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  • Contents
  • About the Author
  • Introduction
  • Materials
  • Holding the Thread and Shuttle
  • The Double Stitch
  • The Flip
  • Rings and Chains
  • Picots
  • Joins
  • Hiding Ends
  • Reading Patterns
  • One Ring Flowers and Butterflies
  • Single Shuttle Flowers
  • Simple Ring Edging
  • Ring and Chain Motif
  • challenge Motif
  • Picot Gauge

Title: Knots in Thread: simple instructions for the beginning shuttle tatter
Author/Designer: Sparrow Kelley
Format/Publication Date: TPB:2011
Publisher: Self, Charleston, SC
Page Count: 24
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
ISBN: 9781456585426

SUMMARY- Her illustrations are really marvelous - done in color so that it is easy to differentiate the core thread from the ball thread. I wish she'd broken down the making of each half stitch further than a single illustration for each. She shows how the flip happens extremely well, but is too brief in her descriptions of what your hands are doing - and doesn't state explicitly that the pinch is always where you are adding your stitches to. Her illustrations don't show this because of the details she is trying to demonstrate for forming picots. The beginner will have a lot of trouble controlling their work if no one points this out to them! Her practice patterns are great. Her instructions for them are well broken down and she uses symbol notation. No diagrams, but the photos are so sharp you can count the stitches and joins. I was impressed with the work and thought she put into her instructions and illustrations.

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