I agree--some of the patterns are like reading greek! I have found the tutorials on youtube very helpful since I am a visual show me person! I am keeping a small knitting/crochet journal with stitches I have learned and want to learn...I think getting comfortable with stitches then allows you to figure out your own patterns and styles...
I have yet to figure out how to make a stupid crochet flower...I finally found a pattern for six different ones and hope to make them all--you can do it Wulf!! Practice with chopsticks if you do not want to invest a lot of money!
That lace is gorgeous and so tiny!!! I was trying to figure out the pattern and recognized stitches but I can't believe it would be made top to bottom--how tedious that must have been!
I will post my completed projects tonight! I got two of the three done (decided tissue holders can wait until I need them for a swap or something...)...I did cut out six new quilts for the Quilts for Kids and I claimed two more people on the Febraury Birthday swap, so I think I did pretty good for the last few days!
In March my short term list is:
coffe print apron for me tote for my sister passport wallet for friend Lori scrappy scarf
I am in the inchies swap and also a private swap so that should do it since one week of March is a vacation week...
I have used embroidered napkins going on over 20 years now...the colors are a bit faded from the washings but the embroidery still looks pretty good...If you are really concerned, I would take a very light fabric maybe in a light blue and sew the two pieces together--not sure what you did to the edges--you could serge them together or do them pillow case style and topstitch around...they are pretty nicely done to give up!