Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Nature's Little Architects
When Nicolette announced this theme, my first thought was to depict a well-known building or bridge. But naw, I wanted something to add to the challenge of the theme. Okay call me crazy. So then I thought about using a landmark…that’s a structure right? I thought about several possibilities and considered Stonehenge might work. A friend had suggested it when she learned that I was having trouble picking something.
My epiphany came while watching a nature program about bees. No I’m not inclined to watch nature programs. I was channel surfing and there was nothing else worth watching... but I digress. At one point the announcer said “watch nature’s little architects busily working within the hive…” That was all it took.
So here is my depiction of the architecture of the inside of a hive with the “little architects” busy at their construction.
I was at a bit of a loss on how to create the little critters, but some felt, angelina and embroidery floss did the trick. Here is a close up of the bees.
During this challenge I learned some valuable lessons. Besides the lesson "start earlier" I also learned to experiment a lot more with various "supplies" to achieve the look I was attempting to portray. Stitching through fused fabric by hand was not an easy task; another lesson. Final lesson learned...your quilt really does tell you what it needs, if you only listen.
I ready to listen to what the next quilt is going to tell me.