Thursday, October 22, 2015

My tatting Bag–goes with me everywhere!

The ancillary tatting tools I keep in my tatting bag

My tatting bag

The shuttles in my tatting bag
I was on the Amtrak train 2 weeks ago heading from Omaha to Grand Junction for a long-weekend vacation when I decided to take inventory of what I had in my tatting bag. I love those little round, ‘jewelry-travel’ bags. My personal favorites are the ones without a rigid base—they squish-down better to stuff into my purse. I have this tatting bag in my purse and with me ALL THE TIME! In fact, if it accidentally gets left at home, I sort of freak out. It feels like a major part of my life is missing.

In regards to my shuttles: I use the Boye plastic fixed-center post shuttles. These are the shuttles I could find growing up in the 70’s (yikes I’m giving away my age!!) in rural NE Nebraska. Thus I got use to them: their feel in my hand, the (larger) amount of thread they hold, the usefulness of the point, etc. If you look close you can see my tatting-in-progress, a SRT snowflake of my own design. The ‘aero-type’ shuttles (the 2 colorful ones are HH Aerlits) are only in my tatting bag to be used as crochet hooks. I recently purchased the 3 HH Moonlit shuttles on the lower right. They seem to have everything I like in a shuttle: larger size (I have larger hands), same size as the Boyes; holds a decent amount of thread–probably more than my beloved Boyes; & a built-in hook—something I’ve never had before in a center-post shuttle. Pictured is also a Clover shuttle (my secondary-favorite shuttle) and a NAG (Needle Arts Goddess) handmade wood shuttle.

In regards to my Ancillary Tools (top to bottom): A paper copy of my current pattern; my reading glasses in a hard case (I’m old!); pen & mechanical pencil (to jot-down new pattern ideas & correct current patterns); Uncle Bill’s Tweezers (for the occasional opening-a-closed-ring problem); safety pins (for pinning my work in progress out of the way); scissor-snip in an enclosed case (God’s gift to my tatting!); an old perfume-sample glass vial, probably from the 60’s to house my size 24 tapestry needles that I use to sew-in ends; metal tooth-pick & sheath (my irreplaceable Split Ring Tatting tool to encourage tiny ‘joining-picots’ to be big enough to get a crochet hook into to create a join); 2 pieces of plastic (used to unwind/wind thread to create ‘continuous thread method’ between two shuttles–See previous post  for my 'how-to' use it.


  1. Please tell us more about the "split ring tatting tool" I've never come across one of those before.

  2. I love your tatting bag and have recently purchased some boyle plastic shuttles and love them. Guess it's my large hands that they seen to fit so well. :)

  3. My tatting bag isn't as pretty as yours and my tools slightly different - for one, I use a jewelry pliers instead of the tweezers - but still very similar. I always carry my tatting bag with me, including extra shuttles, and feel quite "off" if I happen to forget to pick it up before leaving the house. Does this make our tatting our 'security blanket'? It's okay if it is, our security is that if the moment presents itself we can tat anywhere! :-)