Monday, December 20, 2010

A One-Legged Chicken, a Runaway Dog and an (Almost) Inhaled Earwig



This is my ode to one-legged chickens.



I started a Christmas Beetle but it didn’t quite fit the mood. Too...hmn...finicky...or something.



But then when I’d finished with the embroidered representation of the side view of a chook, I realised I’d been (clumsily) channelling the glorious work of Diem Chau, something I’d been clucking over a few weeks ago. I’m a bit uncomfy about this. Though I did really enjoy that sketchy, not-perfect, entirely impractical, break-the-rules, embroidered bizzo.

This is my ode to runaway dogs.



I always barrack for them on the quiet. As long as they remember to look before they cross the road and get home safely before dark and don’t do weird things like gatecrash someone’s house and then wee on the almost-dry washing hanging on their line*.



I have not stitched an ode to an (almost) inhaled earwig. I just thought I’d mention it because even though it happened a few nights ago, it’s still making (almost) all, at chez Myrtleandeunice, chuckle. The Mr, who is a big, strong, hearty sort of fellow, is asthmatic. He usually takes a preventative puff on his inhaler before bed. On the night in question, I was two rooms away. I heard the inhale, followed by a teeny, delicate whimper. A minute later, a pale, stricken Mr appeared, to debrief a throaty and traumatic encounter with a wiggly, who upon its projectiled escape, scuttled away to see another earwiggy day.

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PS. Yes. I should be Christmas pressie crafting.

* A whole ’nother story

30 comments:

1/4 of an inch said...

DIVINE as always lovely girl...xxt

ps Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family, and all the very best for a wonderful New Year.

BubzRugz said...

Those are great.... I love the runaway dog....
Hugz

Holli said...

I love the run away dog!! SO great! :)

Kylie said...

Oh wow... I'm still speechless at Diem Chau's work - I've never heard of her before and I'm feeling the lack of this education! ;) Simply and totally divine!... as is your channelling, Mrs. Although, I think you definitely have your own style babe - a stitched outline doth not make a channel really... if you know what I mean? Gorgeous stitchery, Tania, and commiserations to the Mr :(
Kx

Andi said...

I love a good ode.
And yours are the greatest!!!
xx

Stomper Girl said...

The thought of having an earwig halfway down my gullet is making me retch. Your poor Mister! I hope you don't give up on the Christmas beetle all together...

CurlyPops said...

Houdini would love your runaway dog embroidery!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

The chicken doesn't look one legged to me.... agreed dog freedom in spirit - but not round here, they never have leads to start with (mumble, mumble).

It's kinduva shame though - I would like to see an embroidered Ode to the Nearly Inhaled Earwig. Definitely wouldn't have helped his asthma though!

There was a story I loved when I was wee - must look out the book, something about Charlie having a fly in his ear...

Fer said...

he he he he....

Although I can't agree with the runaway doggie thing. Especially when your dog gives you that look over her shoulder that clearly says "Ha! Can't catch me!!!"

teddybearswednesday said...

I love both your odes in stitching, but am a wee bit disappointed not to see the almost inhaled earwig- c'mon I know you can do it!

Nikki said...

Lovin' that loose and free doggy embroidery. Lovely loose and free linework.....

nikkishell said...

Eww your poor fella!
BTW, i'm coming to craftcamp in Feb armed with embroidery thread. I want you to teach me how to do the perfect french knot. :)

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the chicken stitchin' made my lost mojo stir.....

Tas said...

Oh what a cool doggie. But ew! Creepy crawlies up orifices do make me shudder...

Needled Mom said...

Oh gag!!!! How dreadful!! I do love the chicken and the dog odes.

Mel said...

Why is it that whatever you decide to stitch suddenly makes me "want one". I've always thought chickens a bit scary (something about the quick head movements. Same reason I hate monkeys) but your chook is standing so proudly ... just makes me want her! And the earwig story is priceless .. and gross. Bet the middle kid loved it.

p.s stop blogging would ya? Making the rest of us (or just me) look really bad.

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Man, you can stitch!
Bloody awesome chook but I love the dog (having one here that enjoys the escapist trot if the opportunity presents itself - oblivious to the panic and anxiety that he causes)
Feeling sorry for your mister - earwigs should NEVER cross from external to internal...yuk!

Kaylovesvintage said...

oh the dog is so cute

- come over and we swap gifts and sit in my living room and talk about the weather

june at noon said...

I love them! They're just my style, and I'm a huge fan of the red touches.

sophie said...

No way - did he really swallow an earwig?? I have swallowed a fly before and it is the grossest feeling ever, EVER!

I love the runaway dog, I love the whole happy go lucky vibe it's giving me - just perfect!

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

I'm feeling slightly uncomfortable remembering times of almost swallowing and even actually swallowing flies in my time.... it really is very disconcerting. hope he has recovered!

Lola Nova said...

Your one legged chicken has an eye up to heaven at first glance, as if sending up a slightly beleaguered prayer. Upon closer inspection however, the chook looks as though a plan may be a-hatching. What is that one-legged chicken up to I wonder?

Reminds me of a show down I had with a one-eyed rooster, whom I knocked unconscious with my rattlesnake stick but, that's a whole 'nother story.

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

HAhahahaha...my friend enjoyed her hot milo one day...right until the last sip when she found a cockroach in the bottom of the mug...I've never seen eating in reverse quite like it... still makes me giggle randomly. Loving you one legged chook - lovely stitchery there T. Merry Christmas to you and yours. P

Sandrine said...

Love your thread work, realy fresh.Poor Mr!The other day I Think I swallowed a mosquito (actually I hope it was not something grosser) while running it felt like a huge thing horrible!:)

Chantal said...

Love the dog. I can see the sense of freedom in his stride!

Suse said...

Love the chook, but you ARE going to finish the beetle, aren't you? (she said, plaintively)

kelly said...

When I had my first baby, my two springer spaniels broke into my bedroom whilst I was in hospital giving birth.

They laid all over the bed when they were covered big, cow pat stinking mud and then worked out how to open my knicker draw and eat the contents.

It was all the husbands fault as he forgot to put them in their run whilst I was water breaking and contrationing my way to the car....I suppose he had other things on his mind.

Jamie said...

love the giant toilet paper roll snowflake! i made a wreath out of them too, inspired by the same thing :)

http://sytpaper.blogspot.com/2010/12/diy-toilet-paper-roll-wreath.html

Amanda said...

Seriously utterly amazed with all this stitchery..The dog is supreme and that chook is just freakin great...LOVE

Anonymous said...

They're beautiful! I really love them both. They look very original/individual :)
and I have a one legged chicken! ;)