Shuttles and the feel of them are more
of a personal preference and you may
want to purchase a couple of kinds to
help you decide.
This is only a small sample of what is available.
You can find many online sources to get the type
of shuttle you want:
GR8 Shuttle Bros.
David Reed Smith
SpiritWind Shuttles and Pens
BoBrian's Bobbins & Shuttles
Roseground Tatting & Lacemaking Supplies
Lace Bobbins and Shuttles by Chris Parsons
The Shuttle Shop
Types of Shuttles typically found in your
favorite hobby/needlework shop:
Metal shuttles with a hook at the end. The hook makes|
it convenient for joining picots and picking out mistakes.
It has a removeable bobbin for easy loading of thread.
place the bobbin on the nubbed end for easy winding.
OR place on your sewing machine as you would when filling
Plastic post shuttles. These are light weight and the post
has a hole to tie the thread on when winding and the two
ends are open for the thread to pass thru when tatting.
After tying thread on, grip the shuttle on its side when winding.
It has a pick at the end for joining.
Plastic shuttle with attached hook and removable bobbin.
It works similar to the metal shuttle above, but the hook
is nicer and the nubbed end is made so the bobbin can slide
onto it for when you wind thread.
Threads are more of a personal preference too. But I would suggest if just learning that you
choose a large size thread so you can see the stitches easily. Cotton threads are widely
available and a good place to start. Below you can see the effects of what different sizes of
threads do to the tatting elements. The rings have the same amount of stitches(3ds, p, 3ds, p, 3ds, p, 3ds). (Picture to come soon!)
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed on these pages are solely of the author
and are not to be taken as gospel. There are several ways to accomplish
each step of the processes and it is up to your discretion to find what best
suits your situation.