Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Creative Space: No Flies On Me



I’ve been crafting at the rate of (french) knots this last week and have a completed dead fly to show for myself. I’ve never seen the Mr so enthusiastic over anything I’ve made before – which goes to show we’re all a bunch of weirdos around here. He has also suggested that I french knot us a new living room rug.

Excitingly, I have discovered that a 180 degree twirl can dramatically revive a fly.



Dead or alive, there has been serious second-thinking on the destiny of Fly. I’ve developed a fondness for the critter. Any cushion in this house, is almost entirely utilised as soft fall landing for surreptitious dive bombers off the couch. There were a lot of knots you know.



In case you’d like to gain a greater understanding of how many knots (which, I admit, was an enjoyable, extended exercise in crafty, goggle-eyed therapy), here is some scale reference for your viewing pleasure:



So, while I did source fly-spotted fabric co-ordinates for cushion backings and whatnot...



...what if there’s a grander, wittier destiny? Something involving fly swats?



Pop by and visit Kirst (who, incidentally, can teach a mean french knot) for more Spacery of the Creative kind.

77 comments:

sooz said...

Your kind of weird, I like.
Though I am a little slack jawed with awe right now over the whole, er, enterprise.

Little Ted Canvas said...

I love it!..and I love the fly swat idea, brilliant!

74 Lime Lane said...

fabulous, i love the co-ordinating fabrics too, love the whole mix-up

Mel said...

And again I say only you, YOU could now make me want to literally dip my hand through the screen to PET A DEAD FLY!! He looks so fluffy and cute ... sort of. I love where you're headed with this .... bzzzzzzzzzz

One Flew Over said...

The fly is one of the most exceptional crafty things I have seen.

He is too good for a cush...I stand by my wall hanging idea.

crzylady said...

GORGEOUS I love it. It really is stunning and I hope becomes a lovely framed piece for everyone to enjoy.. and feel :)
and, yes, kirsty taught me my french knots..

Maxabella said...

Unique and fabulous if you ask me. I'm seeing flies in a whole new light. x

Bonnie said...

Well, I am seriously impressed! The fly turned out fantastic! I cannot believe how many french knots you made! Holy balls that's a lot. I'm still working on my Sasquatch!

Nan said...

I nearly put my head through the computer with the excitement of this. I vote for a wall of members of the insect world in black and you could pin them as if they were in an entomologist's trophy cabinet. Oh, the gothic, ghoulish pleasure of it all!

Sarah said...

I love this fly so much! Personally I would frame it and hang it on the wall (plus a fly swat if you so choose). I am very impressed, my foray into embroidery did not produce anything so beautiful :-)

Kylie said...

Oh. wow. I really love it Tania... I mean REALLY love it. Your macro shot is a feast :) Kx

june at noon said...

Wow. I am in awe. I once filled a very small poodle outline with French knots and that about did me in! I still hate dead flies, especially when my daughter brings them to me in her hand, but this is pretty awesome. (And, I like weird!)

Leah said...

WOW WOW and WOW. Amazing. Love it

Marcus said...

Holy crap! That is truly awe-inspiring. I'm tempted to try to copy it - with attribution, naturally ;-)

BubzRugz said...

So unusual and so effective.... I think it is great.... Hugz

Tas said...

Wow, that is one impressive fly (and I can honestly say that I have never felt that way about a fly before... )

Lola Nova said...

I am breathless, as in can't breathe...I am choking on my covetousness. Brilliant!

thornberry said...

Oh. My. Goodness. That is some fly! The french knots are just so tactile, love the satin stitch, never has a dead fly been so appealing. Love love love it!

sweet emmelie said...

so, so cool. I love it!!

Tam @ 1/4 of an inch said...

You know what i think about this, AMAZING...I'd nickname ya French-NUT if only you were French!

Kirst is right, you capture the texture beautifully. Love the swat idea...but does that mean it would involve another zillion Frenchies?

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Sally said...

Marvelous. Bloomin' marvelous!
(I'd never thought I'd write that about a fly)
Do you know the song about the woman who swallowed a fly? I think you might enjoy it.

Amanda said...

I totally get the hesitation for the coushion, it would definitely fare the same way in this house. But I just love love love the thought of it sitting so innocently on your couch awaiting a strangers backside. As they reach around to retrieve the pillow pull it out and shriek with disgust and awe all at the same time. ha ha..Just can't get that image out of my head when I look at it. Sigh...A fly swatter idea would be marvelous too...:P

Michelle said...

Amazing - I think it deserves to be a wall hangin, and the fly swat idea is awesome.

Anna Bartlett said...

Maybe a GIANT flyswatter ... the whole couch could be a flyswatter.... there could be a FOREST of flyswatters! ah! So many ideas!

flowerpress said...

My vote's for a cushion. I'd love to see it styled in amongst a stack of chintz and tassels.
The fly spot coordinating fabrics are the genius final touch to the whole project! Completely mad ;-)

JenMeister said...

I'll add my voice to the multitudes... I love how this turned out! Much more interesting than all the dead fruit flies I had to look at through microscopes during my studies... I also would love to run my fingers over the design!

CurlyPops said...

You've rendered me completely speechless... or should that be typeless. That is a work of ART and PATIENCE in the extreme. Love it!

jolijou said...

you could skirt it my dear. but then again, you'd probably have people with gigantic fly swats chasing after you...(I for one, would enjoy your recollections of that picture, but I'm not sure you would).
great knotting-business!! I'm once again in awe of the perfectionism!!
x andrea

A Peppermint Penguin said...

No flies on you! (sorry)

Yer a genius. A mad genius. That is ART that is.

Cheers,
AJ

Knicky Knacks said...

Love it, love it, love it. So, when do you start on the dead moth?!

Andi said...

