Dating leaf tatting shuttles

In this site, you will find a rich selection of books and other supplies that fit the needs of all tatters, -Handy Hands specializes in needle tatting, a technique dating back to the early 1900s and possibly earlier.

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If you have any questions or need help figuring out a pattern, please contact us and we will do our best to find the answer for you.Those brown beads in the middle are size 11/0 seed beads, the ones you see most commonly sold and used. The blue ones to the right of the brown ones are size 10/0 and you'll see them quite often right alongside the size 11/0,again a size commonly sold and used.The purple/pink ones to the far right are known as micro beads at the store I bought them from. These work with the fine tatting threads in sizes 70, 80 and smaller.I like to use them as the eyes in some of my tatting though. You wouldn't really use these or bigger beads in tatting except as a single focal point in the design. There's a lot more you can learn about beads - different shapes and the kind of material they are made out of.I see Bree has already posted an excellent explanation and will be continuing it so be sure to go there and see all the different kinds of beads!