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Title: TatWitt Two
Post by: witt on March 06, 2007, 12:30 PM
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TatWitt Two
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Post by: cafeRg on March 06, 2007, 12:42 PM
Hi Sweet Lady

that is really awesome

 :blusmoke
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Post by: witt on March 06, 2007, 01:57 PM
Thanks, pal. I was experimenting to see if I could do a picture first instead of coming last. YAY! I did it.
Then I tried the glow in blue! YAY! I did that, too. Next I tried centering the text and did that, too!
That doily was a bit squashed in the scanner, but it is one of my designs that I liked and it was colorful, too.
Thanks for checking on me.
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Post by: Dutch on March 06, 2007, 02:00 PM
Hi witt!

That looks great...showed the picture to my mom and she loved it!

 :sunny
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Post by: WordFaery on March 06, 2007, 02:10 PM
Oh, my dear, this is gorgeous!  I wish I had the patience for any sort of needlework.
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Post by: witt on March 06, 2007, 02:12 PM
Thanks, Dutch. I'm glad that your mom liked it.
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Post by: witt on March 06, 2007, 02:15 PM
Thanks, WF. That's one of the chapters in TatWitt. Patience!  This one is a real challenge, but I enjoyed designing it.
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Post by: Allen on March 06, 2007, 03:30 PM
This is really beautiful, and so detailed.  I will have to show it to my mother-in-law.
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Post by: witt on March 07, 2007, 07:36 AM
Thank you, Allen. I am glad that you liked it.
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Post by: witt on March 07, 2007, 07:39 AM
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Ah, the luck of the Irish! This has been my most popular bookmark ever!
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Post by: LucyLuu on March 07, 2007, 07:48 PM
Hi Witt,

What beautiful work you do!  I bet it's a great feeling to finish something so detailed and beautiful..  I love the bookmark too!  I'm part Irish and Native American so I do love my Irish stuff..   :sunny

Great Job!  Hope you'll be adding more...   :rose

Denise
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Post by: BuffySlayFan on March 08, 2007, 08:06 AM
Wow! Your work is beautiful. I love it! :dblu
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Post by: witt on March 08, 2007, 09:01 AM
Thank you, LL. Now, if I could figure out how to mix the Irish with the Native American...
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Post by: witt on March 08, 2007, 09:11 AM
Funny story. I had a table full of tatted doilies and bookmarks. One lady came up to me and asked if I had a Carolina bookmark. I told her that I did and pointed to the end of the table where they were.
She said, "Oh, no. That would get me kicked out the house!"
I thought that maybe I had misunderstood her, so I asked her again what she was looking for. Again she told me a Carolina bookmark. A friend was listening and she picked it up to show her that indeed, I did have a Carolina bookmark.
"If I brought that into the house, I would get shot!" she replied.
My friend and I looked at each other questioningly. Was this woman nuts? Then it hit me. She meant the OTHER Carolina! The University of NORTH Carolina. I wasn't in South Carolina at the time!
I enjoy making these in school or team colors. I even made a Seahawks one this year. Of course, I prefer to make the Panthers!

University of SOUTH Carolina
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Post by: paulygrl on March 09, 2007, 06:07 PM
your work is exquisite, takes much practice and patience, but worth it, I'm sure. Lovely! :dblu

 :rose
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Post by: elise on March 11, 2007, 12:53 PM
Witt, this piece is absolutely exquisite!  I love the pieces I have that you did for me.  I love the snowflakes and bookmarks.    Each piece is an absolute treasure to me.  And I also love both of your books. 

Keep on tatting!  ~hugggs~

elise
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Post by: witt on March 19, 2007, 07:16 AM
This is my latest creation. The Easter Flower Cross. It's a lot bigger than most of my bookmarks. The cross is 7 inches long.
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Post by: daisyxo on March 21, 2007, 02:06 PM
witt, your Easter cross is beautiful!!  Do you have patterns to work from, or make your own? 

My Great-Grandmother used to crochet crosses.  I have 2 from her that I will always treasure.  A blue one that used to belong to my Mother (which I keep in my Bible) and a white one that she made when my first child was born.

