Work In Progress Wednesday, the first report of 2021.
During the New Year break I focused on learning
both with a shuttle and with a needle.
Some examples of my first trial and errors....
I much prefer the needle tatting, maybe because it resembles casting on loops on a (knitting)needle, which I am already familiar with.
Shuttle tatting, however, is more stylish, the clicking sound of the shuttle is very pleasing and it is fascinating to see how each loop magically turns from the shuttle thread, to the hand thread - IF you get the tension right!
There is where shuttle tatting gives me a problem. My fingers are getting stiff (with age) and it is hard to control the tension for each loop.
With needle tatting the loops form automatically on the stiff needle and the core thread is simply pulled through the loops - straight forward, without the magic or style the shuttle gives you, unfortunately.
Well, the result looks the same, but wouldn't it be nice to 'show off' zippy shuttle work! Hm, if that is my goal, I will have to flex my fingers and keep on practicing.
Log Cabin Challenge
5 more blocks - total count is 335.
Crazy for Crazy
I started a new octagon block. This time it is oranges and milk - I hope it won't curdle!