Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Creative Space



I have a spare cushion innard requiring a cover. I have newly-found smitten-ness for the art of embroidery (by that I mean, I know how to do backstitch and a french knot). I have breathless, I-can’t-wait-for-the-kids-to-get-to-bed enthusiasm for the crafting of a cushion cover.

With linen leftovers and an array of thread spread before me in rainbowed glory, I plotted: I connived. A tendrilled, delicate floral composition of intrinsic, detailed beauty? The tentative flutter of a butterfly wing captured mid-flight? A weather-inspired (yep, it’s still winter) piece of abstract, arty, designery whimsy?

A dead fly?



Dead Fly almost made it on to some museum graphics a couple of years ago and I’ve been hanging on to him since. There wasn’t even a need to consult the digital archives (although this could say more about a general aversion to filing and admin).

I figure I am embarking on a journey* to discover the inherent beauty in the unexpected. Even if this involves an embroidered insect carcass cushioned on my couch and I’m coming over a bit weirdy-like.



* not a word I use lightly, so I must be serious

To navigate a billion more spaces of the creative kind, (including magnetised procrastination), go see Kirsty.

48 comments:

june at noon said...

Um ... Hmmm. There is a dead fly in my windowsill that I have been ignoring because I can't bring myself to touch it, even through a layer of paper towel. I won't be asking for a cushion of my own. :)

Jodie said...

It will definitely be a good conversational piece ;)

It's a weird idea, but I kinda like it :)

Knicky Knacks said...

I love the dead fly. It's fab. Not to everyone's taste I'm sure but I think its quirky, fun and creative. Everyone (including me) has done butterflies to death so bring on the fly, I reacon! Can't wait to see the end product.

Kirsty said...

Super love the dead fly.

Also rather in love with the fact that you're loving the stitching & thinking that the breaking out of the "J" word can only mean you're on the road to some embroidered amazingness. x

Lola Nova said...

I am only disappointed that I didn't think of it first. Hoorah for wierdy-like!

74 Lime Lane said...

love the simplicity of the design and the quirk factor, a statement piece!

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

There is nothing about this that I don't love.

I'm totally with you on the french knots too. Something so completely soothing about stitching a tonne of them.

Little Ted Canvas said...

I love it! There is no end to your talents!

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

Dead Fly looks great - but Man oh Man that is going to be a lot of french knots.

Methinks you may need to break out a thimble.

Amanda said...

fantabulous..Oddly enough this may be the reason I one day learn to do this embroidery thing...

crzylady said...

LOVE THIS and cannot wait to see how it turns out.. because that would be one heck of a lovely halloween cushion (although since most of my halloween items stay out year long....)

OohLookBel said...

Love the first pic of the needle and thread. And dead fly is a bit creepy... how about a moderately-dopey bee instead?

Anna Bartlett said...

I love it too - it's a little bit ink-blot and a lot fly.

Lin said...

I love it! Totally original!

m.e (Cathie) said...

kinda cool in that weird Mrs T kinda way!
you are amazing, looking forward to seeing your journey.

CurlyPops said...

Ha! The dead fly is the bomb... can't wait to see it in all it's finished dead glory.

One Flew Over said...

Out of all the stitches...the frenchie is my fave.

Loving the look of your stitching beginnings x

Andi said...

Never met anyone with more creative juices than you!
A dead fly cushion!!!
Who'da thunk it?

Cindy said...

Gees dude, when you do something - you really do it. That is alot of knots!Who else could tell everyone they have been frenching a dead fly

Stomper Girl said...

Hey, if I ever want to look at a dead fly I can just check out my window runners. No need to put a great big one on a cushion at MY house.

Kylie said...

The black floss against the linen looks divine Tania... funny that when I saw your picture icon on my feeder I thought it was a mosquito! ;) Insects are amazing things. Have fun with your stitchery. Kx

Michelle said...

Gracious but you are a talent woman!

BubzRugz said...

Your stitching is look great - the idea is fantastic - can't wait to see the finished cover. Hugz
Fiona

jolijou said...

it's gonna be a work of art my dear, I know it already!
If the family gets too bothered about it lying on your sofa, maybe mr.big-O would appreciate it for his...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ2H1K_0FXw

Antje said...

the first picture is just breath taking beautiful - even )or maybe because) it has that kind of spooky atmosphere, best Antje

Nikki said...