I can imagine that your fingers would be pretty sore by the time you finish tatting an item (especially one as large as the first one you posted here) ... but worth it for such beautiful heirlooms.
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Post by: witt on March 22, 2007, 06:03 AM
I do both. I create some and I use some. This one I revised from an old pattern that I had seen in an old book.
My fingers used to get sore when I first started tatting, but I don't have that problem anymore.
This cross, to me, would be a wonderful Future Heirloom. (That's the name of my creations. Future Heirlooms.)
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Post by: Artemis on March 22, 2007, 01:51 PM
witt hey chick!  thats mighty fine needle weavin ya got there, i love those bookmarks i think i want one, they sure beat the unpaid bills i use to keep a page or i jsut fold the darn paper up! haha hope you keep posting your work its beautiful, you know i tried knitting once, i loved it but you should have seen  the mess i was making lol a pink scarf that would have gotten anyone a cold with all the holes in it.


 :hearts
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Post by: Voodoo Child on March 23, 2007, 11:14 AM
Witt,

I've been studying your lovely work and trying to figure out how to do it... without success.
I've been crocheting for over... well... I'll just say it... for over 45 yrs (ouch!). I use cotton yarn (string). So, tatting is right up my alley. I'll have to look on the internet to get some direction!

Your work is beautiful!

Cookie
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Post by: witt on March 23, 2007, 12:13 PM
Thank you! I have an ebook. I forget what it's priced, but if you'd like it, I could find out. It has instructions and about 14 or 15 of my easy, beginner patterns. Let me know if you're interested.
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Post by: Soft Words on March 23, 2007, 01:46 PM
I love the work you've put up here. I love creating things too, and I'm currently learning to tat. Someday, I will succeed in figuring out the loops.  :tongue

I'm currently more into embroidery. I do crochet and knit as well - though I'm badly outta practice knitting. As soon as I finish making the dress I'm currently working on, i'm planning to sit down and properly learn to tat. :)

Sunshine and bubbling brooks,
Arti.
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Post by: daisyxo on March 23, 2007, 06:36 PM
I would also be interested in your ebook, Witt .... I know we can buy instruction books at the craft stores, but I'd rather support my fellow splash artist(s).
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Post by: witt on March 25, 2007, 12:13 PM
Here is the cover of Tattin' on the Porch. There are 7 pages of instructions (showing my own little hands) and 15 patterns.
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Post by: BuffySlayFan on March 29, 2007, 12:42 PM
 :coffee I would very much like to purchase your e-book. Please let me know how you would like to receive payment and the price of your book. I am very excited!!
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Post by: witt on March 29, 2007, 12:57 PM
Thank you very much, daisy and little miss buffy. I will contact you off the boards.
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Post by: Kay on April 03, 2007, 06:01 PM
Witt,

These are just lovely.  :rose
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Post by: witt on April 04, 2007, 06:34 AM
Thank you so much. I really appreciate that.
I'm working on a piece now using a technique that I have never tried to do before. I hope it works. If it does, I shall post a scan of it.
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Post by: Sartor on April 09, 2007, 03:41 PM
Witt............I finally made it to this location.  Your work is awesome.  As I told you in the past my Mom used to do a lot of tatting also.  Jean and I have the dear bookmarks you tatted for us.  Mine (the Seahawk one) at present is in a book of the Bard's sonnets.  Seems like I have been so busy this past few months I never get around to all the locations in SplashHall.  May the Muses spend much time with you in both your tatting and poetry.
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Post by: witt on April 09, 2007, 03:59 PM
Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I appreciate your kind words. The tatting muse seems to have left me hanging today. Maybe I'm just tatted out.
Come back for another visit. Perhaps I'll have the scan up of my last creation because you have evoked the tatting muse.
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Post by: witt on April 12, 2007, 05:51 AM
Here is the latest creation. It is long and narrow. I'm guessing about 12 x 5. It would be perfect for a narrow table. It was too long to get on the scanner, so I had to turn it askew.

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Post by: Sartor on April 12, 2007, 02:11 PM
Looks great Witt......I recall Mom made them for upholstered chair arms and a round one for the headrest.
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Post by: witt on April 12, 2007, 02:50 PM
Thanks, much! Yes, I believe they were called antimacassars. Macassar was the name of a hair dressing.
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Post by: A-FRIEND on April 12, 2007, 05:13 PM
True art.
I wonder if a fat old guy with four thumbs can come even close to that.
I'd probably have to call my creation mycarcass.
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Post by: Sartor on April 12, 2007, 06:36 PM
Witt.........the things I learn from you.......I may use this information in one of my poems some day......huggs

Macassar oil is a compounded oil used primarily by men in Victorian and Edwardian times as a hair dressing.

