View Full Version : On the go tatting shuttle storage
18-08-2010, 04:27 PM
I know many tatters like to use mint tins and other small boxes for there shuttles that they take with all of the time. I was wondering how do you store your current project's shuttles.
Last night after getting my hair cut, we went to walmart to pick up a few things and found ourselves over the personal care products. You know the isle that has all the travel size products? Well, our walmart also has empty travel size bottles, cases, and toothbrush holders. The little soap containers they have would be perfect for holding shuttles and other small tatting necessities!
So we got two, one for my mom and one for myself. I think a very good purchase 2 for a little under 2$. These containers also snap shut quite tight.
18-08-2010, 04:38 PM
I found one recently while preparing for a trip and have started using it. It holds almost everything quite well. Mine doesn't snap shut too securely so I stick a ponytail holder around it to keep it closed.
I still have to carry the eyeglass case for my magnifying glasses (put my good glasses in it when I'm using the mags-mags're so handy when having to untat something to fix it), but the soap container fits better in my purse than the other eyeglass case.
18-08-2010, 04:52 PM
Like the idea of using the soap box. I do use mint tins, but I have them left over from years of mints<lol>. I can see times that the soap box might actually be more useful than the mint tin. I often just drop my shuttles in my pocket, but I won't just drop them into my handbag. In my pocket, I can keep just the shutte(s) and project... handbags tend to be black holes and swallow up everything and cause tangles even if it is just paper.
18-08-2010, 05:37 PM
I have been using small cloth pouches. They squish into a purse nicely and hold the thread while you are tatting so it doesn't roll all over and unwind. Each little project has it's own little pouch.
18-08-2010, 05:48 PM
Being new to shuttle tatting, I am using a clear vinyl zipper pouch that I got as part of a Christmas Swap from one of the lady's here on InTatters. It holds my pattern, the shuttles I am using and a few other odds and ends nicely in my purse and the zipper on the pouch keeps things from falling out. This will come in handy on the flight next month.
18-08-2010, 08:09 PM
When I can't find anything else, I'll use a zip-loc bag! I also have a small pencil case I like to use for some things. Plus the usual metal boxes. i found some nifty little metal containers at Target a few years ago that are like tiny lunchboxes, complete with handle. These are prefect!
18-08-2010, 08:44 PM
I use a container I got at walmart in the travel section before I ever started tatting.... I believe it's a jewelry container, but I'm not sure. It's plastic with a hinge.. in unfolds in half & has one large compartment & 2 medium ones, then 4 small ones. And after all these years the latch is still stiff & it fits in my back jeans pocket. I should post a picture & see if anyone knows what it is. It's just big enough for 2 boye shuttles, a small pattern & project in the big pocket. I put bobbins, pins, & beads in the smaller ones. :)
18-08-2010, 09:34 PM
I bought something similar to that! I use it to hold beads and other things I need when finishing a piece. http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=bd0572&channelid= the blue and hot pink one. It's 4 inches wide, 3 inches long, and 1 inch deep (when closed). It has 4 small, 4 medium and 1 big. I got it at Michaels in the bead section.
18-08-2010, 10:36 PM
Isabel has a cute shuttle case she made on her album under 'creations' and has also posted a drawing of the dimensions. It is so cute, the shape of a shuttle, check it outhttp://www.intatters.com/album.php?albumid=523&attachmentid=6238 http://www.intatters.com/album.php?albumid=523&attachmentid=6237 http://www.intatters.com/album.php?albumid=524&attachmentid=6240
19-08-2010, 12:35 AM
vividmana!!!! that's almost it!! almost just exactly it!! as a matter of fact, i would go so far as to say that's the newer version of it!!! I'm so glad to know where to get another one!! i might actually order one, since we don't have a michael's around here!
19-08-2010, 01:21 AM
I have one like this covered in green velvet with no tatting on it that I got from Ebay(with some thread). I have been thinking of making another with plastic though maybe from a bleach bottle.
19-08-2010, 05:41 AM
I made myself a travel pouch
and I'm loving it. =).
19-08-2010, 06:39 AM
I have 2 sizes of the bag like wickedtats that I like and my namaste case, just depends on how much I need to carry.
19-08-2010, 01:14 PM
I have a bag from DS9 designs; it's in my album... But I find it's a little big for me to carry all the time - with the baby, I have too much unidentified stuff in my purse to put in anything that big. If I were going on a trip though, I suppose I'd take something like that :)
19-08-2010, 09:46 PM
I generally use those spring shut eyeglass cases for larger projects and a spring shut contact lens case (with the actual lens holders removed) to put in my purse. The lens case will hold a shuttle, two bobbins and a fingernail clippers. I have it in my purse at all times -- so I can tat in grocery store lines or any other waiting place.
20-08-2010, 01:31 AM
I have some Altoid tins & some tins that Boca Java uses for their tea samples, and I keep them in a bag that I bought from Dragonchow.com (fabric, gathered opening & stands upright). That's for everyday. For demonstrations, I have a lovely, lovely basket (with a bar to hold the thread while I'm loading my shuttle). For trips, I have what I think is a fishing tackle box and a neat little mini-tin lunchbox.
20-08-2010, 04:40 AM
I have some small unfinished wooden boxes that I got from Hobby Lobby for an absolute steal. They were only about a dollar each since they are unfinished. I'll have to see if I can get some pics sometime.
20-08-2010, 06:57 AM
I either use a snap-shut glasses box, or a combination of a bag with small magnetic shut plastic box (meant for giving away USB-sticks) for the shuttles and another one for the bobbins etc.
20-08-2010, 07:22 AM
Reading through this thread has been fascinating! I use a snack size zip lock baggie for my needle tatting - it holds the (flat) plastic case for the needles, a folding pair of scissors, needle threader (2 ended), and bobbins. I have put a namaste case in my amazon cart. Neat little case! :) I'm getting back into shuttle tatting so needed some ideas for carrying those around.
I'm a diabetic... and have to carry glucose tablets with me. I just checked the size of the container and it's PERFECT for bobbins!
21-08-2010, 02:18 AM
One of the things I like about the namaste case is that is has magnetics under the lining and my pins, tapestry needle and other very small metal items will NOT fall out :thmbup: