I learnt a bit of tatting from a teacher during one of my secondary years and I love it. I am not an expert and I am still a learner.
So I hope to pick up on my crafting skills now and then, bit here and there, just to relax and enjoy myself. I have not craft for ages so here is a simple tatting pattern I found on YouTube to start with.
It took me several attempts before I got my tension right. I used a shuttle to make this one. There is a difference in the texture between needle tatting and shuttle tatting. I will post one done with a needle later.
These are my first shuttles since I had my first tatting lesson with my teacher way back in the early 70s, so they have been with me for....let me calculate.....Goodness dear me! It's almost 40 years!
I got this one many years later at a local craft shop. The crochet hook at one end is useful when you need to bring the thread through a picot.
Then I got to know about needle tatting online and I ordered this set of 3 needles from US. They are long, about the length of 2 shuttles and they aren't as sharp as sewing needles.