Macassar oil is basically coconut oil or palm oil to which has been added the very fragrant "ylang-ylang" oil (obtained by processing the flowers of the Ylang-ylang tree, aka Cananga odorata) as well as some other fragrant oils. (For details on the tree, as well as the oil extraction process and the oil's use in Macassar oil.

Macassar oil was so named because it was reputed to have been manufactured from ingredients purchased in the port of Makassar in Indonesia.

Due to the tendency for the oil to transfer from a gentleman's hair to the back of the chair he was sitting on, the antimacassar was developed. This is essentially a small crocheted cloth placed over the back of a chair
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Post by: witt on April 13, 2007, 06:05 AM
Wow! When you research something, you don't leave anything out, do you? Yes, most antimacassars were crocheted. Tatting was used mostly as edgings, inserts and doilies (Doily is an eponymous word). I guess they were too precious to get oily. It takes about twice as long to tat something as it does to crochet because the tatting technique uses double knots and not just one. Tatting is actually more durable than crochet because crochet will ravel away to nothing, whereas tatting will knot (pun intended).

Well, I'll drop another bit of info on you. The word macassar is eponymous because it was named for the port, Makassar, in Indonesia.
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Post by: Sartor on April 13, 2007, 01:25 PM
Actually, I only looked up the word Macassar to find out what it was.  I simply copied and pasted.  No intention of discrediting your tatting of antimacassars.  I also had to look up the word, eponymous.  Smiles to you Witt, you are still teaching me new words and ideas.

Here is an eponymous remark that comes to mind.

 A Sartorism to live by:

"Never make supercilious retorts unless provoked"

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Post by: witt on April 17, 2007, 03:09 PM
I finally finished this piece. The next time I create a pattern, remind me to do something less complicated!

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Post by: Allen on April 17, 2007, 04:02 PM
This is absolutely magnificent.  The detail in this is incredible.  How many total hours would it take you to make something like this - Just curious
 :sunny :sunny :sunny
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Post by: witt on April 17, 2007, 04:13 PM
I have no idea. I have never calculated it. I'm not sure I'd want to know! I do it in the evenings when I am watching tv after book work and gardening time is over. With the terrible storms that we had for the last several days, I had a little extra time to work with it since I couldn't get on Splash and I couldn't go outside and dig.
Thanks for your interest in my work.
I created this design a year or so ago. Usually, I can just look at something and replicate it, but not with this baby. I had to print out my own instructions and I still had a time! Oh, but I do love a challenge.
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Post by: witt on May 05, 2007, 06:50 AM
My latest original design.

"Doo's Doily"
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Post by: witt on June 07, 2007, 05:49 AM
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This is my latest creation. It is a variation of "Doo's Doily." I call it "Two Doo Doily." I like it even better.
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Post by: Sartor on June 07, 2007, 12:04 PM
Witt..........looks great.  My Mom tatted a lot of this type of doily.  I can see her now, sitting her rocker, tatting and listening to her Soaps on the radio.  She passed away at age 98.

Sartor
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Post by: Bittersweet on June 07, 2007, 06:28 PM
Beautiful work Lady Witt.  You have talent in those hands of yours!   :rose
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Post by: Dryad on June 12, 2007, 07:37 AM
Wow. Those are cool doilies and stuff.

Is tatting similar to crochet? Sounded like people were saying it was.

When I look at one of your finished pieces I just cant imagine how you got from thread to that!
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Post by: nixon on June 12, 2007, 07:50 AM
Hi Witt,

They are beautiful...my grandmother would crochet....something I wish I had paid more attention too.  My other grandmother quilts, something I did learn to do...but start and never finish...

I love the intricate design...how big is it? I thought of you yesterday...I picked some peaches...did your trees produce a peach or two..

hope your day is very good

:) brenda
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Post by: witt on June 12, 2007, 09:12 AM
Thanks, Dryad. I'm glad that you took a look-see. Tatting appears to be like crochet, but it is a type of knotting. Crochet is like a looping of the thread. If you pull on crochet, the whole thing comes unraveled like knitting. With tat, there are double stitches and it doesn't pull out. That's why it takes twice as long to tat as it does to crochet. I use a shuttle, but there is needle tatting and you can even finger tat.

