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.

Little Girl’s Purse

Little girl's purse with beginner tatting trim

I finally finished the little purse tonight.

I had a hard time finding appropriate beginner edging patterns.  Finally I found a pattern on one of the needle tatting forums.  Then I saw this really cool picture on Flickr of bunny ears edging.  So I managed to adapt it to work on my project.

I looked and looked for a cat pattern for the back pocket that would work up small enough on beginner size 10 thread and size 5 (* see note at end) needles, but couldn’t find one I liked.  So I made one up that looks a lot like the cats I used to draw in first grade.

Hopefully the recipient won’t be too critical.

I did sew everything down very firmly so whoever gets it will have to work hard at tearing the flowers off!

That’s it for the crafts for a few days.  I need a break!

Will start repairing the weather stripping on the Aliner next week.  Some of it has come loose.

*Edited to add:  I thought I was using size 5 needles.  I was actually using size 3 which is for light sports yarn.  No wonder the stitches were so loose!

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