I hope you have all enjoyed the winter celebrations and are looking forward to a wonderful New Year. As a little thank you for all the lovely support you have given me over this past year I have created a little butterfly pattern that you can download here
I used it for the cover of a little needlebook but you could pop it anywhere. I think it would look sweet on a little notebook cover. You could add flowers or stitch lots of butterflies.
These are the threads I used for the butterfly
DMC 598 blue
DMC 3854 orange
DMC 352 coral
Anchor 874 gold (the equivalent DMC is DMC 834)
DMC 451 brown
a piece of cotton or linen (I used cotton calico) 17cm x 11cm
a piece of quilt batting 17cm x 11cm
a piece of co-ordinating lining fabric 17cm x 11cm (I used Liberty tana lawn Claire Aude D)
a piece of co-ordinating felt 14cm x 8cm
a number 7 crewel needle
If you are making the needle book you need to fold your calico in half and trace the pattern onto the left side (what will be the front of the needlebook) using a removable pen (transferring patterns).
Now, using 3 strands of DMC 598 and stem stitch outline the top wings of the butterfly. Next, using 3 strands of DMC 3854 and stem stitch outline the lower wings.
Now work on the upper wings stitching both in the same way.
Take 3 strands of DMC 352 and, using rows of back stitch fill the edging of the top wings on both sides as above.
Now fill the tall triangles on the top wings using 3 strands of DMC 3854 and back stitch.
Fill the circles with Anchor 874 and satin stitch, again using 3 strands.
Next fill the wings with ecru thread and back stitch. I used a slightly longer stitch than usual for this part (about 3 - 4mm) Just stitch lines of back stitch and then add more lines next to those until you have filled the whole area
Next take 3 strands of DMC 451 and use back stitch to outline the body and stitch the antennae but not the tail
then fill the body with the same thread and stitch
For the tail stitch alternate single stitches using first DMC ecru then DMC 451 until the tail is filled
I stitched the very tip of the tail using DMC 451 and vertical stitches.
Next, using Anchor 874 and stem stitch embroider the lines on the lower wings.
Pop coral french knots in between the gold lines as above using 3 strands DMC 352.
Next add more french knots to the top wings where indicated using 3 strands of DMC 352.
Add a coral french knot to the top of each antennae using the same.
Once you have finished the butterfly stitching you need to place the embroidered calico onto the quilt batting ready to add the french knots and running stitch
Leave a 1cm border all the way around as a seam allowance as shown. Then stitch through the cotton and batting making lots of french knots (you could use seed stitch if you prefer) on the front cover.
For the back I drew straight lines 0.5cm apart and then stitched through the cotton and batting using running stitch
Tomorrow I will share how to stitch the needlebook together