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Re: Winding A Shuttle
This is a truly excellent question! It is exactly these little details that never get written down.
Well, at one time in my career, I thought that there was ONLY ONE WAY. That is not true. Tatting is not made by the shuttle, tatting is made with the hands. And the ergonomics of your hand dictate the most comfortable and productive position to hold the shuttle. It's Tatter's Choice.
There is a slight error in your descriptions of the possible place the tail can exit.
When you find the position the you like best for holding your shuttle with any sort of a pick, you can wind the thread clockwise or counter clockwise and this distinction matters because the pick can only be in one position at a time and determines where you start.
If you don't have a pick on your shuttle or if you use a bobbin, wind it any which way and simply flip the shuttle or the bobbin over until you get the thread to exit where you want it to.
Back to the pick position. When you hold you pick shuttle in the position you prefer, to get all the options of exit points, you have to determine whether to wind it clockwise or counter clockwise.
If you want the thread to exit at the top and on the right
Or If you want the thread to exit at the bottom on the left
Wind Counter Clockwise
If you want the thread to exit at the top and on the left
Or If you want the thread to exit at the bottom on the right
Now comes the winding part
It is very nice to wind your shuttle so that you don't add twist to the thread. The method is called walking the shuttle.
Attach your thread to the shuttle and wind it clockwise of counterclockwise as determined above until the thread does not slip on the shuttle post.
Hold the shuttle between your thumb and forefinger in the hand you normally use to hold the shuttle.
To wind clockwise leave the shuttle in this position. To wind counterclockwise, turn the shuttle over leaving the pick pointing away from your hand.
To wind counter clockwise, leave the shuttle in this position. To wind clockwise, turn the shuttle over leaving the pick pointing away from your hand.
Hold the thread from the ball in your opposite hand in a position that you can put a little tension on it to control the flow the thread.
With the shuttle in the proper position determined above:
In the hand with the shuttle reach your middle finger and push the tip of the shuttle down, seeing to it that the thread is winding on onto the shuttle smoothly. The opposite end of the shuttle should be in place where the first end of the shuttle was. Use your middle finger to keep pushing each end of the shuttle down until the shuttle is full.