I think many tatters first started with this butterfly pattern. =) It's made out of only rings and picots, and therefor very easy to do! Perfect for my workshop, so I started making some examples. I used Tatted Treasures' pattern (click here and scroll down). I can really recommend Tatted Treasures to beginners! On this blog there are many video tutorials of all the tatting basics!
For this homemade shuttle I searched my house for a cardboard box with a pretty print. (cornflakes on your shuttle is not really what you want, right?) But I couldn't find anything... For a moment I was tempted to cut up the cover of a book, but then decided I might regret that later. ;) At last, I found some pretty and sturdy stationary paper in the back of my closet.
To make sure the print would be in the middle (it was at the border of the paper), I had to make the shuttle a little slimmer. And, since the paper was thinner (I guess about 200 gr/m2) than the cardboard of the cornflakes box, I also made it a little higher. I am really surprised at how sturdy this shuttle is for such 'thin' paper! And actually, I also think this little shuttles works even better! =)
De tutorial voor het maken van je eigen spoeltje vind je hier: DIY frivolité spoeltje
You can find the tutorial on how to make your own shuttle here: DIY tatting shuttle