I've been referring to The Complete Book of Tatting by Rebecca Jones for years, never really reading, just browsing. Yesterday, I read some words of wisdom from Rebecca: "It is better to practise with a fairly thick thread whilst learning as this way you will be able to see what you are doing and how the stitches are formed. If you use a fine crochet cotton you will find it more difficult to do this. A knitting cotton, especially a variegated colour, is very good for those first tatting efforts (p. 39)."
Hey, wait! I have variegeted knitting cotton! I have a Lady Hoare shuttle! Maybe I can tat! I don't know how long it took me to find and wind the shuttle, but I do know that it took me 12 minutes to tat this ring. Boy, was I tired after that effort!
More knowledge gained from reading Rebecca next time...
I'm a retired elementary computer teacher/librarian, mother to four, grandmother to seven. I love lace. I love books. I love to collect. Now that I'm retired, I know I'll never be bored because I have so many interests, as well as the goodies I need to indulge my whims!