I got an email from a sweet lady the other day, telling me that she had enjoyed making several of my designs, even though some of them had been challenging for her. She then asked, "what would you say is the most difficult thing you have ever designed?"
I thought about the Butterflies and Roses Pineapple Doilies, and the little Bag Holder Lady I did several years ago.
Both feature pineapples, which seem to make designing and pattern writing more difficult for me.
I thought about the Celtic Rose Decorative Potholders, with their hundreds of increases and decreases:
And as far as time consuming projects, it would have to be my Cherokee Rose Tablecloth:
But even though these designs were challenging, I knew what the answer had to be.
The Swan Queen Centerpiece.
I worked on this design for about 3 months, trying to get her just right. I had seen an old crocheted swan in an antique shop years ago, and wanted to make my own version. I wished a thousand times that I had bought the old one, even though it was falling apart, just so I would have some kind of reference. I have since seen old mail order patterns for crocheted swans. But I wanted to create my own, and add Irish Roses and leaves to one side, like an old Lefton swan vase I have.
This was back before I was using testers, so I agonized over writing the pattern. Pineapples are notoriously hard for me to write, but I love them so much!
Several people have told me that they have won blue ribbons with this design; it is certainly eye-catching. On the other hand, I saw a comment on Pintrest the other day, wondering why on earth anyone would want to make such a thing.
But for those of us who love thread crochet and enjoy a challenge, I think it is the perfect project. I display mine in a cabinet in my office where I can look at while I work. I will probably never make another one, but I am so glad that I took the time to make this one.
It may have been hard to make, but I think it was worth it.