It's no secret I love fan inspired designs -  I have a number in my laser cut wood section of my supplies shop.  My easy beadwork tutorial using these is here. There is something quite pleasing about this shape.

I am not alone with this liking. Here are some excellent design tutorials by other artisans. First up is this gorgeous combination wire work and bead woven tutorial (shown above) by HeidiLeeDesign. Be sure to check out her store for other combos! 

This tubular herringbone fan earrings tutorial design using just seed beads is by Iulia of BeadedTreasury. A great exercise in how to do the stitch with increases. 

I love this colorful brick stitch fan earrings design tutorial by Kimberley Morgan of CactusRoseJewelry. Very festive. 

Isn't this fan inspired earrings tutorial a stunner? The clever choice of beads gives the impression of  frilly fans! The designer is Mihaela of RenovatiobyLuciela

This earrings design features pearls as the focals. The tutorial is by Monika of Extrano.

Fans have been used for thousands of years in Asia as a means of keeping cool, whisking away insects and had a ceremonial function. From around 1600, fans began to be used in Europe. The so-called language of fans was actually invented in the 19th century by Duvelleroy, a French fan maker, as a way to boost falling sales of fans. It worked!  

Lucy Worsley, the British historian and Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, is my all time favorite historian who is best known for her wonderful BBC historical series. She is a spirited presenter who makes history come alive.  She often shares historical facts which are not taught in school.

Duvelleroy's Language of Fans| Picture Source

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