I wanted to celebrate Spring with a close up of butterfly bodies. You will also get a close up of the back of my work.
After you try one of these little sweet butterflies, you will want to embroider them to everything. Jeans, T-shirts, and especially dishtowels. Things just feel happier with embroidery.
"Chase Your Dreams" Embroidered Dishtowel pattern or kit can be found in "Embroidered Toweling" Category on this website.
First step in all dishtowel embroidery is to wash and dry your dishtowel. You will want to pre-shrink your towel before doing all the embroidery work. I used a cool setting for my washer water and a normal setting for dryer heat.
After wings are done with a backstitch, I used 2 strands of black floss for the body. I took one stitch from top to bottom of butterfly.
Then, I repeated this stitch one more time to emphasize the body.
Knot off the 2 strands. Wrap the needle around previous stitching a couple times to secure. DO NOT CUT THE THREAD. Next, cut only one strand off. Remove the cut strand from the needle. You will use the one strand left in the needle to make the antennae.
Check out my backside. Not perfect. But kind of neat? I do not carry strands far. If it over an inch, I cut. I trail or wrap the thread under to carry under 1 inch away. Leaves will be placed all around the flowers. These threads will be carried under these flowers.
Use the existing 1 strand to stitch the antennae.
Simple and sweet little butterfly finished.
Keep posted for backstitch and French Knot Blog Posts.