Here is an update on this post.
I did it! I'm actually needle tatting! I followed a pattern and created something which is actually recognizable...a butterfly!
Thank you again, my dear Sandra. What a splendid gift. The butterfly is yours--my first project and a gift to my teacher.
If needle tatting intrigues you, check out this website. It is a lovely skill to acquire, all you need is a needle, thread and a good deal of patience.