You are a completely freaky genius type person. (Slight emphasis on the freaky ... but in a good way)
;)

Sue said...

Classic! It's important to keep your flies up.

Stomper Girl said...

Or you could make it a pillowcase and have a hungry looking spider on the doona cover? (Sleep well under that one!)

I love the flyswat design though.

Kirsty said...

Go the swat.

I love your frenchie fly. JUST SO MUCH.

Jenni said...

wow!!! what a stunning bit of knottery. Brilliant!

Posie Patchwork said...

That are a billion French knots worth of crazy dead fly going on there . . . looks incredible. Love Posie

Vic said...

Oh. My. God. Tania, that is AMAZING. I frikkin love it - no idea what you should do with it, it WOULD be a great cushion, but it's also art, and so, so, SO much work...

Wow.

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

You are AWESOME and totally unpredictable.

Love it.

bec said...

WOW. Amazing, that would have driven me nuts! Is that fly-swat actually fabric? Cos you could head over to Spoonflower, or get some inkjet printable fabric...but you've probably thought of that by now!

Jodie said...

Come and live in my street !!! Bring the kids, bring the Mr and bring the giant head !
I want to share some crazy with you !!!

Catherine said...

I'd never realised a dead fly could be so exciting and awe inspiring, but it really is!

Jodie said...

and I'm back for another look.....

Michelle said...

You are truly amazing. You know that, don't you? I hope so!!

teddybearswednesday said...

I never though I would love a dead fly so much, I could look at it all day.
It's trulyl amazing Tania, a work of art ( and many french knots.)
You're a freak, but that's a huge compliment. xo

Fer said...

So your mind is a-buzz with ideas? (sorry, couldn't resist!)

Megan said...

wow, that is a absolutely tremendously large and huge amount of french knots.

fly swat definitely needed. i'll be interested to see how you incorporate the two..

Cindy said...

The lengths that some people will go to to avoid weaving in 300 granny square/circles is really quite amazing - avoidence looks really good on you

Julie said...

Thee is something so strangely appealing about your dead fly. ;-)

ANKH said...

From one odd-ball to another: You rock! I don't have the self-discipline to do what you've done! Kudos! :)

~ANKH

floatingink said...

Who knew a dead fly could be so very elegant? I think it is (and you are) brilliant.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I never thought I'd say this about a dead fly .... but he's very fine !!
And I think your husband's rug making idea is inspired . Does he plan to help?
Sonata .

Rainbow Child said...

hehe love it! have featured you on my blog today

www.rainbowchildcraft.blogspot.com

Mama Mogantosh said...

I bow in awe to your creepy talent Tania. And I have linked to you on my blog, if you want to play the Happiness 101 thing. Thanks for the funnies!

heather said...

that is so gross. and it is really really beautiful somehow too. i love that your husband loves it so much. that is the kind of thing david would like too. no idea what a french knot is though!!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I have actually thought about this often over theweek wondering what it will look like. ( I know. Get. a. life.) however i KNOW the work that went into that I know the hours curled on the couch that this took and I applaud you. I applaud the work, the idea and the flyswat is just to fabulous. It can't go on a cushion- it is a work of art.

jo so and sew said...

It looks AMAZING Tania!
(Next time I reckon get some PVA and poppy seeds...my lazy alternative...)

PottyMouthMama said...

I flipping love you.

nikkishell said...

LOVE IT!

elly bee said...

I guess the little boy is quiet happy with a dead fly cushion cover with his interest in creapy crawlies.

It looks lovely (and you might try a french notted dead mice by now).

ebxx

Maggie May said...

how you made a fly adorable is beyond me.

Gina said...

Holy crap!

Sandrine said...

OH lala!that is a lots of knots!My eyes would sting:)
I still have not develop a love of the flies (specially living in very isolated WA ground full of the thingy!), but I like yours :)xx

clare's craftroom said...

I.Love.it ! All of it ,fly , flyswatter , brilliant !

Lauren said...

I have no idea how you did that, but I love it. Really appeals to the sense of humour around here... Love where you're heading with the fly swat too :)

Karin van D. said...

Haha, you keep surprising me with the things you make and do and say. The fly is great, I'm impressed with all the French knots!

Kaylovesvintage said...

oh...the best
love it

Kaylovesvintage said...

oh...the best
love it

Cherie said...

Gadzooks this would have to be the most gorgeous fly ever - fabulous, you're so very clever, well done ;-)

zofia said...

truly amazing! I am slack-jawed!

dogsmom said...

Ahhh the power of the internet, without which I would have missed this post. That someone, somewhere had the idea, the inclination, and the follow through to create a huge fly from french knots.

Jesse said...

LOVE it!!

sophie said...

oh my lord Tania it's freaking amazing! who knew a fly could be so BEAUTIFUL!!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

You really are such a fabulously crazy woman! xxx

Cindy Cooksey said...

Very quirky and original! Love it.

dash robin said...

Sometimes the universe moves in mysterious ways...I was cursing french knots after lots of failed attempts.So went bloggin' for some light relief...to find a link via kootoyoo to your dead fly french knot work with link back to kootoyoo french knot tutorial!!
And I can do them now! But back to subject at hand-the fly, I am just stunned- the billions of french knots...it's all tooo good, too funny. Such fun reading the other comments too!
Thank you!

Naturally Carol said...

I shall add my voice to the chorus of admirers! I think you are fly-ing in the face of all sensibilities but have done a brilliant job of it. Personally love the cushion idea, has an element of mischief to it. PS. My 'dry the dishes' tea towel has been put to work slavishly and is quickly softening her touch!

SJNorris said...

Did you ever finish the french knot area rug? Would love to see a picture? I french knot dollhouse miniature rugs using 1 strand of floss. What type of yarn did you use?