If Bugs don’t make you hop, you’re buggin’

Anyone recognize the quote from the Space Jam soundtrack? Anyone else actually own the Space Jam soundtrack? Yeah, I didn’t think so…

Okay, so maybe the “Bugs” in the quote is Bugs Bunny, but this post is all about the other kind of bugs. That’s right, today I’m featuring 2 insect needlepoints.

This dragonfly I made for my cousin for her high school graduation two years ago. She really loves dragonflies…so much so that she tattooed one onto her hip. When I saw this piece a few months before her graduation, I knew I had to pick it up and stitch it for her.

First, the unframed photo


And now the framed version. I LOVE how this one was framed. My cousin’s favorite colors are purple and teal, so the coloring of the dragonfly and the frame really brought out those colors.


My next and last bug piece was either the second or third needlepoint I ever made. I remember seeing this in the store and loving the background, but the colors in the butterfly were just not my taste at all. I like vibrant colors, and the muted tones the artist had painted just didn’t work for me. I remember my mom and I running around the store finding suitable replacement colors, growing more excited about the possible finished project with each new skein.

I know my grandmother never changed a color an artist drew. She believed that there was a reason for each color chosen, and she wanted to be true to the artists intentions. I have to respectfully disagree with her. Although I hold the highest respect for an artist who paints a beautiful canvas, I think the stitcher need to make the canvas her own. This can be done through creative stitching or changing the color palatte. There are many pieces where I love the design but the colors just don’t work for me, and I’d rather buy a piece with a gorgeous design and change the colors than pass on expertly crafted work.

Okay, enough with the rant. Picture time.


Although you can’t really tell from this picture, the black in the butterfly and some of the silver are stitched in Kreinik. Currently, the frame is living on the floor of my bedroom, because I still haven’t decided where to hang all of my pictures in my apartment (I moved in Jan 1). Maybe my goal tomorrow will be to hang EVERYTHING.

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