I wanted to crochet a bookmark and kept getting frustrated by the fact that I kept finding tatting patterns and didn't even know what tatting was. One evening a couple of weeks ago I decided to learn and rushed out to my LYS in the hopes that they could help with shuttles and/or needles. They had a shuttle, yay! They had some thread too which I wasn't overly happy with as it didn't seem to have much of a twist which I'd read online was helpful with tatting, still I gave it a go.
A week later and my home looked like a place where thread comes to die but since the man in the LYS had said that his wife tried and failed at the craft I was pleased as punch that I'd got my stitches to flip.
I have since found an online supplier (Roseground) who I'm impressed with. They could probably have more products/patterns online but they have a selection good enough to suit my current needs and they have lightning fast delivery. One day last week I placed an order at lunch time and it was with me the next morning.
Anyhoo... I've decided to sign up to the 25 Motif Challenge as a way of encouraging my limited tatting skills and this is my first real effort at making something, even if it's tiny. And no it isn't technically finished as you can see from the open end however that's due to lack of the right sized needle.