Guest blogger series | It Ain’t Only About The Flies

by Admin on 12/10/2011

in Art+Design, Fibre+Needlework, Guest blog series2 2011

A crafty type and a lover of mischief, a whim, a ‘Why Not?’. Tania is also a mum of three, a wife, a graphic designer, a juggler extraordinaire (in training). You’ll find her over at Myrtle & Eunice, celebrating her crafty hits, confessing the misses and always bewildered by the pile of dirty washing.

It Ain’t Only About The Flies

It’s not that I’m obsessed with flies, cos I’m not. Certainly, if you happened to refer to the November page of this year’s Whipup calendar,  you’d turn to look at me all sideways and squinty and doubtful-like. But THAT fly – the one composed of a bazillion stitches, was really all about the obsessive joy in (finally!) mastering the french knot. THIS fly, the one above, was all about the sudden fascination with the crafty potential of fly screen.

I almost did my eyeballs in. Crafting with fly screen is like crafting blind. The grids of tiny squares appear to move and intersect, creating a moiré effect. Half the time you can’t tell which is shadow, or which is the surface you’re working on. And it’s a SHOCKER to photograph. Navigate the light, the shade, the shadows cast, the greying effect of the mesh, the disappearing into-backgrounds, then give up in a huff. Put away your camera, live it in real time.

In real time – and you’ll probably have to trust me on this – it is possible to appreciate the delicate intricacies of embroidered fly body hair.

As a crafty type who never knows when to leave well enough alone, I couldn’t help but try my hand at cross-stitching a flying fly…

…which in one fell swat, becomes a cross-stitched, well past-his-prime fly.

It struck me that flies were not the only obvious subject matter. Too busy losing focus to fly screen, to notice teetering laundry piles, a disaster kitchen, and an impressive spider web population inhabiting window frames, it finally dawned upon me. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

While the bug lovin’ middle kid is chuffed to bits with his fly-eating, window-inhabiting spider,

I have been forced to concede to the Mr’s long-held theory: not one part of this house is safe from the craft.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 CurlyPops October 12, 2011 at 5:53 am

Brilliant, There are no other words. Just brilliant!


2 Emma (silverpebble) October 12, 2011 at 6:02 am

Pure genius. The woman is a wonder.


3 Kylie October 12, 2011 at 6:31 am

You are just the bees knees Tania :) This is absolutely fantastic, and yes, I think the Mr has it pegged ;) Kx


4 emma October 12, 2011 at 6:57 am

That is hilarious and fantastic all at the same time. I love the way Tania’s mind works!


5 Jenny @ Ohjoh October 12, 2011 at 7:13 am

Love it, love it, love it. She’s a marvel!


6 clare's craftroom October 12, 2011 at 8:00 am

I have no words I am in awe , love it !


7 Katherine of Kitten's Lost Her Mittens October 12, 2011 at 8:18 am

This is awesome! I was smitten as soon as I saw the fly in the embroidery hoop, but the spider and web in the window really just take the cake! So cool!


8 Nikki October 12, 2011 at 9:07 am

Too clever for words, Mrs.


9 Sherry Murray October 12, 2011 at 11:36 am



10 Di October 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Loving your work, as always!!


11 Rach October 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm

You never cease to amaze me Tania – oh so clever!!!! Are these in your boys rooms now? WOW!!! xx


12 Kirsty October 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Just so much better than I’d imagined. x


13 Kate October 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Pure genius! Love it Tan x


14 Claire - Matching Pegs October 12, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Tania, as usual with your work, I love it.

I don’t think our fly wire is going to be safe now.
If I show my 9 year old son, I know he is going to request a spider for his room…


15 quirkygranolagirl October 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

you. are. amazing.
crafting and bugs and super coolness–who knew?


16 mel @ loved October 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Amazing crafty mind this one, I LOVE it all!


17 Stompergirl October 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm



18 Lynn October 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

That is such a cool idea!


19 Jessa October 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Those flies are amazing. How intricate and um.. gross at the same time! Is it possible to be gross and beautiful simultaneously?


20 joyce October 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Wow. you are brilliant. And now I’m feeling the need to have a spider too!


21 Dace October 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

dear Kath
where do you find these geniuses?
You have gathered a most wonderful group of artists to your wonderful WhipUp site!


22 cityhippyfarmgirl October 15, 2011 at 12:24 am

That IS awesome.


23 heather October 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

i am in love. please come to colorado and sit and craft on my window screens with me. the kids will play. the men will be fine. and we will be extra fine.


24 Roseanna November 1, 2011 at 11:49 am

Incredible, love, love love it, even though I have a fly-phobia!


25 Kylie November 3, 2011 at 2:31 am

Love Love Love it and your boys face is priceless


26 Abbey H June 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

Absolutely amazing! Love it!


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