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Butterflies in May: Embroidered Wings to Share!
Submitted by Pam on Tue, 05/27/2014 - 22:30
Where oh where did I ever get the idea I was butterfly making super woman!!! Just barely managing to complete one wing on each of my embroidered butterflies this month! But it IS a good start - at the very least I know now what my stitched butterflies are going to look like!
I just HAD to embroider a wood moth. We had one visit us a couple years ago and while I am famous for my fear of moths, this one was so huge (6") and beautiful and apparently quite comfortable in my sweetie's warm and gentle hands that I felt no fear. I simply memorized him so I could reproduce him in tin. And now - an embroidered version.
Because he was anything but delicate, I decided to use crewel wool; and because he was not terribly colorful, I selected yarn colors from the more muted color group in my stash.
As with all the embroidered butterflies I am stitching this month, I am trying out several new to me stitches.
Stitch key for wood moth: lattice stitch (upper wing), padded satin stitch (edge of upper wing), stem stitch (pink band), french knots (lower wing), satin stitch and raised dot stitch (lower wing detail), and split stitch (body).
Never in a million years would I have ever guessed I had the patience for and the passion for stitching with one single strand of cotton floss. Cotton floss has never been my "floss of choice" - and yet it is funny how much I am using it lately!!!
I almost always tended to use crewel wool for embroidery as it is wonderfully forgiving (my embroidery usually needs lots of forgiveness), and personally I feel it gives me control. Well! I have just finished learning that single strand cotton is equally forgiving and controllable!!! A huge and happy surprise!!
Wanting to create a very delicate "purple" single floss butterfly, I selected a few new to me stitches that I felt would give an openness and lightness to the wings.
Stitch key for "purple" butterfly: single fagging stitch (upper wing) , detached herringbone (center of upper wing, french knots (bottom of upper wing), seeding stitch (bottom wing), attached fly stitch (center of bottom wing), and long and short stitch (body).
And for those who might be interested, here is a sneak peak at where I am at the moment on my Primstav embroidery! Getting close to Summer Solstice symbols. There are two. Will share why end of June.
My favorite symbol worked this month was the sun devouring a frosty snowflake - marking Valbourgs - April 30th.
I will share stories and detail concerning the meaning of each symbol as well as a preview of the second quarter - July 15 to October 13 - at the end of June and beginning July.
This has been a hugely satisfying and exciting project and I am eager to share what I have learned along the way.
Planning to be a little scarce around here during the month of June. Computer upgrade scheduled previously was delayed so it is being completed in June. AND I need to rest up! Christmas in July is coming! And I have plans!!!