Loving it.... but then I'm beginning to suspect that we might have been separated at birth or something.

Did you ever see this post? (scroll to the very bottom of it)
http://nicolemdesign.blogspot.com/2008/09/speaking-of-hats.html

Mel said...

Only YOU, YOU could make a dead fly look dead gorgeous!

Have you seen the follow up to that Made in France embroidery book? Think it's called "Black work"? I had it in my hands today and put it back. But your fly is making me think of it again ....

Gina said...

Ahhh. N will be grateful for the asterisk.

I heart the fly. And you came over insane from the very beginning, so no need to cover it up. Embrace those macabre tendencies, baby!

Kate said...

Its brilliant! Completely unexpected beauty.
We put a lice under the microscope here a few days ago. Could you work that into your journey?
Oh and 'gorgeous' by the way.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

there are just no words for my love if this dead fly.

nikkishell said...

Ha! This reminded me of my Mum's cousin who visited us (in the UK) in the 80's from New Zealand. Mum and Dad took her to a disco and she lay on the floor on her back and waved her legs and arms in the air and announced it was the 'Dead Fly' dance. Strange woman.

Oh and i've still not managed to master the French knot. Need lessons!

teddybearswednesday said...

love it, can't wait to see it.
it'll be the best dead fly ever. xo

Sandrine said...

LOL!A dead fly made out of zillion french knots :) I never thought about it...you will always amaze me Tania!I am sure it will look French terrific!:)hehehe (it so funny the number of things that are called french, I had to get out of the country to realise!:)Happy stitching x

A Peppermint Penguin said...
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A Peppermint Penguin said...

Bit weirdy-like you are dear. Yes, indeed.

The only difference between your cushion and modern art is you aren't getting a gazillion dollar grant from an Arts Council for the doing of it. Or are you!? You should! I think I'd go to an exhibition of embroidered dead fly cushions.

And all those french knots are lovely, so textural!

Dead wasps?

What does Middle think of it?

Cheers,
AJ
PS deleted previous version, cos apparently I can't spell.

Fer said...

It's sure to "break the ice at parties"!!

Michelle said...

That is absolutely brilliant, lady. You're a star. Enjoy your journey.

RedRedCompletelyRed said...

What a unique idea! I wonder if you'll do the spider that swallowed the fly, etc., etc., all the way up to the old lady!

RedRedCompletelyRed said...

Yes, indeed-- I've always loved that song! How absurd, to swallow a bird...

Can't wait to see the French-knotted, back-stitched, deceased-old-lady cushion in the near future :)

P.S. I just came across your second birth story, and am just amazed by your inspiringly honest retelling. I'm seven weeks post a rather traumatic birth myself, and the idea of telling my daughter about it in six years and being forgiven is wonderful.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Not sure ....
Lolling against said cushion of an evening , maybe .Putting my head on one , probably not .
But I want to see it before I squeal girlishly . I know it'll be beautifully and exquisitely made ... of course I'll love it!

Bonnie said...

ok...so i am totally intrigued by the dead fly embroidery project! Will you please, please post the completed project?! I am also smitten with embroidery these days. I used to embroider when I was a child...in fact my mother just gave me back my embroidery basket and my old projects were all tucked inside...a teddy bear, a rainbow with my initials...So, last winter I started to get back into it and I am hooked. To me, it is totally soothing and relaxing. I have been afraid to tell others what I am working on right now because, yes, it is a little strange...and silly...but I love it! Since you divulged your dead fly, I know that I can divulge mine...it's Sasquatch, aka Big Foot. Of course there are some pretty flowers all around him! I just love it, and I think the folk lore of Sasquatch is amusing and interesting. It's just fun. When I am finished I am going to frame it with some patchwork quilting and make it into a pillow for my bed. Do you Aussie's have the Big Foot legend in your country?

Leonie Guld said...

Trust you to think of a dead FLY!! LURVE IT....xx

Marcus said...

snort! awesome!! i covet the pattern!

floatingink said...

The fly is wonderful . . . very zen. Is it by any chance a meditation cushion?

GUGAW said...

hmmm i really don't like dead flies...i can't even look at garibaldi biscuits because they look like dead flies.


but i have a feeling you are going to pull this off :)

Jelly Wares said...

Wow!!! This is going to look amazing when it's finished...

Hugs - Jodie :)

Jesse said...

This is going to be great!

grrl + dog said...

it's actually a really cool design -

who knew??