I've just been 'blog hopping', and came across Eliz's blog here. (see her 6th October post).... Left handed or Right handed tatting.... Hmmm..... Well, thought I'd let you all know:.... As a left handed tatter and teacher of tatting I found this really interesting. I naturally tat with the shuttle in my left hand and the thread in my right! There have been comments about beads etc... once again it really doesn't make any difference to the finished article whether the tatter is left or right handed! People who follow my blog would not realise I'm a 'leftie' simply because I don't tell them! When I'm teaching a right handed person the 'flip', chain and ring I hold the thread in my left and the shuttle in my right. That does not come naturally, so I have to concentrate and so do it VERY slowly, which is great for teaching anyway!! For a left hander I do what comes naturally anyway!
If you think about it.... when you see a knitted article, can you really tell from the finished thing what method of knitting the knitter used? Did she have the yarn in her left hand or her right? No!! Crochet... you can tell but only by looking VERY carefully at the top of the stitches! Does it make a difference to the finished article? Does it look 'wrong'? No!! Why should tatting be any different???
So tatters, we all know the basics... why not 'practice' working the 'other way round'? Yes, we will be all fingers and thumbs at first, it is good for us!! First of all it slows us down, AND reminds us of what it was like to learn that flip!! Anyone joining in with this??? AND I don't want any comments about it's the left hand that does all the work either from any of you 'righties'... ROFL Or any comments like Sir comes out with about left handers being 'sinister, cack handed, or any other...' Remember... we are the ones in our right minds!! VBG
So come on guys n gals, let's see everyone practicing the 'other way round'!!