Monday, March 29, 2010

Work Inspired by Tatting Shuttles

I find it interesting that different shuttles inspire me to do different types of motifs. I should probably say right here that I only have three different types of shuttles: Clover, Aero, and Pop-A-Bobbin.

For some unknown reason, the only shuttles I can find locally are the plastic Clover shuttles. I have come to love these shuttles because they're comfortable and have a fantastic tip on one end.

I have purchased several Aero shuttles and also love working with them. I like the fact that the bobbin is removable/interchangeable and, again, the Aeros have a wonderful tiny hook on the end. However, I thought they were a little too long so I asked my husband to snip off the extra plastic on the back tip of them and now they're perfect for me.

I recently splurged and purchased a Pop-A-Bobbin shuttle and absolutely fell in love in love with so it quickly that I've asked to be put on the waiting list to get another one. This shuttle is a little bit bigger and heavier than the other two shuttles I use but it didn't take any time at all to be completely comfortable with the differences. I actually really like the fact that it is a little heavier than the others. The little indentation where the bobbin plug goes makes it easier to hold onto and the shuttle doesn't slip out of my hand - an unexpected benefit.


Anyway, I almost always use the Clover shuttles when I'm trying out a new pattern or technique. I'm just very comfortable with it and it is often the first shuttle I reach for.

When I use the Aero shuttles, I usually pick projects that I will be traveling with. The hook is built into the tip of the shuttle so I don't need to carry an extra crochet hook, and I can easily carry an extra bobbin or two in case I need more thread.

What I've found with the Pop-A-Bobbins shuttles is that they are fantastic for edgings. These shuttles hold a ton of thread and, like the Energizer Bunny, I just keep going and going and going...


  1. So pleased you like your pop-A-bobbin shuttle. I think sometimes tatters need to be weaned off their favourite shuttles and find out that there are others that will work just as well.
    I love what you are tatting particularly the thread, geat colour.

  2. Thanks Sally. We do tend to get stuck in a rut sometimes and I'm so glad I tried your shuttle because it is an absolute joy to tat with. I'm anxiously waiting for my second Pop-A-Bobbin shuttle!

  3. Oh, gosh, lucky lucky you got a pop a bobbin shuttle! I want two of them! I really do! Come on over to my blog if you haven't already because I'm having a blogoversary giveaway!
    ~TattingChic ♥

  4. Thanks for becoming one of my followers. I am going to be following you, as well. I am a wannabe tatter. In other words, I had the chance to learn when I was a teen and my grandmother wanted to teach me, but "NO" I was too busy then. Now, I wanna learn!!! I'm going to get out her shuttle and see what I can do. I even have a book that shows how, but I'm not sure that will work. I'm looking for someone to show me.


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