Lately, in celebration of spring finally arriving in the northern hemisphere, I’ve been posting patterns for flowers. To change things up a bit, I decided this week that I’d share the patterns for three different sizes and styles of butterflies.
The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is about an hours drive from here and is a fascinating place to spend a few hours. To inspire you, here are some photos from our last visit.
Butterflies are always so much fun to embroider because you can stitch them in almost any color you like. They can be realistic or whimsical depending what you’re making and who you’re making it for.
This pattern can be downloaded as a pdf here.
I hope you are all having fun linking up and/or visiting links. I know that I love visiting each and every one. I can honestly say that I’m learning things I’ve never known before and in turn being inspired to either try new techniques or to expand on the skills I already have.
As I mentioned last week, I’ve got some giveaways in the planning stages for those who link up each week and also for those who stop by and take the time to comment.
Although past link ups are closed to new entries, the Stitchery Link Parties themselves and all the projects that were linked up that week are available to check out any time you’d like. So if you didn’t get a chance to visit during a particular week, you can do so anytime you like.
I know that I’m certainly looking forward to being inspired again this week.
The rules are simple:
1. The project can be anything you’ve made as long as it includes embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.
These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.
2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.
3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.
4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.
The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:
5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.
Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.
6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.
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Oh and don’t worry if you’ve never linked up to a link party before, I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to this party but to any link party you might like to participate in.