Here is what I accomplished after trying to needle tat the other night!I forget who originally termed the scraps of tatting 'shrapnel' but this clearly is what it should be called. First I started with size 20 thread and too small of a needle so the ends of the thread got all shredded. I went up a needle size which helped. Then I started tatting with the thread that was attached to the needle and not the ball thread. So I started over again and third time's charm!! The little bit of a motif at the bottom is what I accomplished after quite a few attempts.
Getting better! This is try #2, Kira's Star. It was going swell until I ran out of thread that was attached to my needle. So this week I'll try adding more thread.
I'm using Barbara Foster's Learn Needle Tatting Step-by-Step. She has great written instructions and pictures in this book. More to come! Have a great week everyone!