I thank God for Handy Hands Tatting. They are one of my favorite suppliers for all things tatting, both shuttle and needle...books, threads, and tools. Usually when a tatter who meets me at a show asks me where I get my supplies, I send them to Handy Hands. They cater specifically to tatters, which makes them very valuable and fairly rare - especially with the extensive line of supplies they offer.
DMC has been discontinuing thread colors right and left, especially in tatting thread and Cebelia, which are two of the most common threads I use in my work - they have discontinued most of the colors that are my staple colors. That's why I am so thankful Handy Hands is around - they have developed their own line of thread, Lizbeth, which comes in lots of sizes and colors, including lovely variegated shades. My favorites (so far) are a nice deep orange, a lovely silver - seen here:
...and my newest aquisition, Spring Garden. I played with it for quite a few days this week. I also did some bead weaving to match my heart pattern - little hearts made of beads!
I have read on other blogs and in forums that some people do not like Lizbeth thread, but I have not had any problems so far. I like it much better than soft threads like Caron Wildflowers and embroidery floss. I also like it better than Manuala (too stiff) probably a little better than DMC Cebelia. I still prefer DMC Cordonnet but of course you are limited to black, white, and ecru unless you find someone hand-dying it.
I also ordered a Japanese book, one of my weaknesses, I confess. I love foreign books, but I especially love the Japanese books with all their glorious photographs and wonderful diagrammed patterns. I just drool over the photographs especially - such wonderful staging! ;-) This book is called."Tatting Lace" (actually, that's the name of several of my Japanese books, I think) and it contains mainly beaded necklaces. They are a bit too beaded for my taste, I really prefer that my tatting looks more like tatting than like bead work - that's a personal preference. There are two lovely scarves which I cannot imagine myself making because they would take forever and be too monotonous - I have difficulty with repeating patterns and pieces that take more than 10 hours. But the pictures give me different ideas about displaying my work at shows so I did get something out of the purchase.
Thank you, Mr. Mailman (and Handy Hands Tatting)!