butterflies - wool applique using Colour Complements threads

It is all about BUTTERFLIES today.  This is butterfly #13 in Kathleen’s wool applique project, Butterfly Sampler designed by Sue Spargo.  If you have been following this project then you know that the sampler measures 16×22 and Kathleen chose a soft green wool as her background.

I love the blue/gray wool of this butterfly set against the soft green background!  The body on this butterfly is a simple and effective treatment using straight stitches on the diagonal with size 5 perle cotton – fabulous Kathleen!  The upper wings are bordered with a combination of buttonhole and cast-on stitches.  They have been layered with a patterned cotton fabric (Kathleen has a huge stash!) which is bordered with chain stitch.  This is further overlaid with a blue velvet circle.

The lower wings are bordered with bullion stitches and embellished with a collection of French knots outlining the shape of the wing and a central row of straight stitches. 

I have mentioned many times that I am a big fan of butterflies.  In fact, I try to include several butterflies in all my crazy quilts. 

Remember, there are lots of different colour combinations in my SHOP for embellishing. 

If you are not familiar with any of these stitches, remember you can find video tutorials on Mary Corbet’s NeedleNThread.

You can see more of this project in previous posts HERE and HERE.  Thank you for another beauty Kathleen. 

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