I am truly a novice. It took me weeks of viewing online tutorials to finally figure out to do this. I wish I knew someone who tatted. This is one of those things that would be so much easier to learn in person. This is the second time I have tried stiffening my tatting. I am not pleased with the outcome, so it looks like I will be doing a little more research on that. I'll likely be washing this one and trying again. The rest of my pieces are still drying. I hope I can get them on the blog this weekend!