My embroidery obsession continues. Before we left for San Diego and Eve's birthday party, before the visit from our son's family I had started on another embroidery project featuring the jewels of the summer garden - butterflies. I love everything about butterflies but most especially their endless variety and color which makes them perfect subjects for machine embroidery.
Isn't it amazing how the above stitching begins as what appears as tangled thread and ends as a wonderful, detailed butterfly?
Each of these butterfly designs uses between 20 and 26 colors of thread to complete the design. Lots of color changes and so I'm watching the machine like a hawk to avoid thread breakage and bobbin tangles.
Each design takes about two hours to stitch out and I've found that if I let my embroidery machine cool off a bit between stitch outs I get a better result over all so I usually do one design per day.
As these are stitching I'm planning which thread color I'll use next and using my notebook to sketch out an overall layout for the finished embroideries. I'm not a big fan of plopping them down in a grid and calling it a day.
These butterflies are destined for a small wallhanging in a window box layout. I love the shadow box effect so far. Believe it or not after I had these all together I found the perfect border fabric in my stash just waiting to be used. I didn't even know it was there until I went looking for a border.
Alas, there wasn't enough of it so you know what that means - an internet search. I'll show you the results of my quest next time.
What do you think? Should I have planned it all out before I started or do you design on the fly like me?
It's Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times let's go see what everyone else is working on.
Until next time,
*These are Amazing Designs Butterflies III & IV