To go with my frog song page and to be more educational I designed and made the life cycle of a frog. The little frog/tadpole is called a metamorph. Did you know that? I think that is a super cool name - metamorph. Kind of sounds like an X-men or something :)
I used blue, 2 colors of green, 2 colors of light green, brown, and tan felt. I also used black, green, and blue embroidery thread, white sequins, & sew on googly eyes. I really like all the textures on this page. For the background I used blue felt and machine stitched a horizon line about 3 inches from the top. I then lined up the lily pad and sewed it down. I embroidered green vine lines down from the lily pad and added leaves. Then I arranged the sequins and attached them with a black french knot to resemble frog eggs.
The tadpole is only stitched around the brown part. I sandwiched the tan tail beneath the brown while I was sewing but did not stitch the edges of it so it has some movement. I did the same for the metamorph, sandwiching the tail and arms and legs beneath the body while I stitched it. I then stitched around the arms and legs.
I did the cattails next by stitching down the grass and then adding black embroidery for the stalks. I stitched down the flowers (did you know the brown cyclinder part is a flower?) and added blue embroidery for the water.
Then I stitched down the frog's body and added his legs and arms. Finally, I sewed on all the eyes. I finished the back of the page like I did the 5 green and speckled frogs page with frog themed material on the back and topstitching around. In retrospect, I should have positioned the page elements further in towards the middle so I had more space around the outside. I'll have to remember that for future pages - leave bigger page margins!