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Monday, August 24, 2009

A Butterfly Flew By

While out walking and looking for something great to photograph, this beautiful large butterfly seemed to know what I was doing,.......
and stopped by to pay me a visit. My photograph does not do it justice, however, it was so much more beautiful than what the camera reveals.
In the work I do, I get most of my inspiration from nature, such as butterflies and flowers. I have had this set of pillowcases just waiting to be stitched for the longest time. I usually embroider butterflies in the traditional yellow with black. After being visited by such a beautiful creature, I turned to my blacks, peacock blues, and soft blues. You can't tell much by this photo, but the peacock blue running through the black center is striking. The spots on the outside wings are a much bluer soft blue as well.

A sprig of leaves flow on each side of the butterfly.



I need to now add an edging to the bottom and I will have one more set of pillowcases complete. I am still getting my stock ready to sell.
Now......
what color of butterfly do you like best??? The large yellow and black Tiger Swallowtail? The black and red Admiral? Or the tiny blue or yellow butterflies flitting back and forth among the flowers?
I would love to hear!



10 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a beautiful butterfly. And how special that you were visited. The butterfly knew you were an admirer. I love all the butterflies. We have several varieties in our area. I planted a Yellow cassis plant and the yellow butterflies seem to love it.

Mildred said...

I love all butterflies. This is a lovely design on the pillowcases.

Muddling Through said...

Oh, so beautiful! You do such lovely embroidery.

Conni said...

Beautiful stitching!

Jane Smith said...

Absolutely gorgeous.

papel1 said...

I live in Mariposa, Spanish for Butterfly. I love them and your design. Right we are traveling in our trailer.
Judy

Farm Chick Paula said...

I love all kinds of butterflies, too, Kathleen... and I love it when they land on me for a visit!!

seanymph said...

I love your site. You inspire me to do it different. I do lots of projects of all kinds of needlework. But now Im looking at the embroidery pile in a different way. I would see the stamping and think it has to be done the right way. But seeing your site......I realize there truly is no right way.....thank you.

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

you always amaze me with your creativity! i think it's great how you get so inspired by God's wonderful Creation!

Cathy said...

Kathleen, what a beautiful black butterfly. I just posted my 'folk art' butterfly, and I had to laugh because it looked sort of like a pickle in the middle. LOL...I added another color and some dots to make it not look like a pickle.