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Butterfly Summer.

This is turning out to be a bit of a butterfly summer for me. I`ve been developing my stitched 3d butterflies, thinking of them as little soft sculptures as well as brooches. My recent ones are all based on real butterflies and I`ve been trying to make them as realistic as possible, layering tiny pieces of fabric and stitch and even incorporating little pieces of calico that I`ve hand painted to just the right shade. They are miniature labours of love!

The butterflies have gradually been growing in size, culminating in my Red Admiral which measures just over 14cm at its widest point. This would be rather large to wear as a brooch, but would look striking perhaps pinned to a curtain. All my new butterflies would be equally at home pinned into a little box frame, or hanging on the wall just as they are, the brooch pin on the back will hook happily onto a little panel pin.

I`ve been adding a few butterflies to my Etsy shop, although some people have been buying them directly from my Facebook page where they`ve been having a wonderful response, which is really encouraging.

I`ve loved making these butterflies, especially with the gorgeous summer weather we`ve been having recently. I sit on an old quilt in the garden, with my butterfly books spread out for inspiration and surrounded by scraps of cotton, handstitching the first stages of the butterflies, then coming in from the heat to the cool of my sewing room to finish off with machine stitching. Perfect! I`ve been more aware of butterflies in general too, spotting lots in the garden and on walks, although I can`t always get a good look to identify them properly. I`d love to be able to identify them as easily as garden birds, I only know a few at the moment. I`m looking forward to making more butterflies and also perhaps incorporating them into larger embroideries inspired by their evocative names.

This has been a wonderful summer so far, in fact it`s wonderful to actually have a summer for a change! Long may it last, although the garden would love a little rain- maybe just the odd shower at night!

Here are a few of my new butterflies:

small copper butterfly 090Small Copper

butterflies 8th july 010Orange Tip

butterflies 8th july 020Cleopatra`s Brimstone

red admiral 10th july 008Red Admiral

red admiral 10th july 010

2 butterflies 15th july 017a special order blue butterfly

butterfly for etsy 16th july 019Small White

butterfly for etsy 16th july 030my favourite so far!

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Frosty Mornings.

Frosty mornings this week- just perfect for a walk in the woods! I took these photos a couple of mornings ago on one of my favourite walks. All the thick mud and puddles from recent rains were frozen solid, great for walking on. There was nobody else about, just me out in the tingling cold and silvery light.

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Autumn Colours.

This has been a really beautiful Autumn. Sometimes in recent years we have had lots of strong winds in Autumn that blow the leaves off the trees before they have time to change colour, but this year the trees have been gorgeous. I took these photos in lanes and fields near my home on a golden afternoon last week.

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