For the past few weeks, tatting hasn’t been as much fun as it used to be. I attributed it to burning myself out by rushing to get my tatted Christmas gifts done on time.
But for some reason it felt like I was fighting the tatting instead flowing with it. I just wasn’t enjoying it very much anymore.
Then last evening I decided to pick up my neglected little Clover shuttles just because they looked so cute. I started doing the tatted Briar Fragments from Mary Konoir’s Visual Patterns.
The old magic was back! The tatting flowed with the soothing rhythm I remembered. And it was FUN!
I had switched to Aero shuttles back in November because they seemed so practical. They have removable bobbins, so I wouldn’t have to tie up a shuttle with unused thread from a previous project. I could just wind a bobbin with the new color, pop it into the Aero and go. Or I could pop in any bobbin that already had thread on it and start tatting. The little hook was perfect for tight joins that I couldn’t do with the Clover’s pick.
So even though my hands felt awkward working with the Aeros, I stuck with them because they just made so much sense. But their length was a continual irritation.
I ended up cutting the bobbin winders off two of the Aeros to make them shorter. They worked a LOT better that way. Comfortable tatting. But still no magic.
So last night, as soon as I realized how perfect the Clovers are for my style of tatting, I ordered two more packs of 5.
I still have to keep an Aero handy when I use the Clovers so I can use the hook in tiny joining picots. But considering the joy I feel working with the Clovers, it’s worth having to keep an extra tool in reach when I use them!