This piece was a present for my mom who just finished her Masters in Nursing. She is awesome-sauce and she loves spiders. This one was supposed to be for her office, but she has decided it may be too nice for the office.
I used about 4 different shades of brown DMC thread, and two different colours of Anchor yarn. Here is roughly the steps taken to make her look as fuzzy as she does:
- Outline the whole shape in split stitch using DMC thread.
- Fill in the legs with long wool stitches, then couch those with different colours of DMC thread.
- Fill the abdomen of the spider with long wool stitches, in the same direction as the stitches in DMC thread were going to go (typically, when you pad a shape, you do it in the opposite direction, but I wanted the wool to peek through the thread stitches! It worked too!)
- Cover the abdomen, the head and the mandibles in various colours of DMC thread in various browns.
- Buy a huge quantity of minuscule beads and use only four of them.
The good news is, my mother loved it and so do I. I love the wool peeking through the abdomen and the legs, making her look fuzzy and ridiculous. I love the contrast between the spider and the sketchy web even more.