Saturday, July 26, 2008

Test Tatting a Joy, Pleasure and Honour

I was asked two weeks ago to test tat a pattern for a fellow tatter and I must say that it has made me feel a few things joy, pleasure and honour. To be asked to test tat a pattern is a honour for me, as I know what a big thing it is to ask a fellow tatter to test tat a pattern. The designer has worked hard to develop a new pattern and now they are sending it out to a fellow tatter to test. To see if it makes sense, is interesting and/or challenging enough to interest other tatters and to see what the finished project looks like when made by a fellow tatter. ( This is kind of scary. I know as I have done it myself. ) It is a honour to be asked as you are being shown by the designer that they value your opinion as a tatter and also value your skills and tatting knowledge. It brings me joy in kind of a selfish way in knowing that I am the first person to tat this pattern besides this designer. It makes me feel special. Lastly and maybe most importantly it brings me great pleasure to know that I have helped out a fellow tatter and because of that I feel a little better about myself today and am just that much more grateful that I am a Tatter.

12 comments:

yarnplayer said...

Lovely post, Clyde. You have a gift with wording things so nicely.

Tattycat said...

Marilee is right, that is a lovely post and your gift with words seems to be growing. Or, you are showing it to us more lately. I feel as you do that it is an honor to test tat and also a joy to be the first one to get to tat the design!

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

That is a very special honour indeed! I hope we are able to see your finished project some day :)

Tara said...

I too have test tatted for folks and it is always an honour to do so. Well said Clyde. I agree completely.

Clyde said...

I am showing my gift with words more lately. It is always there but for some reason it has felt important to put them in writing lately. It is a joy and honour to test tat for others and I love the feeling it gives you inside.

TattingChic said...

Ditto.
:)

Linda S Davies said...

Very eloquent, Clyde, and I agree with all that you said. On the other side of the coin, I have asked another tatter to test tat one of my flowers and it took me some time to pluck up the courage to ask! I chose to ask Jeff Hamilton to test tat one of my 3D flowers. Even though I knew he had tatted some of my previous flowers I still felt nervous about asking him....would he think I was cheeky?....was my pattern good enough? Fortunately for me he was delighted to test tat and did a brilliant job! But that is the tatting community for you, it really is a community that looks after one another!

Clyde said...

It is my feeling that the majority of tatters would be honoured to be asked to test tat. I must agree that the tatting community is very supportive and only to happy to help out if they can.

Daniel said...

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Clyde, happy birthday to you. Hope you enjoy your birthday and your peach pie today.

Clyde said...

Thanks Dan I will have a happy birthday.

Tattycat said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Clyde. Happy Birthday to you!!! Peach Pie? Yumm! Have fun.

Dantatter said...

Happy birthday to you from Scandinavia too.