How to Wind a Tatting Shuttle

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Shuttles for tatting come with either a post in the center or a removable bobbin. Here's how to get thread onto the shuttle.

Things You'll Need

  • Embroidery Scissors
  • Tatting Needles
  • Tatting Shuttles
  • Tatting Thread
  • Beeswax
  • Bobbins
  • Crochet Hooks
  • Fabric Stiffeners
  • Sewing Needles
  • Tapestry Needles
  • Threads
  • Scissors

Shuttles With Posts

  • Insert the thread through the holes in the post of the tatting shuttle.

  • Tie the thread in a square knot around the post or just hold the end of the thread in place while winding.

  • Stop before the thread reaches the blades of the shuttle.

Shuttles With Bobbins

  • Remove the bobbin from the shuttle.

  • Tie your thread around the bobbin with a square knot or hold the end of the thread while winding it around the bobbin.

  • Avoid overwinding the bobbin. No thread should extend past the sides of the bobbin.

  • Replace the bobbin inside the shuttle.

Tips & Warnings

  • You'll use both the ball thread and the shuttle to make a chain. Therefore, you won't cut the thread from the ball after winding the shuttle if you're making chain stitches.

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