There has been a lot of hand stitching going on and I am very glad to announce that I have got the September butterflies (yes, both the embroidered and the embellished wool appliqué version) ready for your enjoyment.
It is a very dark morning here in Naperville. Thunder is rumbling and we will probably get some rain very soon. That means my pictures are not quite what I would like but here they are anyway!
First up is a flat view of the embroidered butterfly. I use the scanner for this one…I stitched the outlines in chainstitch as usual. The top wings got a simple single wrap around the edge. Then there is cross stitch, herringbone, french knots, buttonhole, fly stitch (with a wrapped centre line)whipped woven circles and a little needle weaving… can you find them all? Threads from House of Embroidery, available from Akonye Kena.
A close up…
and just one more.The wool butterfly pictures have shadows on them. I’m sorry, but here it is in all its glory!Maybe it’s clearer from an angle?I used milled wools from Sue Spargo and #8 Eleganza perle cottons. That’s crested chain stitch on the upper wing to give a lacy edge.
How are you doing with your stitching? The patterns are all available under the year of butterflies button at the top of my website and I know people are looking at them… I’m not seeing a lot of action in the facebook group, just a couple of brave souls are posting their projects. I will be making my butterflies into quilts and giving tips on how I do it. Maybe September is the month for you to begin? Here’s a link to getting started so you don’t need to go searching…