Some of my patterns

28 June 2013

Tattysaurus

Now I can date the Tattysaurus.  He's around 20 years old and was one of the reasons for me forcing myself to learn how to put things on the internet.  You see, roughly around that time, I'd met up with Nick and we were both learning to use computers and the internet.  

One of the first things I ever did when I learnt what a search engine was was to put 'tatting' into it - this was pre-google from what I can recall.  I found several people (all in America) who I slowly made contact with.  At around that time I'd got the first lot of owls done too.  
Having 'done' the tattysaurus I realised that the pattern was waaaaaay too big to print (ink was/is expensive) and post (also expensive to send abroad) or to email too as we only had (slow to go) dial up in those days.  So I had to learn how to make my own space on the internet.

Fortunately at that time I was temping for a company which made software for the tourist industry and the boys there gave me a ten minute lesson.  That's the truth too.  From that ten minute lesson (thank you, Jon) I worked out how to get files 'up there' and by making many mistakes on the way I finally got the hang of it.  I must mention Mark Myers here who emailed me several times to tell me what I was doing wrong - thanks, Mark.   Tattysaurus lives in a box on the top of the tatting cupboard!!! He's very happy there and now that I don't do demonstrations at shows, he's in retirement!!!!


12 comments:

  1. Wow, he's very impressive! I'm glad he got you into putting patterns on the internet too.

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  2. maybe you could bring him out of his cupboard at Christmastime, and drape a bit of tinsel over him - He'd be gorgeous!

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  3. Tattysaurus is truly a work of art! How large is he? How did you manage to shape him? I am awestruck!

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  4. Diane - he's 22" long roughly and he's mainly shaped by using the metal bracelets you find so cheaply. I call them Indian bracelets. Took ages to make!!

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  5. WOW! I too am awestruck. He is incredible. I am loving your post from your collection.

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  6. He looks fab, and the years have not caught up with him yet, brilliant piece to use for a demo.
    Margaret

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  7. He was a big undertaking but well worth the effort. Lovely work and so creative. I am glad also that you found the internet to help those of us who are learning and are inspired by your work!

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  8. He's huge! and so cute!

    Thanks for showing him - Roar!!!

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  9. Fabulous! So glad you are putting these on display even if only online. He may be retired, but I'll bet he wouldn't mind coming out now and then.
    That is a neat idea to use the bangle bracelets as supports.

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  10. Thanks all. Ladytats - you actually tat onto the bracelets so they stay in place!!!! Getting a 'curve' in the neck was quite 'interesting'!!!!

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  11. Love your blog. You are such an inspiration to me. Thank you

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  12. Oh my goodness!! He is a tatting work of art!! :)

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