Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Emptying Shuttles

I spent a couple of hours in a waiting room today and then had a couple more to myself this afternoon. Since I had a small bag full of shuttles with leftover thread, I decided to do some small projects to empty shuttles today. You may recognize the heart balloon as a suggestion from Gina. (Hers looked better.) The flowers next to the balloon and the little bug in the middle were just doodles-of-the-moment. The flake and the teddy bears are from MINITATS by Patti Duff, patterns #3 and #67 respectively. I did drop the second shuttle ring from the center of the flake and wove long picots together instead. The top butterfly in the variegated browns is a salvage job. What can I do with this since I obviously don't have enough thread to make this bear's head? Make him headless and add antennae! The crown-looking piece at the top right was going to be pattern #40, but I saw pretty quickly that I didn't have enough thread for a snowflake. I emptied FIVE shuttles today!

One of my favorite things about tatting in public is the opportunity it provides for getting to know other people who are curious about what I'm doing or who recognize it. One of the people I met in the waiting room today has a relative who tats. I shared my contact information and my blog address. It would be wonderful to get to spend some time face-to-face with another tatter. Another has had a little instruction in the past, but has been unable to find a shuttle of her own. Unfortunately, you can't just pick one up locally. I told her about the closest places to buy shuttles and about all of you and the wonderful resources online.

Add all of this to the fact that my Dad is doing very well and you've got a very pleasant day!


BSOTF said...

I like your doodles & patterns you used to empty your shuttles today. Plus it's is fun to meet others who know, wonder what tatting is & you was able to prove how easy it is to make something out of just a little thread to encourage them as well. Plus helping someone who wants to get their own shuttle & get going into it is nice to do too. Sounds to me like your waiting time at the doctor's office was well spent in many ways. Good to hear that your dad is doing good!

God's Kid said...

I love all the emptied shuttle results! :D
And I am very glad that you have had a good day! :)

TypsTatting said...

Your doodles are great I really need to empty some shuttles or get more! Glad to hear that your Dad is doing well!

shannon_in_love said...

yeah i want the patti duff mini tats...where did you get yours? looks like fun...;)

Eliz (tatknot) said...

Thanks, everyone. When I can't decide what else to do, I enjoy using little projects to empty my shuttles. I've had Patti Duff's book for years. I honestly can't remember which online source I bought it from. Tat's All has it and may very well be the source I used. I found it listed at http://www.tatsall.ca/booksDH.htm