Okay, I admit it's kind of weird. We visited the new location of Tandy Leather Factory in Orem over the weekend and I picked up a bunch of 2 yard strands of 2 mm round leather laces. Before I knew it, I was trying to tat with the leather.
I didn't load it onto a shuttle (I don't have one that large!). I just used the card it was wrapped on as a makeshift shuttle. There's a certain stretchiness to the leather cord that makes the experience interesting.
The picots stay overly round and it's difficult to slide the stitches very close together. Still, I like the funky/chunky look of this flower. I stacked two layers that had four petals each and then mounted it on a hair clip. The brick color looks pretty nice when clipped on my black leather purse.
Some of you probably don't like the look - it certainly doesn't look like lace. I found it was a great teaching tool at this weekend's Wasatch Front Farmers Market since you could clearly see the stitches. When you compare this to a bracelet tatted in size 80 thread, people are really impressed with not only the beauty of tatting, but the work involved.