Thursday, July 16, 2009

just for fun before summer's done


It feels like Summer is on it's way out the door with all the 'back to school' sale flyers and the way July turns to August in the blink of an eye. We did manage to squeeze in a particularly amazing evening of firefly catching not long ago. I was lamenting to friends how I had spoiled the evening by insisting we try to take a photo of the jar of fireflies - you know to preserve that magic evening forever and all that. Well, all I ended up doing was bringing the fun to a screeching halt as I fumbled with camera settings and wandered the yard looking for the perfect spot to take the picture. We never did get a good photo.

I concluded that one should stick with what they know so I made an embroidery pattern instead. It's up for grabs here. It's just a tiny little thing - just right for a 4 inch hoop. Here's the fun part though - I used DMC's 'light effects' fluorescent floss for the bugs and holy smokes folks - is that stuff ever bright! It is a little tricky to work with because it is so slick and the threads seem to want to come apart but since I wasn't using very much of it, it didn't drive me too batty. I noticed DMC also sells a glow in the dark floss - how much fun would that be for this?

I used a navy blue linen for the fabric and used a stem stitch for everything but the bugs. For those I used a satin stitch for the bodies and a one little chain stitch for each wing.

So there you have it. Here's to keeping a little bit of Summer all year long.

11 comments:

JulieFrick said...

Love it! Thanks for being so generous and sharing!

awesomeave said...

Saw this in the flickr group - I've been wanting to do fireflies ("lightning bugs" here in the South) for my son as a surprise. So cute!

RosaMarĂ­a said...

is beautiful!!

smallgrapes said...

It is gorgeous and sooo perfect on that blue linen.

Olivia said...

Magical! Thanks for the pattern! Now...if only I could embroider. ;)

SSS said...

I've used the glow in the dark floss you mentioned - it really is a lot of fun! I made a monster with a glow in the dark eye and tooth. the kids loved it.

Melissa Crowe said...

I love this!

Glenda said...

Dang, that is really cute, Corinne!! What a great idea to use fluorescent floss for the bugs' bodies.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Corinne, these are tremendous. No photo could be more lovely. If only I had the skills you have: I'd set down my camera forever (or for a day or two, anyway.)

Sam said...

Ok, here is my dumb question (I'm new to embroidery). How do you transfer the design onto the dark fabric. I'm making a quilt for my sister-in-law of all thing about my nephews and this would be PERFECT for one of the squares. My nephew Carson loves catching bugs!

Michelle said...

Adorable! I think I'll start one tonight, so I can remember our summer nights, which are quickly coming to a close. Thanks for offering your embroidery patterns! I stumbled across your blog from Craft Gossip, and I'm so glad I found it!