You may be getting an inkling of my obsession with dragons. For my mother it is owls and butterflies that fly most often delight her eye.
I make a things for my mother with that in mind.
This lace butterfly is for me the hardest and best piece of lace I have ever made. It is quite small and required the smallest crochet hook I have ever seen to join some of the sections as it progressed.
Made with very fine thread the danger of it snapping was a constant threat (which sadly happened more than once, requiring taking out hours of work to join in a new thread) and each picio (that is the loop bits on the edge required one of the working pair of bobbins to be unwound, hooked through, and rewound .
There were times I though I would never finish and should never have started.
And when I presented it to my mother, the ultimate compliment, she thought one of the experienced ladies at the lace class had made it! I was so pleased it did not look amateur, it took me months.