Year Of Projects: week 34

A week of more weaving and more tatting, though no knitting.

I have started and finished my very first tatting project – it will be a coaster, and I am planning to add more to have a set (where a set may even mean just one more).

My very first tatted project

Far from perfect, but I am pretty pleased with it!

This was finished as my shiny new wooden shuttles from popabobbin arrived – they are just exquisite, and do note the care in packing them, each coming with its own tatted butterfly!

The Pop-a-bobbin wooden shuttles – I photographs the three “stages” of their unboxing!

They are just adorable, and functional too! Generally wooden shuttles do not have a hook, and are “post” type shuttles, that is the top and bottom are joined together, so you have to finish the thread before you can move on to something else.

The pop-a-bobbin shuttles instead have a removable bobbin (the wooden thingy on the side is a “shuttle popper”), and a perfectly snug plug that will keep it in place – can’t wait to give them a tat!

Here is a closeup of each of them, as I can’t have enough!

In other news, I had a warping misadventure with a happy ending, while getting ready to start weaving in Cally Booker’s I-can’t-begin-to-tell-you-how-amazing-it-is Understand Double weave workshop – but all is looking good now, and I am ready to get weaving, so excuse me as my loom is calling me 😜.

Happy crafting!

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group, and an idea – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fibre activities, then update your blog every week if you manage. The objective is to keep track of progress on any fiber crafts with maximum flexibility: post, don’t post, follow your list, change it – so really it is just an opportunity to get to know of more blogs and activities of those who share a passion for anything fibre crafts.

Author: lovestoswatch

I used to knit as a girl, then hanged the needles for two/three decades, and now I’m back, and loving it! The photo is my version of Linda Marveng's Aki, the first proper project after "being born again". After getting back into knitting, weaving has also become my passion (with a little sewing to turn my handweaving into garments).

14 thoughts on “Year Of Projects: week 34”

  1. Your tatting looks great. I never thought of coasters but they will be great. Looks like some pretty fancy weaving coming up soon. The shuttles are beautiful. Is the variety of woods just for color or function?

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    1. thank you – and I wish I could say that different wood have different functions, but no, I “needed” the three of them as I couldn’t decide which was the prettiest! 😱😜


    1. thank you – I can’t seem to find any new metal tatting shuttles, I’ve seen some vintage ones that are very beautiful indeed…. I must stop looking to avoid ruin!😜


  2. Your first tatting project is wonderful!! I love that you’ve decided to make it a mate AND use it!
    I have an intense appreciation for beautifully packaged items. Even the most utilitarian items become treasures with a little effort. The packaging for your shuttles is amazing, and the shuttles themselves are absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. thank you Jamie – and well, I had not heard the word until I learned about the workshop – but really, the basis of it is how to make a knot, so consider it for something very medidative and super portable!

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  3. Tonight Hub was working a crossword puzzle and he asked me, “Does one use a shuttle to weave?” I replied, “Yes”, even though I have no experience with weaving. He nodded, but I noticed he didn’t write anything down. I added, “Tatting also uses a shuttle”, to which he triumphantly replied, “YES! That’s it!” as he filled in the blanks. I actually thought of you and wondered how your tatting was coming along. Your coaster is pretty. And your shuttles are just beautiful. And little tatted butterflies, too? What delightful packaging. 🙂

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    1. haha, glad to have been able to help with crosswords 😊
      I am now searching for “the” pattern, I want to plan for something of use, maybe a scarf, putting together various pieces, and I am now overwhelmed by the possibilities… but I’ll get there!


    1. indeed you are right, I did not explain! Here you see these in action on the bulding block of tatting, the double stitch (which is a lark’s head knot/cow hithc):

      This instead is a nice explanation of what tatting is (he also mentions needle tatting) – which is quite useful, as searches for tatting return a lot of information on techniques, but very litte on what tatting actually is!

      View at

      Tatting has affinity with crochet (there is also something called “crotatting”), you have been warned! 😜


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