I want to work on my "open" stitches, double brussels, pea stitch and single brussels, and looked through my Lovesey books for inspiration. In "Creative Design in NL" (p97) I found a 7 petal flower that will give me an opportunity to practice. The flower is described as an "antique flower" set into fine muslin. It must be a very small flower enlarged to fill the entire page. I scanned, printed, traced and generally tweaked until I'm ready to start couching. There are 4 leaves with the flower, and I may do those later. Rochelle gave me instructions on how to do a spider in the center, and I'm eager to have something new to do!
My version of the flower is 3.5"(9cm) at its widest, and 4.25"(10.5cm) from tip to stem. I measured the flower (pattern 4) from GoNL Basic book, and tried to get close to that size. I plan to use #80 tatting thread, and probably white. (click to view the original size). Now I will have to study a bit and plan how to lay my trace.