Tuesday, February 8, 2011


A couple of weeks ago I uploaded the images of my block I intended to use for the Victoriana Symbols. Well at last I have done a little work in the first side. This will eventually become a handbag I am not sure how practical it will be but I hope it will be beautiful.
The first symbol is a spider and it's web and inhabitant is supposed to bring good luck.

The next symbol is a fan. Fans used by a lady in Victorian times could convey all sorts of messages. It all depended on how the fan was placed in front of her face or held in her hand. Now they are just beautiful things to keep us cool. In Asia they are used a lot and it is a puzzle to me why Australian do not nake more use of a fan. I for one carry one in my handbag at all times.
The little tatted fan is another of my firsts. LOL;-D. I have been trying to work out how to tat for at least 40 years and at last now at the age of 67 I can do it. The fan is the first big pattern I followed and is the 3rd try at the pattern but at least it worked this time. I couched it onto the block and the beaded the picots and some other elements. When the bag is finished I think I will make a tassel for the end of the ribbon.

This is a seam treatment I have used on the block. This block will not only have the Victorian symbols I also intend to use it to pratice new, to me, tecniques.


  1. You are off to a wonderful start on your 12 months of Victorian symbolism! Love your spider and beaded seam, can't wait to see the fan :)

  2. This is going to be so pretty Daisy, you're work is beautiful. I'm doing the symbols also, and will be making a wall hanging that I'll frame and put above my treadle sewing machine. I love this challenge!

  3. Nice tatting!!! I just finished up about 12 tatted hearts, some to give a way and the rest for the Library display. Like your stitching!
    Linda M in NM