I've been a little distracted from doing much tatting over the last week what with one thing and another. Although I have managed to setup another blog, nothing to do with any handicrafts, this time it is about Scouting with particular emphasis on the local groups in my area and what they are doing. So when it has been approved by those who sit on a certain committee it will mean that I can post more on it. Then I will have two blogs to regularly submit to, hope I don't get them mixed up!
It is just a month away from when I shall be teaching people to tat at a Craft Day, and so far quite a few people have signed up. I haven't prepared anything yet, but must think seriously about making sure I know exactly what I am doing beforehand! I have asked the one and only person I know in the village who can tat to come along and help, she is more than willing to do so, which is great. I also have noticed that people use a simple shuttle to teach with made out of cardboard or plastic. It felt right therefore to have a practice shuttle to be made out of wood so I ventured in the garage to find out what my chances were, taking with me a sample. This is the result.
It just needs a bit of sanding in the holes but otherwise is lovely to handle, the shuttle measures approximately 2 3/4" x 1/2 " (1/2" being the fattest bit in the middle) and this one is made out of zebrona (zebra wood).
I was also very fortunate to receive in the post, as a surprise, one of Jane's Tatting Tidies, it was one of her original prototypes but it is now in full use. The next batch which are in her shop are slightly taller. I do love the material it is made from, very bright and cheeful, the shuttles are in the pockets at the back. I have now got into the habit of putting small things which I have just made in it before loosing them!
Hopefully I will manage to get some tatting done this week.