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How to Wind a Tatting Shuttle

Things You'll Need:

  • Embroidery Scissors
  • Tatting Needles
  • Tatting Shuttles
  • Tatting Thread
  • Beeswax
  • Bobbins
  • Crochet Hooks
  • Fabric Stiffeners
  • Sewing Needles
  • Tapestry Needles
  • Threads
  • Scissors

How to Wind a Tatting Shuttle. Shuttles for tatting come with either a post in the center or a removable bobbin. Here's how to get thread onto the shuttle.

Shuttles With Posts

Insert the thread through the holes in the post of the tatting shuttle.

Tie the thread in a square knot around the post or just hold the end of the thread in place while winding.

Stop before the thread reaches the blades of the shuttle.

Shuttles With Bobbins

Remove the bobbin from the shuttle.

Tie your thread around the bobbin with a square knot or hold the end of the thread while winding it around the bobbin.

Avoid overwinding the bobbin. No thread should extend past the sides of the bobbin.

Replace the bobbin inside the shuttle.


  • You'll use both the ball thread and the shuttle to make a chain. Therefore, you won't cut the thread from the ball after winding the shuttle if you're making chain stitches.
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