Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ladybugs, bees, and dragonflies

I've now finished the stitching on this piece and I'm ready for a backing and a few lines of quilting. The insects were the last things to do.

Last night and this morning, I put together a tiny dragonfly, about 1 1/2" long.

Neither one is stitched down yet as I will block the piece first and probably put them on before adding the backing.

I quite like the little one made by wrapping a folded piece of 24 gauge wire with a layer of yarn and metallic thread, two tiny beads for eyes.

When I'm working on them, I lower my ironing board and use my sewing chair.

Can you spy the bees and ladybugs?

2 bees, 3 ladybugs.

My favourite bee below.

On top of this, I'm organizing a baby shower for my daughter-- our first grandchild, and it's a boy! We're holding it at the cottage on Prince Edward Island on the last weekend in July. Both parents live and work there and there is lots of family on both sides. I've been busy making lists and running to the dollar store for decorations.

Besides that, a few friends are coming over on Thursday to make glass garden art and bird baths. I've been experimenting with arrangements.

Nothing is glued yet and there's lots more glass pieces not out yet.

I went yard saling last weekend with a friend where we picked up lots of pieces of glass and I also scored these glasses. A friend tells me the ones in the back are depression era. They both fit my hands perfectly and I love the polka dots! I'm thinking they may have come from peanut butter or mustard promotions at one time. I remember having some like that growing up.



Mystic Quilter said...

This is a beautiful work of art Holly and those dragonflies just blow me away!! Reminds me of my childhood playing by the stream in nearby fields with my pals - lots of dragonflies hovering over the water, your piece brings me happy memories! Just sent you an email too!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Your dragonflies are perfectly gorgeous!

Angela said...

Looks fabulous!

Jo Ferguson said...

This is a stunning piece, Holly. It's been a treat to follow along on your design journey. Thanks.

judi said...

Your stitching techniques are really great - and I love the beading!

Laurel's Stitches said...

Your project is continuing along beautifully. Yes, I can spot the bee and ladybug. Your dragon fly is SO nicely made!

Thank you for sharing your progress.

Mereknits said...

Beautiful project Holly. Have a wonderful time creating glass art with your friends.