Dating tatting shuttles

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I enjoy my craft but I don't want or expect each piece to be perfect.

Using a gauge seems to be quite a popular way of working nowadays but as far as I know there's no record of it being the way our ancestors worked.

A lot of the best vintage patterns are found in women’s magazines dating from 1930’s and 40’s.

Those patterns are beautiful and although I do a lot of vintage tatting, I rewrite their patterns and write my own patterns using more modern notations, because they are just easier to read.

The "hidden riches of secret places" are my wonderful family and this fabulous craft--tatting! T & D increased its range of stocks to include books, shuttles and other accessories.With the help of an engineer friend the famous T & D shuttle winder was developed and has become a must have tool for many Tatters worldwide.It's not until I came online in the early days of the internet that I'd ever heard of picot gauges and I still to this day don't know what use they are except for the longer picots that have to be a certain length to make a pattern work.For the smaller decorative picots I'd never slow myself down by relying on those - eyes are better than gismos!!!

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