February 02, 2012

The Second Act: The Snake

The Snake in my Snake and Meerkat Quilt
I've been working on my Snake and Meerkat quilt lately.  I used organza and pinned it to the flannel, luckily I could see through the organza to the lines I drew of my snake on the flannel.  Then I ran a running stitch by hand stitching on top of the drawn lines.  Once that was done I cut the organza back to the edge of the running stitch.  Using glitter thread I painstakingly satin stitched overtop of my running stitch.  I will hand stitch the fangs on next, but I'm not sure if I should use thread or embroidery floss.  What do you think?

As this is a quilt about "What I would look like if I were a quilt".  I can say that the snake, oh the snake.  When the pain is very bad I can feel the snake in my veins hissing and spitting.  Sometimes even driving to me to reach out and snarl at friends and family with words I would never say under other circumstances.  Even though the pain is in my leg I can feel the snake in all of my veins, pounding and thrumming against my will.  Since starting this quilt May 9, 2010 (I know it's been on the list a long time!) I feel the snake less often.  Perhaps I could even say I rarely feel the snake.
Snake head in need of Fangs
But in the past couple of days I have learned that I'm not the only one with a snake.  I think we all have one.  Maybe it lives deeper inside some of us than others.  Coming out sometimes to hiss?   Perhaps not a hiss of pain, but a hiss of frustration?  Of anger?


stitchinpenny said...

I am terrified of snakes as a result of an encounter with one when I was young, but reading your comment today I can understand the concept behind this quilt for the first time. I am glad the snake is less present in your life and I hope he continues to stay away.

QuiltSue said...

I'm glad the snake is not there so often now. I think I would use 2 strands of embroidery cotton as I wonder if thread would get lost in the organza? Also, bearing in mind the relevance of the snake, you perhaps want those fangs to really stand out?