The first time I learned about tatting was reading a Bead & Button magazine that featured this lavendar (my favorite color) with crystal necklace which I fell in love with. I learned to needle tat with Barbara Foster's booklet.
I did a little research and found out that you can make even more beautiful tatting with a shuttle so I bought a book by Rebecca Jones. I spent hours trying to figure out how to shuttle tat and was completely frustrated. My boyfriend who was laying next to me leaned over and smuggly said, "Want me to show you how?" I gave him a dirty look and thought there is no way he could do this if I can't even figure it out!
Feeling so defeated after spending hours trying to do it, I handed it over to him and said, "Okay, but I don't think that you can do it (I almost wished he wouldn't figure it out)." Within a few minutes ... TADDAHHH!!! He managed to make his first double stitch using one of the 5 ways shown in the book. I asked him which one he chose and he said that he looked for the one with only 2 pictures and he did it!
Okay, at this point I wanted to slap that huge smile he had on his face, but thanks to him he helped me get on my way to shuttle tatting.
Since then everytime I struggle with something (crafting or anything I'm getting frustrated in figuring out) he leans over and with that smuggly look on his face and asks me, "Want me to teach you how to do it?" I slap him and tell him leave me alone! LOL j/k ... I tell him sure (but in my mind I'm slapping him to death LOL).