While looking for something else, I ran across these shuttles - but isn't that the way we usually find things, most of the time, anyway?
More hand-embellished shuttles from Shuttle Lab Trends. The backs are above, the fronts below - hard to decide which side I like better!
Which do you prefer - a post shuttle or a bobbin shuttle?
The first shuttle I bought, in 1968, was a bobbin shuttle - the classic "Boye" metal on the card for probably a quarter. The little balls of tatting thread were maybe fifteen cents, and the hanky blanks, hemstitched and ready for an edging, were a dime. Ah, the good old days - until you remember what the minimum wage was then. The size 80 thread seemed too tiny to do anything with, so I used size 10 crochet thread - I crocheted, so I always had a lot of that thread around - to wind the bobbin. I popped it back in the shuttle, and...now what? I had never seen anybody tat. The only "tatting" I had seen was the plastic doilies at the dime store!
I learned to tat about 20 years later - with a post shuttle, one of the red "Boye" shuttles that were readily available at Wal-Mart. I still like the red shuttles, but I've had two that popped apart! The Clovers have been among my favorite commercial post shuttles, but since Sew-Mate hit the market, the Clover shuttles have had some competition at our house.
I'm signing off for now - my work day will start pretty early!