Wall butterflies

Butterflies on wall

Wall butterflies are so called from their habit of basking on sunny walls and other surfaces. The butterflies in this piece are made from transfer painted lightweight Lutrador, while the background began life as a machine embroidery exercise - stretching assorted yarns over a metal frame, inserting strips of fabric between them and free machining on top. In the end I cut my fabric into small squares, which then had to be stitched by hand to make sure they stayed in place. The "stones" were then textured with Xpandaprint and further stitching, and the butterflies applied on top. Finally, the metal frame, which necessarily remained part of the finished piece, was buttonholed all round in a suitable colour. This had the advantage of keeping the background yarns in place.

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