So, I tried the "walk away from it" theory with shuttle tatting. Yesterday, I picked up a shuttle again and, again, ended up with knots (which led a great laugh today while browsing patterns online and kept finding instructions on how to make knots... I definitely got that part down pat --now, if I could master actual stitches, that'd be great! LOL).
Today, I picked up the shuttle again and... to my great delight, I actually made a few stitches! Watching a video yesterday, I noticed the woman was putting the shuttle "under" the thread between index and ring finger. I tried that theory and, when it came to the relaxing of the middle finger, it worked much better for me. :-) After several stitches, I decided to close it into a ring and be proud. LOL. Apparently, I didn't put it enough and thought I'd messed up, so I cut it off and came back to the computer.
THEN, I tried again... and learned something about myself: I just might truly be a rock and roller through and through --moreso than I thought! LOL. How do I mean? Well, after the first few mess-ups, I finally got a few stitches done...and then realized that my left hand had completely changed position. Instead of holding the stitches between thumb and forefinger, I was holding them with thumb and middle, my index finger and pinky straight up in the air --yes, the classic devil horns position! LMAO. I don't know if it's good or bad that happened, but I found it MUCH more comfortable and my stitches were actual stitches! I think it lessened the strain on my wrist too, which is always welcomed as I don't really want to have to put my brace on and be out of commission with this for a few days.
Well, that's quite enough rambling for one post... I'm going back to my shuttle and thread! LOL. ;-)
Not quite tatting!!
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