It was an interesting discussion on finishing ends in the previous post - thank you for all your contributions. After all I said, on these last motifs, I used Jeanie's Magic Loops about which I had been meaning to make a blogpost for some time. She kindly sent me some to try a while ago and I had it on my "to-do" list to talk about them… sometimes my "to-do" list gets a bit long and it can take a while until I can tick all the items off it! I had problems with magic loops the last few times I used them and then I realised I was not following the directions properly which I re-read and then followed. I must say that, done correctly, Jeanie's Magic Loops work very well!
They look just like little bits of thread hanging there on the card (which is a usable flat shuttle) but they are made of very fine yet very strong material and once inserted, can be folded out of the way due to the nature of the thread. This means they don't get in the way of tatting as you carry on with your work. They also come in different colours so you can choose one that contrasts with the tatting thread you are using. Jeanie welcomes enquiries and she can be reached via her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The loops come with very thorough instructions on how to use them and even with a money-back guarantee if you don't like them!
I'm going to keep using them on the piece I'm currently working on and report back again later. So far, after doing the four diamonds, I'm really happy with them.