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Historical Sampler- Butterfly II

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31 October 2008

Historical Sampler- Butterfly II

Here’s the butterfly with the wings complete.

I like that I decided to make the back wings pale copper – they seem to ‘reflect’ and shimmer.

butterfly_1

I was contemplating whether to make the body green and copper. I tried some green, and decided that it would make it TOO colourful – a more medieval colour scheme than an Elizabethan one.

So I did the body in the same blue as the wings, and the dark copper.

He got a red head in honour of the ‘fancy worms’ from the Plymouth Project.

butterfly_2

I taught myself Ceylon stitch and started stitching the body.

Then I realized that I’d made a design mistake.

The gold stripe is supposed to be part of the body – I’d made the silk part of the body too wide. I contemplated making the ‘collar’ part next to the head wider so it would incorporate both the silk part and the gold part, but that would have made the body disproportionately thick.

As it was, it looked like he was sitting on a twig. (the photograph below)

So I decided to take out the Ceylon Stitching. (Hey, I’ve learnt it now, and I’ll certainly be using it later, tho I am disappointed not to end up using that aspect of the design shown in Lemon.)

The chain stitch on the head can be seen here. I initially used Lurex, but it cracked so much, letting a lot of the cotton core show through.

I re-did it in passing thread, which was a lot harder to work with, but looks a million times better.

butterfly_3

So here’s the finished butterfly, with black outlining on the sections of his body, as per Lemon’s picture.

butterfly_4

Pwetty.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Dragonsally said...

pretty, happy butterfly

hey, I love my security word...obifish.
Sounds like something from the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

Friday, October 31, 2008  
Blogger Plays with Needles said...

All this flora and fauna makes me think of the Creation Story. That butterfly is just right.

Saturday, November 01, 2008  
Blogger Jane said...

He is, as you say, very pwetty. He looks like he's smiling to me.

Saturday, November 01, 2008  
Blogger JoWynn Johns said...

Very, VERY nice!

Sunday, November 02, 2008  

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