Throughout the history of crazy quilting spider webs have been used as embellishments on crazy quilts. During the Victorian era they were thought to bring good luck to the quilter and they became a necessary part of each crazy quilt. It is rare that I do a crazy quilt piece that I do not include a spider and web on it somewhere. I do it for tradition and to pay homage to every woman who has put her needle in crazy quilt in the last 100+ years. And a little good luck coming my way wouldn't hurt either.
So many times embroidered spider webs look like they were laid out with a ruler and every part of the web is perfectly spaced. Spider webs are not like that and I love it when they look natural.
For spider web inspiration I always look to Helen Stevens, renowned English embroiderer but on the bag I want to have every web be unique.
Another resource I have is a quilt I bought on e-bay several years ago. It is entitled "Anachrophobia" and was stitched by award winning quilter Lisa du Coing of Nevada.
I have tried often to get a good full size photo of this quilt but I gave up because the beauty of this quilt is in the detail. The ribbon and seam work are exquisite.
There are spiders and spider webs in almost every patch and each is unique.She combined a wide variety of fabrics mixing silks, cottons, fabric flowers, buttons and beads and top stitching on the rose fabric.
In addition to beaded spiders there are beetles, butterflies, dragonflies, etc
I love owning this quilt and find new delights every time I look at it. There is just one thing that has always bothered me. If there is a masterpiece askew on the wall, no matter how beautiful the painting your instinct is to reach out and straighten it. After countless hours of detailed work on this piece it was finished with uneven machine top stitching around every patch and it detracts from all the other beautiful needlework..
Now the next step is the modify the bag pattern, draw the vine work and to select the fabrics. DH is taking a group to Israel and leaving Thursday morning so I will wait until then to drag out all the fabrics for my spider bag....