Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Another busy weekend has passed but I did manage to get some stitching done. When I first started the embroidery on the luna moth (from January's TIF Challenge), I decided to use variegated thread for the veins in the wings. I'm not sure if that was the right decision. I think a single, soft green strand of floss would have given it a more delicate feel; however, it is looking better since I added the purple trim.
Right wing partial
The purple trim is done with 3 strands of silk floss laid very close together. Rather labor intensive, I must say... I'm going to try and get the other wing in the same shape before this weekend. It's really starting to look like a luna moth!

I have been fascinated by luna moths since I was a kid. When I was young, I read "Girl of the Limberlost" by Gene Stratton Porter, in which luna moths are featured, and it just built from there. When we lived in Louisiana, I found two (at two different times) amongst the pine trees on Fort Polk. The second one had just come out of its chrysalis and I spent quite some time on a morning in June holding it while its wings expanded. It was very cool. Love 'em!

That's all for now. I think I need to up my creative time so I get more done. These posts are getting shorter and shorter and more and more boring. Hope to be back soon!


Rian said...

It's lookin good!

Allison Ann Aller said...

You are never boring, Marty!

Threadspider said...

I echo Allie's comments- never boring and well worth waiting for. Good to know someone else who loves to watch butterflies and moths emerging from a chrysalis.

Susan said...

Oh, no, I definitely like the variegated thread! Nature is variegated! How pretty that purple silk is, too.

That book was one of my favorites for a long, long time! I'd actually like to read it again, I think. I'll check the library this summer, but it's undoubtedly not there.

Rissa said...

The moth is looks great!

Candi said...

The moth is looking wonderful and I love he variegated thread!

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