Decoupaged Tatting Shuttles
Decoupaged Tatting Shuttles? Why? Well, in truth, mostly for practical reasons, believe it or not. My hands and fingers tend to be dry, and I find the plastic tatting shuttles to be too slippery. They slip and pop right out of my hand. There’s a fine balance you need to have with the grip on a tatting shuttle. You want to grip it enough so it doesn’t fly out of your hand, but loose enough the thread is able to slide between your shuttle and fingertips. The Mod Podge provides a surface tacky enough to hold on to and maneuver my shuttle, but not so tacky the thread has any drag as the shuttle slides over and under to form my stitches. Now it would seem there’s no excuse to not finish that Celtic edging I started when I got discouraged over shuttle mishaps.
The first step which is the hardest it would seem is to find some napkins with small designs I like. I went to the party store and perused every napkin in there only to leave empty handed. I went to the Creativity group, an extension of my local weaving guild, my dear friend Myra hosted and she had the perfect napkins. I obtained some from her and immediately set out to get this project done. I had actually tried to decoupage two of my shuttles once before and didn’t care for the result, so I painted over them with some acrylic craft paint, the others I left naked. First, I separated the napkin layers so I had only the top layer. Then, I carefully tore out each motif and design I wanted, a fiddly business for sure. Then I brushed a coat of Mod Podge and placed my design on the shuttle. I applied another coat and let it dry. I used a skewer and Styrofoam to hold the shuttles up to dry. Later, I put additional coats of Mod Podge on after each dried. I found that additional coats increased the shine and evened out the finish so I didn’t see brush strokes anymore.
They work well. No more losing my grip on the shuttle (well, less anyway), and they look pretty. A few things that I learned. First, use less Mod Podge, apply a thin coat and allow it to partly dry then apply the paper. Then allow it to dry completely and apply the first top coat. Next, apply additional coats as each dry. This will prevent curling, wrinkling, buckling and bubbles better. I didn’t have a hard time with any of that since I used such thin pieces of a napkin, but had it been thicker I likely would. I also found when they’re stored, if they touch, they’ll stick to one another. I’m not sure if this is because of the way I used the Mod Podge or if it’s just the nature of Mod Podge. But they work well, and I don’t have to feel or look at that plastic.
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