Thursday, April 23, 2009

Spiders 2 RR, Kerry's block

I was the first to get to work on Kerry's block. It is done mostly in dupioni silks and has a central patch with a tulip print in beautiful spring colors. So hard to decide which space to occupy when the whole thing is screaming, "Stitch here, stitch here!" Finally I decided on the upper left corner and planted a lavender lace motif that is a part of some trim I bought in Denver last September at the CQ retreat. It was very expensive stuff, if I recall correctly, about $30 a yard, but really exquisite. I used some hand-dyed green trim to meander around a second patch. Then I added some SRE loop flowers in the darkest purple on the block, and some pink variegated roses and lavender detached chain buds.
I recently was given a gift of some vintage silk twist threads, so I used them to make some very dainty feather stitch vines and cast-on flowers. The web is done in metallic sewing thread, so you have to look closely to see it. The spider is my usual 2-bead variety, but done in dark purple (I know that Mother Nature color-coordinates her creatures to help them hide from predators or prey, but this may be stretching that just a bit!). Last, I added a bee up in the largest loop, and she's color-coordinated too; gold and dark purple!
As always, you can click on the picture for a close-up.
This block will be making a world tour over the next 5 months, as it goes next to Nevada (USA), then Nederland, then Italy, back to USA in Oregon, and finally home to Alberta, Canada.

4 comments:

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Thank you for the work you did on my block Janet - I love it! That trim is gorgeous and I thank you for bestowing my block with some of it! (I know how hard it is - I have a bead I paid $12. for that I am having a really hard time using on anything! So I feel honoured! I love the spider and the delicate web, the gorgeous feather stitch and flowers, etc. Actually I love it all - thank you!
HUgs,
Kerry

Cathy K said...

Janet, what exquisite stitching. I love your color-coordinated critters. And that trim is to die for! You have an excellent eye for color! Hugs, Cathy

Judy S. said...

Hmmmm...maybe you discovered a new breed of spider? I just made a rose-colored one...perhaps they're related? As always, I love your stitching, Janet!

Ruby said...

Gorgeous, as is the norm with your work. I suppose I'll begin to like spiders after awhile. I like the garden variety in real life. Have no use for others. Daddy long legs is tolerable. Since my DH is a beekeeper I really must learn to do a bee (or a dozen). :) Ruby