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« on: April 10, 2012 07:48:58 PM »

This is an embroidered Idolomantis Diabolica, or the Devil's Flower Mantis. Isn't that name just bomb in & of itself? lol

I crafted this for the wonderful Sewphie in the Anything Goes Needlework Swap. She mentioned liking bugs & jars, so I wanted to try to give it a look of being inside of a bell jar, only as a needlebook. The embroidery is done on felt with complimentary colored pages inside & is my first time making a needlebook.

After I finished him, I decided to leave him without an outline because I think it softens him, like he's behind glass, & it also takes of the diabolical edge & lets him be just a touch cute. I was rather sad to see him go, I think he's pretty adorable. But he has an awesome new home now. Smiley



Closeup of the mantis, I wasn't able to get all the red transfer paper out, but I'm sure it will rub off over time. I think it also adds a neat red glow when viewed from a distance.


Inside of the needlebook.


Hope you enjoy! C&C always welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2012 11:49:50 PM »

This is so neat! I love the design and the execution. I love needlebooks that are a bit unexpected like this. This rocks for sure!
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012 05:36:10 AM »

he is supercute - and loved!
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2012 07:40:10 AM »

he is supercute - and loved!

Hooray! So glad to know he has a loving new home! <3 Cheesy

This is so neat! I love the design and the execution. I love needlebooks that are a bit unexpected like this. This rocks for sure!

And thank you! I'm always down for doing something interesting & different. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2012 08:58:40 AM »

OMG! I LOVE this! You did an awesome job! I am wisting this right now Wink
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2012 01:21:38 PM »

OMG! I LOVE this! You did an awesome job! I am wisting this right now Wink

Aw, thanks! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2012 04:25:49 PM »

I love this so much, the colors and stitching are perfect!! You did an awesome job and have one lucky swap partner!!
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2012 09:49:15 PM »

Beautiful! He kinda looks like he wants a hug Wink
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2012 09:52:32 PM »

Beautiful! He kinda looks like he wants a hug Wink

Aww, he does kinda look like that! lol Now he's even more adorable...I'm going to need to make myself one of him, I think. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2012 07:59:29 AM »

That is amazing!
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