Monday, January 9, 2012

Butterflies. Dragonflies in SRE

A flower garden cannot survive without a visit from the birds
and bees to pollinate and keep it reproducing beautiful blooms.
I feel that a Silk Ribbon Embroidery is enhanced by the addition of
Butterflies, Dragonflies, Bees, Bugs, Spiders and even Ants.
You could add a charm, lace motif or go one step further
with Silk Ribbons, Threads and Beads. 
These small items are great for
using those small lengths of ribbon. No need to limit them
to your Garden Scenes, add as an embellishment to 
other items you have made. 
(eg. Baby's Clothing, on a bodice, headband, lingerie,
gift satchels, crazy patch. )

Butterflies:  If you do not feel confident at doing these
free hand, do a simple sketch to help
keep it in proportion. Before you begin, decide on 
the size, the body shape, whether you would like 
to use the same size Silk Ribbon ( 7mm. for the
top wings and 4 mm for the lower are my preference.)
The colours are numerous, so go wild or match it
to your embroidery. 
A Google Image search on Butterflies will give 
you loads of inspiration.

1st. Stitch the body with a basic straight / satin stitch. 
(My preference is Kreinik Thread, which adds
some bling and reflection of light, plus I just
love the colours available) then add 2 stitches for
the antenna.

 2nd. Start with the wings at the top, doing a ribbon stitch
and then a corresponding one on the other side.
Work your way down to the tail.

3rd.  Add any decoration for the markings on the wings.
( French Knots - silk threads or metallic, beads, sequins).

4th. If a side version add a few stitches for the legs.

Just a sample of some different ways to create these.

Carol Daisy


  1. Happy birthday 2012, congratulations, great work, very nice blog

  2. These are so cute. Thank you so much for showing how you make them. I especially like the way you have used the beads.

  3. Good lesson! I will have to try these.

  4. Wow this is beautiful!!!!Michaela