good news folks! I'll be meeting up with Gwen from TAT this weekend...... I've decided to venture out to the local lace guild. Puget Sound Lacemakers gets together once a month and Gwen says she will help me practice on the 22nd. So, maybe there is some trick to posting the shuttle that I'll be able to unravel!
One question was asked in the comments, and yes I do reverse the process entirely when tatting on the backside.
I would love it if someone would tat a sample like I did, just to compare. I guess part of me wonders if my tension or something I do differently has an effect, or if my observations are universal. In the end I do tat for myself mostly, and I change even more of the techniques when doing my jewelry. Tatting is such a facinating art---with the invention of the internet, new techniques and concepts from around the world are at our fingertips. It does make it all the more hard for us to all agree on what is "standard" however, now that there are so many options and ideas! There is no wrong way anymore......although I did run into someone who insisted that a medallion I had designed for a necklace was done backwards. I tried to explain the whole concept of frontside/backside and all the new tatting innovations, she just looked at me and told me that the backside was supposed to be the front and it's good that I know for next time. lol!