Sunday, January 29, 2012

Roseville album block finished and more houses.

This week I finished my 5th Roseville Album block

and eight more little houses to add to the collection.

During the week I found an article in our local daily newspaper (The Age) about a cape made from spider web silk. I found the topic absolutely fascinating! The cape is currently on display and the V and A in London. To see some photos of the cape go here.  (this isn't the original article I saw. I search the net for something without pictures of spiders....just the cape!!!) More cape photos here (and no spiders!!!)
Each thread in the cape is made up of 96 strands of spider silk and yet the cape weighs only 1.5 kilograms. (about 3.3 lbs)  It took eight years to create the cape and a shawl. The golden hue of the thread is its natural colour.
There is also a story and a link to a video here of the spider silk shawl (warning ...spiders in video)

The cape itself almost glows and the hand embroidery that covers the whole surface is very intricate. The amount of time, effort and dedication to create this piece is astounding! It is extraordinary!


  1. That cape is fascinating. It's really getting global exposure - and rightly so.
    Your houses are really looking good. I need to cut more pieces.
    The applique is stunning! WOW!

  2. Miriam,
    I love your Roseville block and the little houses. I printed out the paper pieced instructions and template .. I may give them a try.
    I saw the cape the other day on my homepage and was fascinated by it! It is gorgeous!! It is truly a work of art!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. That Roseville block is fabulous. So much work!

  4. your block is just soooo beautiful.
    your neighborhood is growing, fun houses!
    off to read about the cape. 8 years to make how amazing is that?


  5. Gorgeous Roseville block Miriam, I like your fabric choices. I think your houses look great the way you've picked one colour for each house. That cape is extraordinary and very beautiful indeed.

  6. Your Roseville block is stunning...and your houses are very sweet indeed!! Thanks for the link to the V&A.

  7. Spectacular Roseville Block. That cape is stunning.

  8. That is fascinating about the silk cape! Wow.

    Your applique block is just gorgeous! That one looks like a lot of work.

    Love your little houses and they are coming along nicely. You'll have a sweet quilt when you're done. I haven't started mine yet! LOL

    Have a great day!

  9. Your Roseville block is beautiful, and your little houses are so cute! That cape is amazing, but I don't think I'd want to make something that came from spiderwebs! EWWW! LOL

  10. Wow -- that Roseville block is a beauty! And your little house blocks are darling! I love how you've kept each block a similar color. I showed some little house blocks to my mom the other day and she didn't like them because she thought they were too busy. I'll bet she's LOVE your blocks!

  11. Your applique is amazing! I love the fabrics you've used. I admire those who use the bright fabrics like this. Although I've collect some, they are almost out of my comfort zone because I don't know how to put them together.

  12. That's creativity is not enough for you, can very more creation in your post. I love the fabrics you have used in above. Thanks for being so generous!

  13. Loving your little houses.
    Your Roseville block, STUNNING!!!!!

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  15. These Little houses are looking so beautiful.
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  16. Your houses are simply amazing. Each and every one looks perfect!