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9 March 2011

A Good Idea

At 3.30am this morning, I had an idea.
I just wasn’t happy with my approach to split stitching the butterfly wing, dividing it into areas to give it texture, rather than using the longest stitches possible.
(Here’s a photo of part of it as a reminder):
butterfly_no_veins
If I did it again, I’d use the longest stitches possible, but I’d still be stuck with split stitches between the wing pad channels, because they are so narrow and I have 3 colours to fit into each one)
Anyway, I thought – what if I outlined the edges of the split-stitched areas? To make it look like there are veins all over the wing?
Like this :
butterfly_copper
It means that I loose the blended effect where two colours meet, but I think that it looks more ‘put together’.
I used the same thin copper metallic thread that I’d used on the wing pad veins. In this case, scanning the piece meant the copper thread really lit up – it’s not quite so obvious in real life. (Please send prayers to my camera!)
There are two types of copper/gold metal thread to go on the wing yet, so hopefully that will pull it together even more.
I did these ‘veins’ in backstitch. Couching down the copper thread would have been far preferable, giving much smoother lines, but the pain in my hands wasn’t up to holding down a light, flighty thread in an exact place then stitching it down with the other through the existing split stitches.
I’ve just been on a spending spree at a fabric shop on Etsy – a selection of 18”x24” for only $3.50USD each – tho they are coming from India, so I do hope they arrive sometime this side of Christmas.
This is for the Main Background, where the entire piece will end up attached to. (Remembering that blue/purple background I’ve got at the moment will all be covered up by split stitching).
Since telling colours on a monitor is so hard, and I use so much dupion anyway, I got a selection.
grounds_1
grounds_2
One of these just has to go with the coral/copper coloured threads in the wing. Or I shall be very annoyed. The intensely emerald green dupion I have stacks of goes with it, but I don’t want an emerald green background. I want something more neutral.
I also picked up a bright orange dupion for the backing of part of the butterfly – but I’ll talk about that when I get to it *grin* (Julie is reading these entries, so I’m not revealing any more that I have to as I go along…..)

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Rachel said...

The metallic veins are brilliant, Megan, and I'm not sure that they aren't better in backstitch than they would be couched. It helps to create that slightly iridescent effect that a butterfly's wing has in real life.

Thursday, March 10, 2011  
Blogger Flora said...

Hi Megan,

The wing has come out very well. Hope the butterfly is going to be bright and attractive.

Thanks for participating in the give-away!

Thursday, March 10, 2011  
Blogger Flora said...

Hi Megan,

Did you read my reply to your comment on my blogpost: http://florascolors.blogspot.com/2011/03/blooming-bookmark.html.

Please let me know whether my answer has helped you or whether it will work out. Because I too need some ideas to back the detached piece.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011  
Blogger Jane said...

Loving how your butterfly is comming along. It's been a while since I visited so it was nice to read the posts and catch up.
The potcard is lovely. We use the technique of mixing silk and metallic threads in Japanese embroidery sometimes. Either twisted in with the thread or with flat silk, it is a lovely effect.
jane

Tuesday, March 29, 2011  

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