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Information on Shuttles


- I would really like more on this.


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I just wanted to mention a "Christmas present" that came my way while I was hanging out at my grandparent's house. :) My mom and her sister were cleaning up a room in my grandparent's basement so my g'pa can put his computer down there (it's taking up some of grandma's room in the library). Anyhow, they came up with a really old envelope that had "tatting patterns" written on it in pencil. Turned out not to be written patterns, but actual lace! I knew that my great-grandmother had been a tatter (she died before I learned how to tat efficiently), but here was some of her work! Also got 3 more of her tatting shuttles. I had an old black plastic one that we think belonged to her, but now I have a red 'n white plastic shuttle (The blades are sprung, tho. Any ideas on how to fix?), an old Boye metal shuttle, and an ivory one! Happiness...

Kathy Cook in Manhattan, Kansas
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Almost forgot - for identifying whether those (laying?) tools are bone/ivory or plastic/celuloid, I've never heard of using a hot needle, but probably because if you did and it was a plastic tool you might melt it. That's the smell you should be checking for - the smell of burning plastic. I've heard that if you just rub the suspect item really fast with a cloth, the heat and friction will cause the same burning plastic smell. A friend (antique dealer) suggested that to tell if old plastic(Bakelite) jewelry was authentic.

Let me know if this works.

Sue in Roseville


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