Posted on Thursday, August 23 2012 at 3pm
Have you picked up your September issue of CrossStitcher yet? If so, you're sure to have fallen in love with our beautiful beetle design. Stitched in dazzling shades of green and gold and framed in a turquoise hoop, it's inspired by the current trend for antique taxidermy and is guaranteed to give your home a touch of Victoriana style - minus the creepiness!
We cornered designer Genevieve Brading - AKA Floss & Mischief - for a chat about her love of creepy crawlies...
How did your interest in taxidermy come about?
Floss & Mischief was born from an argument I had with my other half! He absolutely loves taxidermy and wanted some in the house. I find it way too creepy and refused to have any! To make up for it I wanted to give him something that looked the part, but wasn't the real deal.
What is it about beetles that appeals to you?
Beetles come in an astounding array of different colours and shapes. They can be just as beautiful and vibrant as butterflies, and their sheer variety makes them just as collectable.
Why do you think stitching suits your bugs so much?
I love the look and feel - cross sticth gives the critters a lovely texture. Plus, embroidery thread is available in an amazing range of colours - enough to emulate the vividness of nature.
Read the full interview and find the chart in issue 256 of CrossStitcher - out now!