I am encouraged by the posts written by Agasunset and bought a tatting needle. I decided to learn this technique. Apparently tatting needle is much faster to do, which is the undoubted advantage. But at this stage I'm doing a lot faster tatting lace by shuttle. Now I would like to write about the differences that I see at first glance between the two techniques. Yesterday I did two flowers, the same pattern, same thread, the first made with a needle, a second with a shuttle. As you can see on the picture below the size of the two flowers are similar. The difference manifests itself in the thickness of the individual chains or rings. Next difference, which strikes the eye, is the distribution of colours on a multi-coloured, variegated thread. In needle tatting there is a continuity of colour both in rings and chains. In the shuttle type of tatting is a lack of this continuity. You can see very clearly the difference between colour of rings and chains. I must admit that generally I like more the final result in shuttle tatting, but the distribution of colour is far nicer if you are using a tatting needle. I used a sample of Lizbeth 40 (which was a pleasant surprise that I got along with purchased needles) and tatting needle size 7.