Last night I had the pleasure of teaching my son's girlfriend how to tat. It brought back a lot of memories of when I was learning tatting from my friend Linda. Teaching a skill like this can be very difficult since there are so many nuances to it. I had to remember to slow down so she could see each part of the process. If you've ever learned to tat, you know that the "flip" is usually the toughest part to get. After so many years of routinely flipping the knot into the correct position, I struggled with not flipping it so I could show her what to do. To my amazement, she caught onto that part of it immediately. Her struggle was with moving her hands and fingers to work the thread. After a couple hours of practice, she had improved, but still hadn't found a comfortable way to hold the thread and tighten the knot easily.
While this dear girl was practicing, I finished up a couple of necklaces I was working on. They are both based on a necklace pattern in Lyn Morton's book, "Tatting Patterns." I used some gold thread that had a metallic strip and it worked up fairly quickly.
One necklace includes the flower motif as the pendant as it is done in the book. For the other necklace, I attached a Kwan Yin that was hand carved out of tigers eye (one of my favorite stones). I had purchased the Kwayn Yin from Janine616's Artisan Handcrafted Jewelry and Beading Supplies shop on Etsy during a BNR, hoping to tat a necklace to go with it. My "student" was a little intimidated when she saw how quickly I tatted one of the necklaces. Her time will come, with practice. I sent her on her way with a shuttle, tiny crochet hook, size 10 crochet thread, and tatting instructions I printed from the Internet (I love technology!). My next goal is to find some good beginner level bookmark patterns that she can try.