When ever people look at section 25 of the For Love of Stitching band sampler the area people notice first is the praying mantis. I saw a pattern in Inspirations 36 (page 63). I did not have a single thread that was recommended so I decided to adjust the design accordingly. In the end it ended up that I pretty well re-designed it!
I thought you might like to see the journal page I did associated with it. I went online and looked at photos of praying mantis. One photo that made the beastie look too fat and another that made the poor thing look to thin and evil. One had a long wing the other had a shorter wing. I decided that obviously different types of praying mantis have different proportions so that a little artistic license was not going to ruin my fellow.
I made my thread choices and noted them next to samples. As I stitched I noted what stitches I used and a photo of the final beastie was included on the page. I also made notes for improving him. I think he is too large and next time I would angle the body higher so he looks like he is sitting up looking at you more.
This section of the sampler was worked during 2007.
The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide. It consists of different strips of fabric which are are stitched together to form one long strip. It currently measures 24.8 yards or 22.75 metres long and I have more bands to add.
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