WIP Wednesday: moths have arrived

After last week’s playing around, I decided on placement for the moths and started sewing them on.

Art quilt WIP

I decided to do this by hand, so that I could get a less uniform look to the stitching. (Also, lifting the presser foot a billionty times for each of these did not sound like fun.) I am super pleased with the result!

Art quilt WIP

I don’t do much hand sewing very often, but I find it really in-the-zone-putting when I do make time for it. Note to self: do more hand-stitching! I watched a ton of Jane AKA maidensuit‘s videos about Blythe stuff while I did this stitching and the time flew by. I also got inspired to make the skirts that I posted about on Monday!

Art quilt WIP

I used a variety of freehand stitch patterns to sew these moths on, and I pretty much stuck to just sewing on their bodies (thoraxes? thoraces? thesauri?) and then adding the antennae. I may decide to do some more stitching on the wings, especially of some of the larger ones that want to flop around more – I’m still considering what I want to do with that.

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minty fresh

The mint is blooming like crazygonuts, and it’s been absolutely filled with insects enjoying the sweetness. It was mega sunny (not to mention swelteringly hot) yesterday, but we managed to get a little bit of decent footage.

You really can’t get the sense of just how many insects are in this area unless you’re actually here, but trust me when I say there are dozens at any given moment. Possibly over a hundred!

I took some close-up shots of some of the insects. I’m not sure what any of them are for certain.

Some sort of wasp?

unidentified insect on the mint

A moth?

unidentified insect on the mint

A very delicate blue butterfly?
EDIT: Identified! Summer Azure Celastrina neglecta

unidentified insect on the mint

A fly? Bee?
EDIT: possibly a Bot Fly

unidentified insect on the mint

This might be the same guy from a different angle:

unidentified insect on the mint

A bee:
EDIT: identified! Yellow Jacket Wasp

unidentified insect on the mint

And I think this one might be a Great Black Wasp (Katydid Killer):

unidentified insect on the mint

I can’t fathom how skinny this thing is:

unidentified insect on the mint

If anyone knows what any of these insects are, I’d love to know.

Lots more photos at Flickr.

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