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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

EEK! Spider



This spider was stitched to complete lesson 6. The lesson was prepared by DecPainter (Carolyn). Here is a portion of what she had to say about spiders.

"While researching the subject of spiders and their webs on the internet, I often found it quite difficult to look at photographs of them without having to reach down and slap at my ankle, brush at the back of my knee or between my shoulder blades, and I have to confess to having a few spider-filled nightmares!

What is it about a spider that makes us want to bolt and run in the opposite direction? And, it’s not only the spider, is it? The web itself can be nearly as disturbing – especially if we happen to walk through one! Given reactions like these, why on earth would we ever want to embroider or bead a spider onto our beautiful crazy quilts?!

In the lore of crazy-quilt making, spiders are thought to bring the quilt’s owner good luck. It’s not too surprising, then, to find that a great number of antique Victorian crazy quilts have spiders and spider webs embellishing them.

There are all sorts of explanations given for why these tiny creatures were thought to have such magical powers. One version says that when David was being pursued by King Saul and his soldiers, with nowhere else to hide, he ran into a cave and hid himself there. A small spider, seeing the dire situation, quickly wove her web over the opening of the cave, and when the king’s soldiers saw the spider’s web, they knew that no one could be hiding inside. So, David was saved by the tiny spider and lived to become the king of Israel."

I wonder did God use something as small as a spider that he created to protect David that day ...
This same little creature that usually doesn't stand a chance if found in the house.

Back to Carolyn,
"THE SPIDERS AND THE BEES: It’s not unusual to mistakenly think that spiders are insects, but while researching our creepy little friends, I found that spiders and, in fact, all arachnids (including scorpions, mites and ticks) have only two segments to their bodies: a combined (fused) head and thorax, and an abdomen. Insects have three segments: the head, followed by a separate thorax, and ending with an abdomen. Spiders have eight legs, while insects have six. In both spiders and insects, the legs are attached to the thorax.


And…all of this anatomy relates to us, how?? Well, for one thing, instead of having to use three beads, as would be the case with insects, it takes only two beads to portray our spider, one bead for the head-thorax combo, and a second bead for the body, thus saving that extra bead for something really, really important!

Another important thing we ought to know is that spiders don’t have antennae, but insects do. Spiders have nasty little fangs in front, and I don’t know what the heck insects have…oh, yeah, some insects have nasty little stingers in the rear! Now, with all of that being said, we can leave our insect friends behind and concentrate only on spiders."

Now if you look at my spider, I only used 2 beads for the body and 2 beads for eyes. The two little beady eyes look a bit out of proportion to the rest of her body. I can only say she must be straining her eyes trying to make that web. LOL Yes it is a "she" because it's on a crazy quilt block.

I didn't post a picture of the whole block, you can see my block here. I stitched the spider in the upper left corner.

Remember the ATC swap I mentioned recently, it's time to reveal the ATC I received in the mail.


made by Island Quilter, Webpami
Sweet Tea and Augie in NH



Made by Irish62, Jessicasews
Nickilee, SassyZuzanneQuilts


Jessicasews made hers with a pocket and can be used as card holder.



Made by CQwannabe, Piecemaker
Glassnquilts, BlueSnail

They are all so wonderful. Thanks ladies!

2 comments:

Penny said...

-One version says that when David was being pursued by King Saul and his soldiers, with nowhere else to hide, he ran into a cave and hid himself there. A small spider, seeing the dire situation, quickly wove her web over the opening of the cave, and when the king’s soldiers saw the spider’s web, they knew that no one could be hiding inside.-
Far be it for me to say anything bad aboug King David, but if that were me, I'd have taken my chances with the soldiers before letting some spider weave a web between me and the outside of a cave.

Judy S. said...

That's a scary looking spider and a perfect addition to your block! We have a spider Christmas tree ornament for luck, too.

You really got some great ATCs!