I met Rita Richmond, owner of Shuttle By Design at Tat Days this year. When I had some free time, I headed to her booth to see what she had. She makes the most awesome shuttles! They’re light and smooth, and they hold a ton of thread. They’re absolutely perfect for designs with beads. Just look how much room there is on it. You can fit a whole lot of beads on there.
And best of all, she had a book of designs I could order from.
I’m a sucker for anything “cat”, and when I saw this design, I just had to have it. Her original design had a gray and a brown one, I think. I have a black and a gray cat, so I asked if it were possible to change colors. She wasn’t sure just then how it would be done, so I told her not to worry about changing it. I loved it just the way it was, too.
What I didn’t realize is that Bruce went over later and asked her to go ahead and change the colors of the cats. So I was surprised when I got an email from Rita with a photograph of the shuttle (she likes to get your final approval before she ships it). There were my black and gray cats!
Needless to say, I approved the design, and it arrived today. I LOVE THIS SHUTTLE! It feels delicious.
Please check out her awesome stuff. It’s all hand-painted by Rita, and she even makes the shuttles herself, too. I think I may go back and get a plastic one for when I’m tatting with beads. I’m pretty rough on my shuttles and I’d feel better using a workhorse instead of such a piece of art.