Handy Hands Needle Tatting showed me how in about 5 minutes. No kidding, I had to make the bus so he had to hurry. Barbara (the owner) is the nicest lady and helped me over the phone once when I had gotten myself confused. Hobby Lobby also has some of her line and books, but I prefer to buy direct. Got to support the small businesses when you can!
This is the prettiest green velvet. I hate to cover it, but the swan scene was perfect. A swan was the first thing I remember my mother teaching me to draw. When my friend Laura sent me a copy of the Sublime Stitching book and I saw her swan, it inspired me to make my own.
Note: Never, ever, ever take cattails home to arrange in your studio. They dry and explode tiny white dandelion-ish seeds. You will never get them all out and will think a rat has nested in your batting. Dad harvested some for me, thinking they would be really cool since we don't have such things where we live. It's a sight I will never forget and will always make me laugh.