These stitches were not made with the utmost care, or they were made by someone just learning. Perhaps both are true – they were made by someone learning who didn’t want to! Regardless, I’m happy to have this piece in my collection.
I’m sure this lace is machine made, but the embroidery is by hand.
I assume this little guy was made to hold cedar chips or something similar. The opening is too small to hold a bar of soap so it must have been for potpourri or something similar.
My first instinct was that it was a turtle, but his tail is pretty long for that so maybe he’s an alligator!
Although I can’t imagine I’ll ever crochet any of these, I can’t resist the pattern books when I run across them.