Prairie Skimmer

Model:

  • Fabric = 28 count Cashel in Fresco by Picture This

  • Pattern size = 9“ x 14“ (14 ct.)

  • Stitch count = 128 x 201

  • Stitched 2 over 2


Threads:

  • All DMC

  • Kreinik very fine braid (#4)

  • Petite Treasure Braid

About the design:

It’s spring in the tallgrass prairie as I write this and wildflowers are starting to pop up everywhere amongst the grasses. In another month or so, one of the most common will be the purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), a beautiful Aster with pale magenta petals and yellow-brown centers. The flower in this pattern is a purple coneflower, just done in colors as they appear to tiny prairie dragons who see in different wavelengths of light than we do.

This “dragonfly” has wings with a pattern similar to those of the male widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa). These common large dragonflies are brown with whitish abdomens and brown, white, and clear patterned wings. Males defend territories from other males along the borders of ponds and streams. A female, which lacks white patches and has yellow stripes on her body, chooses a male to mate with, then lays her eggs in the water within his territory. While the female lays her eggs, the male hovers above chasing off any other male that might harass her. The larvae hatch in the water and spend their first year or so as aquatic predators before metamorphosing into adult dragonflies.

Released in 2006