Monday, May 8, 2017

Appliqued Butterfly Picture


We try with varying success each year to attract butterflies to our garden. We suffered a setback a few years ago when our beautiful butterfly bush failed to survive an especially harsh winter. I designed this project so we can always have butterflies at our house, even if real ones don't find their way to our backyard. It hangs year-round in my craft room, but it would make a great gift for Mother's Day.

The butterfly wings are cut from WoolFelt from National Nonwovens (I used Mac 'n Cheese, Chartreuse, and Blue Bayou) and appliqued onto an even-weave background. The details are embroidered with DMC six-strand embroidery floss. I'm not gonna lie--this project requires some patience, especially the monarch butterfly. But it's totally worth the effort, don't you think?

This project was featured in the 2016 Garden issue of Craft Ideas  magazine. Click here to go to the patterns and instructions on the magazine's website.




10 comments:

  1. They are absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

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    1. Thank you, Teresa, and thanks so much for hosting the Really Crafty Link Party!

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  2. So beautiful! Your work is so beautiful!

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comment, Cristina!

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  3. This is such a great idea! I've never thought of framing appliqued art. Thanks for the awesome idea!

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    1. You're very welcome--thank you for stopping by!

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  4. Kathleen, This is absolutely gorgeous! You will be one of my features at the next Snickerdoodle Create-Bake-Make Link Party - this Saturday! Hope you can join us!
    ~Laurie

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  5. This is just beautiful, a real work of art.

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    1. Thank you, Julie--sorry for the delayed response!

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