While my team and I were putting the latest issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery together, an advertisement from Embroidery Online caught my attention. Did you see it? Here’s a glimpse of the ad from the Mach/April 2016 issue along with a full size stitched butterfly for scale.
The offer is pretty nifty: Make a purchase of $49 and receive the #12600 Luminous Freestanding Butterflies for free! Coupon code: DIME2016FREE. