Knitted Merveille du Jour Moth

I’ve just completed my first moth of 2016. I started it last November but then Christmas jewellery orders went a little crazy and I had no time for mothing.

It feels great to be knitting moths again and I wanted to share some photos of this one in progress. It’s the Merveille du Jour Moth (Griposia aprilina). It’s common across Britain in September and October. It has a wingspan of around 4-5cm but mine is closer to 25cm!

I started off with my pencils and graph paper and got stuck in.

merveille-in-progress

Progress is made with 2.25mm knitting needles and Shetland wool

Knitted Merveille du jour moth

I love stitching the eyes on.

Knitted Merveille du jour moth

The finished moth!

Knitted Merveille du jour moth

Knitted Moths on Display

You can currently see my knitted moths at two exhibitions in the UK.

I was very pleased to be invited to return to Prick Your Finger with a new series of moths after my first show there last year.

The moths will be on display until Saturday the 19th December.
They are already starting to fly out the door so don’t delay!
Prick Your Finger, 260 Globe Road, London, E2 0JD
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6.30pm.

moths-at-pyf

I also have six moths in an annual group exhibition called Winter Warmth at The Park Gallery in Scotland. I had some work in the 2009 show and was delighted to be asked to participate in their 15th anniversary celebrations.

The show features over 35 artists and they have chosen wildlife as the theme this year. It looks well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

The Park Gallery, Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk, FK1 1YR
Open every day from 10-5 (2-5 on Sundays).

WINTER-WARMTH

winterwarmth-moths

National Moth Week

National Moth Week From the 18th-26th July 2015 it’s National Moth Week.
“National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. “Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods. National Moth Week is being held, worldwide, during the last full week of July. National Moth Week offers everyone, everywhere a unique opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and contribute scientific data about moths.”

Io Moth close upAs you can imagine I’m quite excited about all this moth activity. Having only discovered the beauty of moths last year there’s still so much more to learn. The list of moths that I’m planning to knit is getting quite daunting…! So I’ve decided to knit as many as I can for moth week. As the NMW logo features an Io Moth I’m working on one of those now. Here’s a sneaky close up of it’s eyespot.

I’ve added a page of Moths where you can see all the one’s I’ve completed so far.

Here are all the Events taking place during National Moth week if you want to get involved too.