Here's what it looks like when you're tatting.
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Post by: witt on June 12, 2007, 09:15 AM
Nixon, the "Two Doo Doily" is about nine inches in diameter. It is my own original design.

Nope, no peaches. We really didn't expect them since it was their first year, but we had the Big Freeze at Easter and no one down here will have peaches this year!
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Post by: Dryad on June 12, 2007, 09:32 AM
that's cool. Now i know.

Doesnt look too easy anyhow
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Post by: witt on July 14, 2007, 06:54 AM
Someone wanted the tatted butterfly in color, so I tried a variegated thread. This is how it turned out.
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Post by: Rach on July 16, 2007, 08:09 PM
I love that, Witt.  You are so talented.  I love the poem too.  Great job.
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Post by: A_Mourning_Glory on July 17, 2007, 11:46 AM
Witt ~

Beautiful, beautiful...    you are so multi-talented.

My grandmother gave me so many beautiful items in white, ecru and pastels, i.e. doilies and whole bedspreads and/or bed coverings but most were knitted, a few crochet pieces.  She taught me to crochet and gave up on me with knitting.  She always said her fingers knew the way like a blind man reads braille.  I've never seen tatting before and it's lovely.  While I see similarities to the look of a few delicately knitted doilies and stuff given me,  from the close up pics of your tatting, there is truly no comparison and it's just amazing (to me).

If I were so talented, I could see me finishing up my first piece in the next 20 years, lol

AMG (Cherri)     :kool
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Post by: witt on July 20, 2007, 05:44 AM
Thanks, Rach. I'm glad that you liked it.

Naw, it didn't take that long to do, just 10 1/2 years.
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Post by: witt on July 23, 2007, 06:37 AM
A friend came to me with a bookmark that I had designed years ago. She wanted me to make a whole bunch of them to make as gifts. Lesson learned? I need to write down the patterns for my creations. If she had not brought me the original, I would have had a heck of a time recreating it.

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Post by: Rach on July 23, 2007, 07:35 PM
Oh, that is so sweet, witt.  It's cool that your friend has held this bookmark so close as a reminder of your friendship. 
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Post by: Soft Words on July 23, 2007, 09:11 PM
I've been reading through this thread... and trying to figure out how you found the patience to create these beautiful patterns.
I'm learning to tat myself, though I'll be grateful if I can get two loops to stick together.
I'll eventually get there though... just as soon as I can finish editing (and re-editing, and re-rediting) my presentation, read about 500 pages of reference material and figure out just what the heck causes Blackfan-Diamond syndrome.... But I'll get there for sure!

It is good to see that I'm not the only one who loves to create from thread... You give me heart!

Warm regards,
Arti.
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Post by: witt on July 24, 2007, 06:47 AM
Thanks, Rach. I appreciate that they had kept it. I think that she knows that "It takes time to tat."

Soft Words, I hope that you get the hang of it. Tatting is addictive! I wrote about that in my book TatWitt: What I Learned When I Learned to Tat. One of my sayings is, "If it don't slide, you ain't tattin' " Keep that in mind when you pull a ring. I don't know if I mentioned it to you, but I do have an e-book (PDF) that teaches you how to do the "flip" and it has about 15 easy, original designs to tat.
Here's one, after you learn a thing or two, that you can make.

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Post by: Rach on July 31, 2007, 06:04 PM
witt,
How goes the tat lately?   :artist
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Post by: Rach on October 27, 2007, 06:15 PM
any new creations, witt?
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Post by: witt on October 28, 2007, 08:21 AM
I see that you've asked me this twice. Sorry, I didn't catch it.

As a matter of fact I do have some new things.
This bookmark was created for a friend who didn't know how to tat chains. Someone saw it a few weeks ago and wanted one. I had a heck of a time reading my own instructions. I need to rewrite them so that it won't be so confusing.
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This is a new Christmas design for 2007, "Shining Star."
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Thanks for asking.

