Sunday, August 8, 2010

A butterfly.

Hi, guys. Hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I've been busy lately trying to sew my mom some new curtains for the living room...but I unfortunately ran out of fabric before I could finish. And the store was also sold out (go figure), so I can't get more until Thursday. Mom's birthday is today, and I really wanted to have them finished before today, but it was impossible. I'm hoping to work on a bunch of stuff tomorrow and Tuesday, and I'll post what I make (including-hopefully-a new bag for myself!).

I finished reading Jane Austen's "Persuasion" again last night. I love that book! It seems to be one of the more overlooked of her novels, which is sad because it's such a sweet story. Seriously, how romantic is the plot? Two people who were separated but could never love anyone else because they were still in love with each other.

I just wanted to take a minute to post this. It's my second major embroidery project. My cousin's little girl is about to turn 3 on Thursday, and her birthday party was yesterday. She is all about butterflies right now. The other day, I was finishing my Alice embroidery, and Maya was watching me. I said, "Do you have any butterfly pictures in your room?" She said, "No. Will you make me one?" It was so sweet that I couldn't resist. So I made her this:

I found the picture on Google and printed it off, then traced it onto the fabric (with a pencil this time, at least). I'm sorry that the pictures are bad, but I was finishing it on the way to the party, so they were taken during the poorly lit, bumpy truck ride. :)

I used a backstitch, an attempted satin stitch, a long and short stitch (on the body, which I'm really proud of), and a split stitch for the border. The floss was pink, purple, and black.

I struggled with the back. It's for hanging on the wall, so the back really doesn't matter. But I wish I had had enough time to make it look more finished. I ended up having to use glue to "hide" the edges of the fabric. It looks sort of sloppy up close, but of course when it's hanging up, you won't see it. By the way, this is smaller than my Alice, which is in about a 9 inch hoop...this is a 6 inch one.

Until next time,


  1. What a lovely embroidered butterfly! It's turned out quite good!

  2. so cute! i love it. and the back looks pretty darn good to me. ;)


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