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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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Four Butterflies.

These are some butterflies I`ve been working on this week. They are part of the little collection that I`m sending down to Made in Britain in a few days.

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garden and four butterflies for MIB 105My version of an Orange Tip. I think this one is my favourite. I try to make my butterflies as close to the real thing as I can, although on a slightly larger scale!

garden and four butterflies for MIB 110An Adonis Blue.

garden and four butterflies for MIB 115A male Large White. I`ve made a few of these white butterflies now and really love layering white on white.

garden and four butterflies for MIB 124A female Gatekeeper.

 

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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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