A Needle Tatter tries a Shuttle
by, 01-07-2010 at 02:36 AM (995 Views)
Last night, I did it. I opened up that old box that was handed down to me and took out the metal shuttle. After reading all those descriptions, I fearlessly wound the thread around my left hand and swoop up, flip, first half stitch, dive, flip, second half stitch. Then I got out my magnifying glass to see if it really was a double stitch. Yes Ok, now for a second one....as...er..emmm what did I do? I froze. Time to go get the books and look it up. Now most of those instruction books describe a shuttle different from the one I'm looking at.
It says, in almost worn smooth etched letters "Detach-A-Spool". The bobbin spins! The two ends of the shuttle are welded closed. I haven't pried the spool out yet, but the sides of the shuttle seem to flex enough that it should pop out. But, I digress.l..
The tiny thread -- 60? 80? very small. With my eyesight I can't count on being able to count stitches after I make them without a magnifier.
My finger positions are all wrong for building speed, but right now I look at the stitches with soome satisfaction.
Complaint: Why doesn't anyone bother to explain that the stitches are made with the end of the thread. As its used up, the ring of thread around your hand gets smaller; if you don't do the flip right on every half stitch you won't be able to pull the shuttle thread through the stitches and increase the ring around your hand again.
Well, I tried some picots. Had a bit of trouble holding that, but I did get a couple of tiny picots. And then I missed a flip. Egads,... what to do. Ignore it and start over. Haven't done even twenty DS yet, but now I can practice on the plane going back to Wisconsin. I want to try and find another shuttle. I won't have much choice since this was a last minute decision. Way cool, can't wait to show my sister