Toad Moon

Posted: May 3, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, knots and nests, Lace
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Toad-Moon-by-Mo-15Toad Moon by Mo 15
cane toad skin, passionfruit vine tendrils, flax cord, cotton perle &  silk thread, antique lace, carved wood button, emu feathers, pearl, clay & glass beads
Toad-Moon-innards-Mo15innards are coiled flax stitched with cotton perle, edged with hand twined silk rags and passionfruit tendrils
Toad-Moon-antique-lace-and-pearl-bead-detailantique lace over tea dyed cotton scrim and silk hankie quilted through the leather
Toad-Moon-lipsa wry smile showing the pearly teeth
I love the synchronicity of Patricia Spangler’s post about Toadshade aka Trillium Luteum over in Asheville, North Carolina
her baskowl was a big influence on making this piece!

  1. dinahmow says:

    Toadskin! Do you prepare your own or can you buy it somewhere? There was someone in Qld who was making things from it a few years back.Things like beer mats and coin purses.

    • Mo Crow says:

      fortunately the cane toads haven’t migrated this far south (yet), there is a good range of dyed toad skins at Birdsall Leather available here in Sydney, Old Man Crow was given a disconcertingly life like cane toad key ring from a stall at Port Douglas Markets back at the turn of the century

  2. Yep, briefly mesmerised by cane toad skin as well. Smiling at the thought of turning a pest into something beautiful . . . here it’s possum fur being spun with merino to make to softest, warmest yarn you ever touched.

    The piece if enchanting . . . and quite possibly enchanted as well . . . carrying with it the origins of the materials.

    • Mo Crow says:

      Hi Wendy, the Toad Moon (aka the Looney Bin) was started in late March leading up to the April Full Moon but I had to put it away to rest til this week as it was going so close to the edge of kitsch… & hmmmm…. it may well have crossed the line but it does make me laugh & may get more embellishment in the lead up to the June Full Moon, it’s a good place to put the lunacy! & I love the possum/merino wool blend, have a pair of the softest warmest forest green fingerless gloves that a friend brought back from New Zealand.

  3. stitchingweaver says:

    this is totally incredible. I admire your work so much and this is just over the top..


  4. fiberels says:

    This is sooooooo beautiful !!!
    There is so much to see, the beads, the leather, the button
    for closure, the lace, the tendrils …. It’s really a Thing of Beauty !

  5. Carol says:

    Works for me, Mo! All those seriously beautiful surfaces, and then when closed it produces that cheesy grin! A delight and a great success!

  6. Julie Banks says:

    Wonderful use of a serious pest!

  7. deanna7trees says:

    especially love the addition of the lace.

  8. Judy Martin says:

    You have made something very special here. A keep sake.

  9. ravenandsparrow says:

    Toad skin and lace. Just that makes me laugh. The teeth are extra fun.

  10. handstories says:

    I love the teeth! They’re a great contrast the soft lacy beauty of the rest of it. I expect it to start talking in a slow seductive way…

  11. Susan C says:

    Oh how I love those tendrils and the bead teeth! Beautiful as always, Mo.

  12. deemallon says:

    I saw the Patricia-influence before you mentioned it, and yet the piece is pure Mo. It’s really extraordinary. I really like the way the monochromatic color scheme showcases all the textures.

  13. Bev says:

    This is such an amazing piece, and then to find what it’s made of, there are tons of toads here in our fields and gardens, never thought I’d see them so beautiful like this.

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