My mother has been visiting us since Sunday. Today we went shopping together – among other things for more yarn for a new Great Big Bug 🙂 Just because we had time we stopped by another little yarn store to look at fancy yarns. I have no money right now and had no plans of buying anything, but when I suddenly came across tatting shuttles, I just had to get them! There were even two kinds, and I naturally had to get both 🙂
The shuttle on the right is a pretty blue Milward with a crochet hook on the front and a removable bobbin. It came with an extra bobbin, but I’m not sure if you can buy more bobbins separately like you can with many other brands. The post sticking out the back is originally for putting the bobbin on when winding thread on it, but – as with many other Aero copies – the bobbins don’t fit on there… So it’s pretty useless and only in the way when tatting. I think I’ll try to “neuter” it, i.e. cutting off the post and filing the end smooth. Maybe I’ll even decorate the shuttle with decoupage, I’ve seen people do it and it looks really cool 🙂
The one on the left is a very plain purple shuttle by Prym. It’s just about 2 inches long, fairly narrow and very thin. And you can actually take it apart, something I don’t really see the point in, except maybe to remove thread easily when you’re done using it. It tends to make the two sides slide apart, though, and the tips aren’t very tight anymore. Plus it is difficult to wind because you have nowhere to hold I’ve seen somewhere that these are recommended for beginners, but I don’t know why. Perhaps they are good for practicing adding new threads to your work, because the post is so short you can only load it with a little thread at a time…
If I were to recommend any shuttles to a beginner, it would have to be the Clovers, of which I got five in the mail yesterday 🙂
You can get them both with and without points. They are pretty small, just a little more than two inches long. They definitely hold more thread than the Prym 🙂 The only “problem” with the Clovers is that those points are seriously pointy! I’ve almost drawn blood more than once since yesterday :p However, the points are great for joins and or unpicking stitches.
Other shuttles for beginners would in my opinion be the Sew Mates.
They are just like the Clovers, only bigger and therefore holds more thread. They also come both with and without points. Here is a picture comparing the two brands:
I’ve sort of become used to the size of the Sew Mates, but they are still a little big for my hands. Plus the tips are a little uneven (cheaper plastic, perhaps), which makes them unsuitable for picking out mistakes as it tends to frizzle the thread. However, it makes them better for joins. You could easily fix them by filing them with a nail file or something 🙂
Now I’m waiting for a few more shuttles and a couple of books in the mail, so fingers crossed that the mailman (mailwoman in this case) brings me goodies tomorrow 🙂