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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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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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butterfly brooch 4

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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butterfly brooches 8

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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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