Kathy wrote a great comment about how she has been "rolling" her shuttles to rewind (or just to wind) for years! You can see what she wrote in the previous post. I tried it with standard Aeros and it works just great. I only thought of that with these new shuttles… when someone had already been doing this for years! Thanks Kathy!
That's one reason why I enjoy writing a blog - people get involved and you find out about all sorts of things, techniques, and tips. And I always like it when a good discussion gets going...
I'm about to start the last round of this doily! Yeah! I tatted the penultimate round with my prototype shuttles… mmmm… improvements still need to be made but I think it could work eventually. I find the back end a bit too long with the hook on it. I need to change the shape so that I can shorten the back but I still need to have a hook. It's difficult because I can only work with modifying what I already have. What I'd like is to be able to create the right shape from scratch… but from what material??
Here is the doily with the two rounds of split rings completed. There is a problem though… I changed the shape which is not like the original in the book. This means I don't have the same number of split rings, which means that I won't be able to make the last round symmetrical!! Oh no! I hope it will look ok but I don't know at this point in time and until I start to tat the last round.
In a moment of madness, I decided to enter our Village Fête competition which is this Sunday! Can I finish this by then? The heat is on...
Thinking ahead… I tatted this motif in size 10 thread which would be part of the design I'm thinking of making next.