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Post by: Rach on October 29, 2007, 09:08 PM
I LOVE the star.  Cool.
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Post by: Allen on October 30, 2007, 12:20 PM
Me too
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Post by: witt on October 30, 2007, 12:40 PM
Thanks, guys. My hubby helped me design the star.
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Post by: Rach on October 30, 2007, 06:22 PM
Witt:
You should hire him as co-designer!  haha.
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Post by: hcscable on October 30, 2007, 09:01 PM
Really beautiful work. I have mastered just about every kind of needle work. BUT NOT TATTING. I just threw me for a.....loop!
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Post by: witt on October 31, 2007, 06:28 AM
He doesn't know anything about tatting, but he knows what he likes, to paraphrase the old saying.

Thanks, hcscable. I know what you mean. I have tried to teach many the art of tatting, but when they don't get the concept, they give up. My old motto used to be, If it don't slide, you ain't tatting. That's the trick--to tie the knots correctly so that they will slide, not knots that knot.
(Oh, and I liked the pun!!)
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Post by: witt on November 04, 2007, 08:48 AM
Someone asked me to make "Brenda's Bookmark" in pink. I went in search of a soft pink, not the garish that I usually find. This was a different brand and much more delicate. It was so silken that I could barely feel it in my hands. Here's how it turned out.




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Post by: Rach on November 06, 2007, 06:00 PM
Oh, I love that, Witt!  You go girl!  That is beautiful just like all the other pieces you have posted here.
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Post by: witt on November 07, 2007, 06:34 AM
Thanks, Rach. I started a butterfly with that thread. I was curious to see how it looks. It might make a pretty baby's bookmark if I could figure out how to do it.
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Post by: Rach on November 07, 2007, 09:28 PM
If it can be created, Witt, you will find a way!  I'm sure of that.  Make sure to share more of your specialties with us, please. :artist
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Post by: Goldenpen on November 10, 2007, 05:12 AM
Hi Witt thought I would stop by, now I know what tatting is, when I first saw your blue and yellow doily, I did go wow.  Beautiful work you do!
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Post by: witt on November 10, 2007, 06:44 AM
Thank you, Goldenpen. Tatting can be quite challenging, but it is also rewarding.

Here is the butterfly in the soft pink thread. It turned out to be bigger than I expected. I tried to attach a variation of Brenda's Bookmark to it, but that didn't look very good. I'm not sure that the size of the butterfly will be conducive for a bookmark.

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Post by: witt on November 10, 2007, 06:47 AM
I tried a different bookmark in the pink thread, the "Heart Bookmark." I think that it turned out quite nicely.


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Post by: Goldenpen on November 10, 2007, 04:57 PM
I did go wow again, lovely work,  it is very inspiring that you can create something this beautiful from thread, makes you want to go and learn tatting.
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Post by: Soft Words on November 10, 2007, 11:00 PM
I love those new creations of yours, Witt. Sorry I'm coming back after what seems like a millenium.
I'd love details on how to get my itching little hands on your ebooks... So I can start saving up!

:)
Arti.
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Post by: witt on November 11, 2007, 07:10 AM
Thank you sooo much.

Soft Words, there's a comedian, Killer Beez, that has the motto, "Save up!" Maybe you should get a Splash discount!

Would you believe that I had a meeting with my publisher and others yesterday and one of the guys gave me a bag of thread sent from his mother. She has gotten too old to tat (so she says). It is a lovely type of thread, again, that I've never used. I did another "Heart Bookmark" with it. It feels luxurious. As soon as I can finish up with it, I'll post a pic.

Thanks again for your kindness.
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Post by: Soft Words on November 11, 2007, 05:43 PM
Splash discount - hmmm. Do those exist?
I'd love to get hold of one of your bookmarks as well.
Please let me know!

Warm regards,
Arti.
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Post by: Rach on November 11, 2007, 08:00 PM
Another FINE bookmark there, Witt.  I like the hearts.  Very cool.
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Post by: witt on November 13, 2007, 07:37 AM
Of course you can have a discount, Soft Words. What are friends for?

Thanks, Rach.
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Post by: witt on November 13, 2007, 07:39 AM
Here's that bookmark in blue. It turned out a little smaller than the pink one.



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Post by: elise on November 13, 2007, 10:37 AM
I still use one of  your fun bookmarks!!!   This made me smile to see it in blue!   :sunny
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Post by: witt on November 13, 2007, 11:19 AM
I'm glad that you still have it.

Thanks. Blue isn't usually associated with a heart, but I thought that it was pretty.