Monday, May 9, 2011

Seeing BUGS

I have been stitching bugs and unlike most quilters I don't seem to have a large collection of thread, I think this is going to have to change. Some of them have been stitched using regular embroidery floss and I am finding that since this piece is being handled a lot, the thread is looking a bit "hairy", not liking this at all. You can see what I mean with this spider and flying insect.Then I began using a single strand of some machine embroidery threads I have, they look like rayon but are actually polyester. I have stitched them in a style similar to Kantha stitching inspired by a piece Bev White showed us. Here they have been done in positive/negative for a rather interesting effect.

I have now added a very thin layer of batting and plan to do some hand quilting on this piece. Great for relaxing outside on the deck.

15 comments:

Joan said...

What beautiful bugs you have there... Loving the black and white. Look forward to seeing your hand quilting.

beth said...

I love your bugs!!!

Karen S said...

Love these bugs -- the black and white is such a cool choice.

Vicki W said...

Your bugs are fantastic!

Createology said...

Your stitching is exquisite. I see what you mean by the floss getting hairy however there are many hairy spiders. The positive negative are truly interesting. This is the perfect reason to expand your thread collection. :o) Marvelous May to you...

Needled Mom said...

Great looking bugs!!!!

connie said...

Great black and white bugs!!! I hate spiders though.... ewwww. I couldn't stitch one of these. The stitching is wonderful.

Robbie said...

Sooooooooo Cool!!!!!! I just love this piece and your bugs!!! Hand quilting!! I'm impressed even more than I thought you could impress me!!

Diane J. Evans said...

Love the positive/negative effect. You know, DMC cotton embroidery floss doesn't "beard" like your floss seems to be doing. If the cotton is mercerized, it should be smooth when stitched. I'd be happy to send you a skein, if you don't have access to that brand.

As always, your work is phenomenal.

Diane

Wendy said...

Your stitching is wonderful.....try using perle #8 thread as it does not get hairy with handling.....can't wait to see this little quilt finished.....

Clare Wassermann said...

Your bug-catcher quilt is lovely. You might try silk to stitch with it's lovely. I guess you draw your bugs first?

Stilin Studio said...

I love these bugs!! You are such a great embroiderer - VERY NICE! Can't wait to see what else you've been up to!

Royce said...

Your hand work is great. I'm not very good at hand embroidery. Love the 2 color backgrounds - great inspirations.

Gabriela said...

Hi! A little advice....When using delicate thread use a shorter piece of thread...this will minimize the times the thread has to go in and out of the cloth and stop fraying....Here are some lovely threads form a great company in Canada...www.treenwaysilks.com

Quilter Kathy said...

Very cool hairy creatures...I think that is how they look in real life! They are not shiny and flat...they are hairy and 3D...great job! Doesn't it creep you out to stitch the bugs?!?

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