Saving The Butterflies

 

Inachis io - (European) peacock

Inachis io – (European) peacock, picture taken last weekend

This project has been lying around The Boudoir for quite a while now. I think I’ve started it more than ten years ago, stitched the first ten butterflies and a bit of #11 and left it. The project, the pattern as well as my draft and my notes were scattered in different places. Recently after putting it onto my project list, I began to collect the pieces which wasn’t an instant success. But by now they have all turned up.

This morning I had another flash of inspiration. Call it madness, but I’m going to get it off my list. Avis and Claire, joined now by Gun, are in the middle of a SAL. I’m not going to join officially but will try to stitch along until my butterflies are complete.

The original pattern had a little country house in the center with the butterflies all around. I’m not sure of the exact source as I didn’t keep the magazine, but from the sheets I’ve still got it must have been the German craft magazine Lena. There were other houses in that series, I’ve also got one with autumn leaves/branches and mushrooms. (Where’s my Tardis?) :)

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I made my own pattern, just the butterflies without the house. Copying bits of the pattern, some serious counting, and sticking all of the tiny pieces to a background were the next steps.

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This is how far I got. Just four and a half more to got plus all of the outlines and antennae.

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The Reef – April

Welcome to the next issue of The Reef, introducing one specimen from my secret reef located on the western shore of the Baltic Sea each month – as quantities last and new species are detected. :)

Lana-amidia mollis julii
Ribbed goblet sponge

Lana-amidia mollis julii

Lana-amidia mollis julii

Easily to be missed in the dim light of the western Baltic Sea, the ribbed goblet sponge has only been discovered recently. Height 9 cms with a diameter of 8 cms.

Exhibition: Nancy Crow + Color Improvisations – Pt. 2

Some more pictures from last year’s exhibition at Tuch & Technik in Neumünster, Germany. I’ve focused on the quilting and mostly made detail shots. The first part is here.

Seeing The Light by Melisse Laing

Seeing The Light by Melisse Laing

Aurora Borealis by Mary Lou Alexander

Aurora Borealis by Mary Lou Alexander (detail)

Edge #6 by Marina Kamenskaya

Edge #6 by Marina Kamenskaya (detail)

Amphorae III by Barbara Bugliani

Amphorae III by Barbara Bugliani (detail)

Earth #29 by Janet Schultz

Earth #29 by Janet Schultz (detail)

Ode To Mindy by Nancy Cordry

Ode To Mindy by Nancy Cordry (detail)

The Reef – March

Welcome to the first issue of The Reef which will from now on replace Coral of the month. As not all of the species I introduced in the past were corals I thought it was about time to rename the series. I will continue to introduce one specimen from my secret reef located on the western shore of the Baltic Sea each month – as quantities last and new species are detected. :)

Cotonamidia polyestrum julii
Spanish Dancer sea-anemone

Cotonamidia polyestrum julii

Cotonamidia polyestrum julii

Another species of the local reef. 20 cms long with a diameter of 11 cms, this sea anemone resembles a sea slug known as Spanish dancer but belongs to the carpet anemones.

Blanket Week

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Teddy proudly presents his finished Ten Stitch blanket (Yes, I do have patchwork covers – a gift)

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Jule proudly presents the first five finished rows of the Rainbow blanket (looks better than expected, although I had to work out the pattern again on the even rows)

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Pauli will at some time in the future proudly present his Ripple blanket (I frogged the beginning of the knitted project and am now crocheting)