Thursday, March 27, 2014

Silk Indulgence, Crazy Patch - Spider Web

I have read that a Spiders web motif on a crazy patchwork piece is a must, a tradition not to be broken.  However, most people shudder at the thought of a spider, so why would we stitch a spider and its web on a piece of our embroidery.  Well it all comes from folklore and the thought that spiders bring good luck.  Have you heard of the fable that you should never kill a spider that you find in your house?  It is thought to bring wealth to the home and family!   In regards to a spider and its web on a crazy patch piece, it is true spiders are meant to bring good luck to weavers and spinners.


Silk Indulgence - Crazy Patch - Spiders Web
I have read that in ancient Greek and Roman myths Arachne was a great mortal weaver. Whilst her work was beautiful her themes were often insulting to the gods.  She boasted about her skill and bragged that her skill was far superior to Athena’s.   Athena being the goddess of spinners and embroiderers and was not impressed with Arachne’s disrespectful attitude and so turned Arachne into a spider to spin and weave her days away!
Whilst spiders are a creepy little creature, their webs are a piece of art.

 
 
 

4 comments:

  1. I'm going to ignore all things spider and just say that your ribbon work makes me breathless.....
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    1. Thank you Karen, sounds like spiders take your breath away too...

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  2. Spider webs are fun, with or without a resident spider....at least they're fun when they're stitched whereas in the house?...not so much!

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    1. Yes true Mary Ann, the webs are fun

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