Does anyone else out there use picot gauges? I've always wondered how important even picots are to people. Now, let me say that I think that the best way to get even picots is practice, practice, practice! I don't use picot gauges when doing regular tatting - I think they are way too time consuming and I've been tatting long enough that my picots are pretty even anyway.
But when beading, or doing a pattern where different sized, graduated, or larger picots are part of the overall design, I find picot gauges very helpful. I created this little set out of heavy card stock and since I do a lot of bead work in my tatting and often use decorative picots in my work, I use mine all the time.
They sit with my shuttles, teeny-tiny crochet hooks and collapsible eye needles as one of my "essential" tools. I have made a few of them to offer in my etsy shop, if anyone else is interested.