This was the first pattern I have ever tatted. The first time tatting, I used a shuttle. When I was reading over the steps on how to shuttle tat a ring, I somehow skipped over the part of the flip. I made the bottom ring, without flipping my stitches, and closed the ring. While studying the picture, it seemed like I should split my stitches to get the beak to turn out right. I tatted the top part, not flipping the stitches, and finger tatted the bottom of the head. Not realizing it at the time, I was making a split ring. I thought I had the rings down, so on to making the chains. Studying the instructions, that flip thing came up. I gave it a few tries and no flip.
At that time I found something on needle tatting and thought it looked easy enough to learn, then teach Mom. So I went to the local fabric store and bought a 5" doll needle. Boy was I hooked!! A couple years latter, I picked up the shuttle. Reading the instructions on making a ring, this flip thing came up. On the third try I finally got it!!
Lately, I started tatting the little birds to use up the extra thread on my shuttles. They developed into a flock of singing birds. Here are 44 song birds for the Church's Hymnals. The pattern is called "Bird on a Wire", by Sherren Morgan. All are done in Lizbeth size 20 thread.
When we started needle tatting, I made this heart to wear so our tatting tools are at our fingertips. It constists of a size 10 crochet hook, scissors, and a pick. Mine was made with glow-in-the-dark polymer clay.
Mom has tried the needle a few times. She's usually so busy, she doesn't keep with it yet. Maybe someday.