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This week I decided to explore the process of incorporating natural elements into my embroidery projects. For the few that have seen my home (and for the rest who haven’t!) —it’s a mix of various collections including rocks and really neat branches that I’ve picked up during my adventures. I bet you’re wondering rocks? Branches? What in the world does a person do with these elements? I wondered the same until I found just the right use. Take a look!
While visiting friends in Kerrville, I wandered their beautiful property and found the most delightful rock. I got permission to take the rock and little did we know it would end up being a cute pedestal for a butterfly to rest upon. I had it sitting on my desk all week as a paperweight – but it will return to its home in Kerrville to my friends as a special gift.
The letters are chip board—you can find similar ones in the scrapbook aisle of your favorite retailer.
Next, I decided to cover a branch with butterflies and use it as wall décor. I love the mix of thread and natural elements.
Excited to find use for my other branches, I combined two small branches with carpenter’s glue. Then I created ribbon roses and placed them in one corner with a butterfly resting upon them. More chip board was used to spell the word “create” but I could have easily spelled my last name or other message. The Butterfly Fairy was a last minute addition to the scene.
Here’s a close-up of the Butterfly Fairy. One late night of butterfly stitching, my embroidery machine got hungry and started eating my fabric. The wings that were in the process of being stitched were incomplete but too pretty to throw away. I trimmed them and decided to use them to make fairy wings.
Since the underside of the embroidery would be visible, I covered the wings with organza. Then I made a doll using inspiration from Wee Felt Folk by Salley Mavor. The dress is made from the center of a daffodil. I loved the results and quickly posted the photo for my friends to see. But there was just one problem which I presented to them: “This Butterfly Fairy needs a name!”
I got a reply from a friend I recently reconnected with online. The name she presented and I fell in love with: Daphne! Look at her, she looks like a Daphne!
And that’s the story of how Daphne the Butterfly Fairy came together. I think she represents the beauty of using the resources you have—though imperfect, to make something special, unique and meaningful. Imagine if I had tossed the half stitched wings in the trash bin! And I love involving others in my embroidery projects – even though some live far away they can be part of the process online. It’s a constructive and positive use of social media that I encourage you to embrace if you haven’t already. It is quite fun to be a social butterfly!