Ok, yes, I admit it, I am addicted to tatting shuttles! But to go even further, I am Boye Crazy!
I simply adore the "old" plastic post Boye shuttles. (The ones made in CHICAGO - not CHINA.) I learned to tat using a red plastic CHICAGO Boye and I have some (many) that I have been grabbing every chance I get. I have some of the CHINA made ones, but they are cheap, cheap, cheap! Thicker shuttles but made of much thinner plastic. They are so badly made I hate that they are using the name "Boye"! It's rather disgraceful to have such shoddy workmanship using the name of such a beautiful piece of tatting equipment. As I type this - I have 11 new CHICAGO shuttles winging their way to me! I am super excited!
While moaning and groaning about the "other" Boyes - I have found the Moonlit shuttles from Handy Hands! Now, I have to confess these are really nice! I am using them more and more - and plan on buying a few extra. After all, one can never have enough shuttles, right?! My husband doesn't understand that - he thinks one or two is all a gal needs! (Really!) Recently I found a new friend on Facebook that has told me she has over 600! I am in true awe of her - and truly want to know just how she managed to collect that many - and how did she convince her husband!!?!
I am almost as addicted to thread as I am shuttles. One of the problems is I live in an area where Size 10 crochet is just about all you can find - unless you want sewing thread or yarn. So, I have mainly worked with Size 10. I hesitate to purchase much smaller thread because I am a tight tatter and have been known to snap Size 30 - so I really shy away from using sewing thread or embroidery thread. I've been craving some Lizbeth thread from Handy Hands - but every time I go to their site to buy some, I get distracted by shuttles!
Oh, the choices we must make to ply our craft! Thread/Shuttle Shuttle/Thread.... I reason with myself that I can always use Size 10 thread - but finding tatting shuttles on the shelves of nearby stores is almost unheard of! Sure, we have a few stores within a 50 mile radius that carry Clover shuttles, but while I like them, they are mainly only used to work up a quick bracelet or small motif - and very rarely at that! Now I did break down and purchase a set of the Large Clovers - and I like them a bit better than the small ones; mainly because they hold much more thread and feel more comfortable in my hands than the smaller ones. Of course, I've neutered one of the picks after I stabbed myself under the fingernail!
I'd much rather be tatting than sitting at work - or anywhere else! When I'm at work, I plan what to tat. Every thing I see I lay out a tatting design in my head! Oh! There's a lamp across the room that has this little design and I can just about see it tatted up! And the chair back would make an awesome pendant for a necklace - or even a Christmas ornament!
Well, off to write up the design (maybe) before it leaves my head!