A Needle Tatted Fan Motif

tatted fan

Pattern designed by Heather Johnston

Just a quick post to show off last night’s project — a fan motif.

I had to start over three times because I kept getting my work turned around and joining to the wrong ring.  And I had to rip out a stretch because I refused to start over a fourth time.

But I finally got it done!  I am thrilled that even beginner projects can turn out pretty!

The pattern is by Heather Johnston.  You can see it here.


  1. Peggy

     /  September 28, 2010

    Beginner projects??
    Last nights project??
    Wow, all I can say is WOW!!!
    You are a “quick study” my friend!
    Good job!!


    • If you could see the angel I have started FOUR times tonight, you might take back your WOW! 🙂

      I simply can’t get that pattern. I think I am going to try to do it visually instead of following the printed directions.


  2. Peggy

     /  September 28, 2010

    I am laughing as I type this……I crocheted a baby afgan for my new granddaughter…….it should have been 3-4 afgans by the time I had ripped out and started over.

    I fumed, fussed, cussed, and put myself into “time-out” (ahem, many times)……..I finally decided to repeat the “mistakes” in several rows to get a new pattern going………was afraid I was wearing out the yarn!! : )

    Tried knitting, that required both hands to work together at same time, was a really bad idea…………really bad.

    So I really am in awe of your ability to work with “thread” and create these designs…..mine would look more like crunched up dental floss……haha

    Think I may crochet curtains for the A!!
    yeah, right!!!


  3. I went through the same thing with making up new patterns because I kept making mistakes when I was in my 20’s. Funny, my patterns never looked quite as good as what I had planned! 😀

    I actually gave up on knitting and crocheting for a couple of decades. Then I rediscovered them, and everything seemed to work a lot more smoothly the second time around.

    Actually, on my part, learning to tat is no special talent. It’s just a dogged determination to learn … and recognizing when I need to work on something easier until I learn a little more.

    I am really giggling at the thought of you doing crocheted curtains for the Aliner. Yeah…. Go for it! 😀


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