So I'll tell you! LOL! I used size 20 Flora variegated for the green and size 20 Lizbeth Mocha for the brown. I wound the green shuttle full and the brown one about 3/4ths full. I know...that's not real helpful because it varies according to what kind of shuttle you use. I use my trusty Clovers almost always when I'm doing serious tatting and I think they hold close to 10 yards of size 20 when completely full. The green was not quite that full and I suspect the brown was more like 7 yards, maybe 8. Anyway, I ran out of green and needed about 2 yards more. The brown barely made it to the end of the body in the first round and then I had to wind more brown to finish the underside.
I also wound my green on the shuttle with the shuttle winder shown here. It's great to use when you have to fill the shuttle or need to unwind one. Yes, it works both ways! I just wish it was motorized and for the cost, it should have been. I think it winds a bit looser than when I wind by hand so it may have loaded a little less on the shuttle than if I had manually wound it. I don't use it enough to know how to control the winding tension with any precision.
It took me 3 1/2 hours to tat the alligator. Yes, I timed it. I don't always do that but when someone asks about selling tatting, I check the time it takes to make it. It would not be feasible to sell this bookmark for profit, IMO, but it makes a wonderful gift for the right person, and in this case, an exchange of goods. I'm a fairly fast tatter too so I don't think the time is too long. I made ONE change in the pattern. I added an amber glass bead in the eye ring. The thread behaved so nicely that I would not have had to block it except for the head. The long chains needed some coaxing and even after I scanned this, I reshaped the top chain on the snout so that it's more realistic.
I would recommend this book to anyone - for a fun whimsical tat and for beginners.
Do you know what this is?
It's the paper from my blocking board. I showed how I change the paper on my blocking board in this post. At that point, I switched from waxed paper to parchment paper which lasts much longer. (It seems it's been TWO years!) If you enlarge the scan, you can see the zillions of holes! I changed out the small board a few weeks ago but haven't done the big board yet. I had to buy more paper. I use it for cooking more.
I like a blocking board better than ironing although I do press from time to time, especially if I'm using spray starch to stiffen something. The problem with pressing is that it flattens the stitches. That probably only matters if you are in a competition or exhibit, but it's good to keep in mind. When I use a bookmark, the same thing happens from the weight of the book.
Our county fair is not until the 3rd week in July but I have to send in the registration before that so I'll probably take some time out in the next week or so to get together what I want to enter and possibly make something new. I still have my 2 big projects I'm working on as well so whether I post or not, I'm around!