Friday, February 21, 2014

Extreme Closeups!

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This is going to be the last update of Dragonfly and Corncockle for the month.
I actually finished all the stems after I took this picture, but I was too lazy to take another one. =)

I was not too lazy, however, to play around with my macro lens!
More blue beetle, because I can't get enough of this little bugger. And also because he's the only little bugger that's done so far!

You can even see the buttonhole stitches around the edge of his shell in this one.

This weird-looking thing is a bud of the flower.
Since I took these pictures, I've stitched the stem up to the bud.

Those crazy sepals are worked by weaving the silk through a bent loop of wire.
Inside, you can see a rolled-up petal representing the bud of the flower. I'll be able to bend the sepals once the piece is done to try to make it look more natural.

Here's a shot from the bottom of the bud, where you can see the first of the three loooong bullion knots that carry the sepals back along the bud to the stem.

Since I learned to turn up the f-stop, the macro lens is working great with the needlework shots. Now if I can just get it working that well with the orchid shots....


Jackie's Stitches said...

I seriously love that flower bud!

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Chris said...

Amazing stitching!!!

Chris said...

Amazing stitching!!!

gracie said...

Beautiful...I love that blue beetle.

Marsha said...

Wow! That bug is cool beans!

Shebafudge said...

Oh wow, wow, wow! Those photos are amazing! The beetle and bud look incredible. I can't believe the detail you can see. THANK YOU!!!!

Julie said...

Such a lot of work and so delicate and beautiful.... love it.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

They really are excellent photos! That beetle in particular is stunning. Are the beads just standard sized Mill Hills?

woolwoman said...

This piece is stunning Heather! you rock ! Mel

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