2014-05-02

Why moths are awesome. Seven textile moths you´ll (actually) love.


Since my last post I have gathered some extraordinary creative Moth work. 

First up is this gourgeous felt moth with its embroidered details.
http://missniff.blogspot.se/2010/03/shy-little-flutter-by.html 
At StitcherScribbler I found this natural brown and green moth with a label that indicates that it is a collectors item, probably an unusual species!   

Jenny at missniff explains how she always found butterfly collections fascinating, so pretty and colourful yet fragile and melancholy.

This moth is more suttle than any butterfly but certainly attracts, those of us, who prefer the shy pale colours of a dusty moth.
http://www.alinasadventuresinhomemaking.com/2014/04/watching-a-luna-moth-emerge-and-dry-its-wings.html
Luna moths only live for a brief period of time, during which they first spend a day allowing their fragile, splendid wings to dry.

Alina and her family stumbled upon the event and didn´t miss the opportunity to see drama unfold. 

It appears that the wings open quite quickly and Alina actually compares the process to being in labor. Go check it out.

With clear picture she capture every step on her blog.
https://www.etsy.com/se-en/shop/irohandbags
Yumi Okita makes stunning creatures with soft materials and bright stitches. 

Do you belive theese could be creatures from another world? I do! But they are not. They are moths! 

Are you starting to understand now, my ode, to moths? Let´s say it together: Moths are awesome!

There are not so much information available about Yumi Okita for me to find, but I belive that the creations can stand on its own. Can't they?
Add a dramatic detail to your outfit for that special (moth!!) occasion. This death's head hawk moth from Blue Terracotta would sure be a conversation starter! Below a lovely copper underwing moth.

Laura from Blue Terracotta talks about how she wants us to join her for a garden party where even the scariest of insects is harmless, where you can release your inner butterfly, metamorphose to your heart’s content and get inspired! 

That sounds great! I´m in!

http://allysonreynolds.com/

Beautiful artwork by Allyson Reynolds. Featherly, pastelly moths on a canvas and they just seems to flutter away.


http://makezine.com/2013/04/22/light-up-e-textile-kits-and-more-from-fay-shaw/
I didn´t want to miss showing you this new teqnology from E-Textiles. An light-up E-textile kit made by Fay Shaw. Click it to see it!
Fay is the founder of bitwise E-textiles who provides with soft DIY- kits that light up.
The kit includes a light sensor and LED, the components are sewn in to felt with conductive tread. And the result you ask? -A Luna moth plush that turns on in low light! Perfect to snuggle up with at bedtime for any child.

http://theswedishbushcrafter.blogspot.se/2014/05/paint-moths-on-rocks.html
Here in scandinavia we only see greyish kinds of moths, but as I explained in this post, after a looong google search, I am amazed at what colorful spiecies actually exists. 

Long story short: We wanted to find theese beatiful moths in our garden too. So as a tribute, we decided to paint moths on rocks!

To finish this post up here is some info, to die for, about moths.
  Green/Pink moth picture above from The Telegrapher.

 

7 things you don´t know about moths, but should.

1. Moths make great mimics.

Some moths are notorious for their ability to impersonate other animals.

2. There are more than 11,000 species of moths in the U.S. alone.

3. Moths are important pollinators.

The hairy bodies of moths make them great pollinators — they pick up pollen from any flower they land on.

4. Many adult moths don't eat.

While some moths suck nectar, others don't eat at all. The adult Luna moth, for instance, doesn't even have a mouth. After it emerges from its cocoon, it lives for about a week. Its sole mission in life? To mate and lay eggs.

5. A male moth can smell a female more than 7 miles away.

6. They are important food for many, many animals.

7. Moths: The next superfood?

In some parts of the world, moths are a major food source for people, too. Caterpillars are packed with protein and healthy fats.

PS. I totally stole and summed up this info from here. Check it out to know more.

 

This is why they say: Bad moth!

- Moths, and particularly their caterpillars, are considered a major agricultural pest in many parts of the world.
- Some of them causes severe damage to threes and forests while others loves to eat fabric made from natural protein fibers such as wool or silk.

This is why they say: Good moth!

- While some moths are considered pests some moths are actually farmed. The most common of these is the silkworm, the larva of a domesticated moth. It is farmed for the silk with which it builds its cocoon.
- In some parts of the world, moths are major food source for people. The caterpillars are packed with protein and health fats. In India, for example; they are boiled for extracting silk and the boiled pupa is taken directly with salt or fried with chilli pepper and or herbs to eat as snack.
- They are freeking beautiful!

Do you have any tips on more awesome creative moths, that I missed, please let me know in the comments below.

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