This was a really good challenge. I've never made an insect before – the closest I've come was the Maryland crab. There were several iterations of this bee before this final one.
The flower, on the other hand, came together right away. I am going to make more of these. They are so fun. This is why I love challenges like the make-along. I push myself to try something new. And now I have fabric flowers in my head and that is really good.
So this is my submission to our make-along. The bee and the flower are my illustrations in fabric of this poem by Emily Dickinson:
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
Come and join us. Give it a try. And if you do you just might win a big package of vintage fabric. First, join our Flickr pool. Then, interpret the poem any way you'd like, as long as it is in fiber. Take a picture so we can see what you came up with and post it to the pool. On July 13 I will draw a name from everyone who has entered and yummy fabric will arrive at the winner's doorstep. I hope you'll give it a try. You can do this, I promise!
In other news, we are phasing out Stella's nap this weekend and we are moving onto a really good summer schedule. The kids will have day camp in the morning, until 1:00, and we will spend the afternoons together playing and biking and swimming at the pond. A really good balance for everyone I think.