Dragonfly Tales

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The book pictured is A Dazzle of Dragonflies by Forrest Lee Mitchell and James L. Lasswell. It’s an enchanting view into the world of dragonflies from an imaginative perspective.

There’s a dragonfly commision coming up that means a lot to me. Each custom order has had it’s poignant effect, and I feel privileged with the confidence and whole heartedness people share their stories. The upcoming dragonfly will in part bring some healing to breast cancer patients, and I can’t help but feel my mother strongly, imagining her holding my little Finn wherever they are, as I bring this project together.

On September 30th 2012 my husband and I travelled the north western shore of Lake Superior visiting artist’s studios as part of the Crossing Borders Art Tour. While at Betsy Bowen’s studio in my favourite escape Grand Marais, I bought this little print of dragonflies which were an illustration for the book Hawk’s Ridge. At the time I didn’t know what I would do with the green darner dragonflies, but the drawing captured a piece of my heart so I knew immediately this would be special.

One year later was the first day of my life without Finn. When I started decorating his nursery earlier that year, these dragonflies were the first thing I put in the room.

The drawing has always made me smile. It’s musical, playful, and elegant just as dragonflies are. Just think about theย number of people who associate dragonflies with something magical or profound in their life, to me thatย says these widely adoredย insects do possess a connection to something mysterious and lovely.

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Betsy Bowen’s green darner dragonflies

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Also coming up is another infant elf hat using Dauntless Dragonfly from Expression Fibre Arts. Not only is this yarn stunning and soft, it’s named so appropriately, and is also the shades of my favourite Oliver baby blanket from Aunty Helen, Uncle Patric, and cousins Alex and Phoebe. It will be decorated in needlefelted dragonflies in a colour and number chosen by the buyer. I believe strongly in the ways we relate to symbols.

Some time ago I edited a photo I took of a dragonfly that Hannah rescued at Little Dog Lake one day when we were swimming with the dogs. It rested on her hand long enough for me to take a number of photos of it and it was beautiful. I won’t link the quote because I’m not sure the full text is really in context, at the time (when I was reading random leads to all things dragonfly) this particular quote sunk in deeply and still resonates.

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‘Hannah’s dragonfly’ 2010

2 thoughts on “Dragonfly Tales

  1. Great blog! I found if after seeing a sponsored Instagram ad. Wondering about wool, is there any kind of translucent wool that would work for wings? I am just not feeling the “thick” felt wings. To me a wing is light and feathery, not thick, heavy. There is something odd about a creature meant to fly with a wing made of the same material as the rest of them.

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    1. I understand not feeling thick wings. The above pictured felted dragonfly was made for a specific purpose and meant to be handled – so I purposely made them solid and sturdy.
      I spend a lot of time felting my bird wings to be as thin as possible. It still never seems think enough.

      By using superfine (16-21 micron) top merino wool – of the smoothest I’ve worked with, and achieves a fairly nice finish. I’ve used a 16 micron in bright white to look more like delicate translucent wings.

      I’ve also mixed some silk and and shimmery nylon threads into wings with other dragonflies which looked quite nice – and the effect can mimic the design of the wing.

      I hope this helps!

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