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Summer Butterflies.

A few sunny days this Summer has meant a lot of butterfly stitching in the garden. I love sitting in the sun, snipping tiny fragments of fabric from my scrap box and hand sewing them into place to create butterfly wings. I try to be as accurate and close to the real thing as I can, part of the challenge is finding the perfect fabric and I quite often use the backs of prints for a subtler shade, or even paint up ‘grounds’ of calico in just the right colour. Sometimes I add a sprinkling of hand embroidered stitches for extra texture. A lot of fiddly hand sewing goes into each one before they are finished off with machine stitching.

Here are a few of this Summer`s butterflies so far.

butterflies garden 006 A selection of finished butterflies out in the sun.

orange tip butterfly 028Orange Tip.

scarce copper and small blue 003Scarce Copper.

scarce copper and small blue 046Small Blue.

holly blue butterfly 011Holly Blue.

three small butterflies 001Moorland Clouded Yellow, Clouded Yellow and Small Heath. These brooches are a dainty 7cm across.

brimstone and orange tip 014Brimstone.

brimstone and orange tip 031I think Orange Tips are my favourite to make. I spotted quite a few real ones this Spring for the first time here.

clouded yellow and cranberry blue butterflies 027Cranberry blue.

clouded yellow and cranberry blue butterflies 033Clouded Yellow. I love the soft illustrations in this vintage field guide book.

cabbage white butterflies 040Four little ‘Cabbage Whites’. I couldn`t decide which one to make so I made them all!

cabbage white butterflies 052Large Whites.

cabbage white butterflies 054Small Whites.

purple and blue butterflies 001Adonis Blue.

large white butterfly 019A larger Large White.

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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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another batch of butterflies 1

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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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