Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fans for Everyone!

It's been hot lately, and I confess that I've become rather fascinated with hand fans. We do have air conditioning and we use it, but growing up, my family didn't buy an air conditioner until I was in college, so I looked for other ways to move the air and at least pretend that my efforts were making me cooler.

Here are some of my favorites I've looked at online along with where they can be purchased if anyone is interested.

Patchwork Design Hand Fan from Etsy

Hand Painted Spanish Hand Fan

Teal Paper Paddle Fan

Red Wooden Hand Fan

Lace Hand Fan

And here's a link for a lacy crochet pattern that can be placed over the staves of a folding fan:
Crochet pattern for covering hand fan

And instructions for making a fan out of popsicle sticks:

Of course, a piece of cardboard will do when that's all you have (or you could just stick to the air conditioning or electric fan).

Have a great day!



Laney4 said...

I have a black plastic page from a heavy-duty binder, and I use that when I'm having a hot flash. Does the trick every time, although it isn't as pretty as the fans, but I think it's nicer to look at than your piece of cardboard or the popsicle sticks noted above, LOL. (I also have central air that is being used often this week.)

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Elaine, well there you go! Necessity wins. And my central air is running this week, too (can't complain, though. The summer hasn't been excessively warm for us, so I can put up with a week here and there).

Mary Preston said...

My mother always takes a fan to church in summer. She has some truly beautiful fans. Some fold, but my favorite doesn't. It's a Chinese watercolor on silk.

Laney4 said...

Sounds lovely, Mary! I have seen some beautiful ones being used at church as well.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Mary, that sounds lovely! I've come to the fan world late, but now I'm hooked. Some of them are so gorgeous.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

I have yet to see one being used in public, but now I'm going to be on the lookout.