I’m shoe-horning two posts into one today, as I was so productive last weekend that I have loads of new stuff to show you, work in progress and new jewellery. So here’s a double dose:
Mr. Toad, what a grumpy fellow you are.
So I started off finding this too-charming little vintage Toad illustration, the shape of it being perfect for a bit of jewellery. His construction was more challenging than I predicted given the relative simplicity of the drawing. Do I use silk or cotton? I was so proud of my March Hare just using single strand cotton in split stitch that I was tempted to take the same approach. But then I had just the right shade of toady olive green varigated silk too, so I went with that.
I think the design is so sweet I will be doing a version in cotton too anyway. The silk gives a nice display of colour but not easy to control the details.
What is the difference between a toad and a frog anyway? Apparently they are the same species but a different family. Toads walk rather than hop, and they have posion glands behind their eyes.
Maybe the Toad and the Beetle are rivals and have a poison-battle!
I’m really into doing these little bugs. This is a bigger little bug. I found this vintage German educational ‘Fauna Botanica’ print which served as inspiration:
I did the markings in split stitch, the legs in back stitch and the wing case in satin stitch.
Obviously the call of the silks box meant I had to colour him in more vibrant shades.
Doesn’t sorting out all your threads onto cards and arranging them like an anal retentive make you deliriously happy?
It was a salve to my nerves after the high drama of my shop relaunch this past weekend. I’d ordered a few bags of very fine silk from my fave shop 21st Century Yarns, along with shade cards of all the beautiful hand dyed colours they do, so I was like the proverbial pig.
But now I am officially OPEN I can’t be sitting around winding colours for long, oh no no no.
I call him the Saffron Beetle, after the colour silk he is made of. He was very pleasing to make, with sort of back-stitch cotton spots, and satin-stitch body in silk. I am already making him a friend called the Aquarius Beetle. They are travelling beetles and tell Mother Eagle lots of secrets.