He's a Denver Broncos fan, so I tried to use thread that matched the team's colors. The thread is about size 20.
The pattern is edging number 8822 from the book The Tatter's Treasure Chest, edited by Mary Carolyn Waldrep.
This was tatted using my new Starlit Shuttle, whom I have given the name Narwhal.
|Narwhal is quite sparkly.|
Narwhal is larger then the Clover shuttles I normally use, which came in handy while tatting the edging; as that meant I could hold more thread at one time. The larger size did throw me off a little at first, but overall the Starlit shuttle seems to work alright.