Well I'm always up for a good challenge and so I decided to have a bit of fun with my 2nd entry in Tartan Kiwi's Butterfly Challenge.
I decided this time around that I would alter the original pattern and do something different on the wings. Using this butterfly picture as my inspiration, I dug out my scraps of batiks.
After playing around with a few ideas, I finally settled on using a Basket Weave design for the upper and lower wings. I paper pieced these bits separately and then trimmed them down to size to fit the main wing template.
Once I had finished piecing the entire pattern, I decided to add some sparkle by using some DMC Light Effects Embroidery Floss (E130). This time I didn't just hand stitch on the antennae, but I also stitched around the outside perimeter of the butterfly and highlighted each of the colour block sections. It glistens & sparkles each time the light catches it.
As I didn't have enough of the darker blue or pink batik fabrics to use for borders or binding, I decided to turn this one into a cushion instead. I raided my fabric stash and found some blue butterfly fabric which also had a bit of sparkle in it. Perfect! I sewed around the outside of the butterfly and stuffed it with Hobby Fill.
Once finished I let it fly free around the house. The first place it settled was on the futon next to Gemma the cat.
Then I let it fly around outside:
Here are some close ups of the detail of my "Basket Weave Batik Butterfly":
What a beautiful butterfly, I love that you really got into the spirit of the challenge.ReplyDelete
Good luck! J x
Thank you Juliet, I thought I'd have a bit of fun with this one.Delete
Fiona this is magnificent!! Love everything about it!!ReplyDelete
Thank you Honey xoxoDelete
That is awesome Fiona!ReplyDelete
Wow, the colours in this one are even more stunning than in your other butterfly. Gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Such a pretty, rich color wash :)ReplyDelete
Gorgeous! Love the use of the embellishments!ReplyDelete
Breathtaking! So nice to have found your blog!ReplyDelete
Following your blog and Flickr , sister ;-).
thank you so much, it is a delight to "meet" you! xoxoDelete