The story of my tat-life at the moment. Can't recall how many times this had happened ..
I only needed enough thread in the shuttle to make three large rings and one small ring and ....!
Trying to get myself out of the rut, I thought I could do like Diane with her Spinning Wheel Glass Mat. I should have a go-to motif that can get me through periods like this. It has to be a simple one shuttle and ball motif that I can finish with only one full shuttle of thread. It has to be a one pass motif because I don't like to have to cut and tie after each round.
Looking through my small collection of tatting books, I found this motif in the DMC Book of charted Tatting Designs. It is the No.29 Doily on page 28 of the book. This pattern fits my criteria except for one part where I had to do the SLT, which is not a big problem really. I used size 40 Lizbeth #109 for this.
Have not actually decided if this is going to be my go-to motif. If you can see, the flowers all round are cupping a bit, but I suppose it will flatten after pressing. If I were to do this again, I must remember to put a few extra turns of the thread on the shuttle