One of my favorite little tatting books is Tatting by Myra Piper. The directions are not written the way I like, and there are no diagrams, but I find the patterns easy to follow.
This is the first pattern in the book. Myra called it a snowflake, which I have difficulty doing. The perfectionist in me is looking for 6 or 12 points, not 9! ;-)
The thread is size 20 Lizbeth, #171 Green Coral Sea. I purchased tins online, and then found them available at Hobby Lobby. I'm trying to organize my tatting life, not very successfully. I used my newest shuttle from Banyek. This one is made of birch root, and I give Fox all the credit for my newest purchase!
Shuttle purchases have been booming! I'm sure there are parents wondering why their children "need" so many shuttles, but I haven't heard any complaints yet.
I'm so pleased that the kids keep practicing and choosing motifs from the treasure tins.
Alicia has taken to blinging shuttles, and I think she does a wonderful job! What's even better, she lends her shuttles to friends who have left their shuttles at home!
I give students a floss bobbin with each shuttle. That way they can have plenty of thread to work with when they get home.
Some of the kids have asked if we can have some after-school time for tatting. I guess I'd better put in a request to use the library so that we can have some more tatting time!