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Another Batch of Bumbles and Butterflies.

Last week it was all about bees and butterflies again as I concentrated on finishing some more brooches and lavender hearts. I also had a commission for some bee sketches from a nice lady via my Etsy shop.

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The drawings gave me a chance to look closely at bumble bees again and inspired a few more brooches.

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Two new bumble bee lavender hearts. I chose pale vintage linen so that the bees really stood out.

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I love the colours in this butterfly, my favourite brooch from the latest batch!

 

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More Butterflies.

More butterflies this week…. I made some more brooches…

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and some new lavender hearts featuring an embroidered butterfly…

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I really like the way the brooches and hearts look together.

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I`m really pleased with these and have just listed a few hearts on my Etsy shop. I am enjoying working with these techniques and can see my butterflies and bees emerging as my signature style. I want to keep developing this way of working, combining drawings from nature, machine embroidery and vintage linens and lace. I`m hoping to spend a few days drawing soon, but first I have to make a few more bees, there`s only one left on my Etsy shop!

 

 

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Butterfly Brooches.

These are some butterfly brooches that I`ve been working on over the last week.

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It took a bit of trial and error to get them right at first, but I`m really pleased with the final result.

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The butterflies are built up of layers of tiny scraps of fabric, handstitching and machine embroidery. I painstakingly snipped out tiny pieces of cottons, choosing fabrics in soft, muted tones of orange, yellow, blue and brown to echo the colours of wild British butterflies. I was influenced by the illustrations in this vintage wildlife field guide book. The layers of machine stitching softened the effect further, with the black stitching picking up details of veining on the wings, outlining the butterfly and drawing the antennae.

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I wanted these butterfly brooches to act as companion pieces to my bumble bees and made them the same way, trying to keep quite a loose feel to them.

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It`s been such  freezing, wintry weather all week so I`ve really enjoyed staying cosied up in my sewing room, surrounded by scraps of fabric and accompanied by my cat and Radio 4, creating these tiny heralds of Spring.

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