet hook fastened to a chain and ring. My mother and her sisters were crocheters and I fell heir to many fine steel crochet hooks. I took a #13 to my local jeweler and asked him to cut the butt end off just past the flat part and drill a hole in it. He then attached a jump ring and a length of light metal chain about twelve to fourteen inches long with a loop in the end. I then fastened that loop to a split ring key ring which fits on my thumb, on a safety pin on my shirt, or even on my watchband. I do not have to fumble for a separate crochet hook to make joins while tatting. It is always on my left hand. (Tip courtesy of Helen C.)

  • I like to keep a crochet hook handy when tatting. If my shuttle doesn't have a hook, I use it for joining. Of course, it is also extremely handy for "untatting", too! My husband took a steel crochet hook and cut the handle off leaving the flat area still attached to the hook. He then used a drill to put a hole through the flat area. I attach a jump ring to the hole and thread a chain or ribbon through the ring so I can wear it round my neck. Just be careful when you are wearing it! (Tip courtesy of Eliz.)

  • When working a pattern that has several individual pieces, I use a picture frame with the glass removed and a piece of felt in it's place. The pieces stay on the felt where you put them so they don't get lost or dirty laying around. (Tip courtesy of Carla F.)

  • I found that the Susan Bates and Clover plastic shuttles tended to wear frayed spots on small threads. I started keeping a two-sided emery board in my tatting bag (one with a rough and a smooth side). Whenever I buy a new shuttle I smooth the surfaces slightly at both ends that the thread passes against using the smoother side of the emery board. (Tip courtesy of Eliz.)

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