Working With The Shuttle
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Click on images to get a larger view Up until now you have been working with two separate threads with out a tool other than your fingers. What you have been doing is what some call "finger tatting". Basically tatting using just your fingers. Now you are ready to make the double stitches using a shuttle. There is no difference in the tatting other than you have the core thread attached to a shuttle. But how you manipulate the thread with the shuttle can have an effect on your progress. There are many methods to work a double stitch with a shuttle and it all is personal preference. There are six or more methods to manipulate the shuttle to make the double stitch. But I will only instruct how to use the modern/traditional method. You can weave the shuttle in and around the working thread as you have done when finger tatting. This is commonly known as the "sewing method". The modern or traditional method is where you wrap the shuttle thread around the hand(right) counter clockwise direction, starting at the little finger and over the others so that the hand is to the right of the shuttle thread. See illustration below.

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The reason you want the thread wrapped in a counter clockwise direction around your hand is that the shuttle will be in the correct position when you go under the working thread for the first half of the double stitch and it will automatically go through the loop for the half hitch. To further explain this, wrap the shuttle thread around the hand and move the shuttle foward to your other hand holding the working thread. Pass the shuttle UNDER the working thread so it slides between your fingers and shuttle loosely. Reverse the motion and back the shuttle away from the working thread, passing the shuttle OVER the working thread and through the loop that is formed. This motion of the shuttle is for working the first half of the double stitch. To continue the work of making the half hitch is explained in the section of making the double stitch. Illustrations below show how to work the first half of the double stitch using the shuttle.

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To work the second half of the double stitch using the shuttle is the reverse order of the first half. Instead of wrapping the thread around the hand, you simply just pass the shuttle OVER the working thread, slipping it between your fingers and shuttle loosely. Reverse the motion and back the shuttle away from the working thread, passing the shuttle under the working thread and through the loop that is formed. Illustrations below show how to work the second half of the double stitch using the shuttle.

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