New Butterflies.

I`ve been working on some new butterflies this week.

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I wanted to make a freestanding butterfly brooch that would give the impression that a butterfly had just landed on you for a moment. I looked closely at illustrations in my butterfly book and tried to make the brooches as realistic as possible, painstakingly snipping out tiny pieces of fabric before stitching the into place.

These are based on Large White, Clouded Yellow, and Large Blue butterflies (with a little bit of artistic license…).

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Large White.

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Clouded Yellow.

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Large Blue.

The wings are covered with layers of machine stitching and the butterfly is slightly padded and backed with felt.  The antennae are made from strong button thread.

These butterflies can be worn as a brooch but I think they would also look lovely pinned into a little box frame.

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These three will be listed on my Etsy shop, although one has been reserved already. I`m definately going to make more, I`ve been thinking of some larger pieces and perhaps some 3D butterflies incorporated into mixed media embroideries.

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Filed under butterflies, embroidered brooches, embroidery, recycled fabrics

3 responses to “New Butterflies.

  1. love your work, found bees in Mollie Makes.

    • do you make them on a machine? or by hand, cross stitch?

      • Hi Tina! My bees are made from layers of tiny scraps of fabric, handstitching and machine stitching. Their wee legs are hand embroidered. I keep looking closely at bees in my garden to get them right! I sketch the bees then work the embroideries from the sketches.

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