How can I make my stitches appear tighter along the core thread?
I enjoy needle tatting. My fingers struggle with a shuttle, and I'm not to the point at which that is enjoyable. I tat with a group of ladies, and some of them use a shuttle. I like the way their shuttle tatting finished products look tighter than my needle tatting projects. Their shuttle thread-size-40 projects have almost the same look as my size-80 ones. I like their teeny-tiny snug stitches!
I use the recommended size needles: 5 needle for thread 10 or 20, 7 needle for 40 & sometimes for 20, 8 needle for finer threads. I pull my rings and chains snug and knot them as I close. I realize I am making my double stitches around the needle while my shuttle friends are putting their stitches directly onto the core thread. I thought needle tatting was just "looser," and I had to accept that look. But, I've seen pictures of needle tatting on this site that simply take my breath away. They have the uniformity of the needle stitches but the snug look of the shuttle stitches. What is the strategy for that tight appearance?
I'm what I call an advanced beginner, and I believe practice might have something to do with this snug effect. If there's a way to tat better, though, I'd rather practice the tighter way than what I've been doing. Good photography may contribute, and perhaps I'm just too demanding of myself. Still, I'd like to know if there's something I should be doing differently.
Thanks for being there for my questions! I just discovered the intatters site recently, and I have been learning new things by leaps and bounds! No one else in my in-person tatting group knows more advanced needle techniques than I do, so I have been struggling to figure things out on my own and with books. I learn best with a guide. Thanks for guiding me!