mother's day project: pink tatted heart

As some of you know, I took up tatting at the beginning of 2012.  It's been a little... slow-going, we'll say.  It's not that the technique is particularly difficult, but - it's not easy.

The type of tatting I enjoy is needle tatting.  I hated the shuttle - hated hated hated.  I can't use any other word to describe it.  Needle tatting is easier and more practical to me - I can see how the stitches are forming, they're all the same size, etc.

So far this year, I've made everything from small flowers and butterflies to tiny snowflakes.  Nothing too extreme since I'm still intimidated by it.  But for Mother's Day, I decided to try my hand at something more difficult.  That's when I stumbled across this adorable 34 Hearts Tatting pattern online.

This was the result:

Of course, I had already given my mother hers on Sunday, so like a sane person, I just made another one to show you.

Those loops are supposed to be little hearts - like I said, I'm still not very good.

I'm not sure if I have any fellow tatters reading my blog, but if I do, I need some help.  My threader thingy keeps breaking and driving me crazy.  I've annihilated three in the past week and I think it's because I chose a really thick thread (as if I had options in-store vs. online).  Any advice would be excellent.

Anyway, I hope my mom enjoyed it and that she can use it someday.  Happy Mother's Day to my mom and #1 fan :D

Me and mom on Mother's Day 2012!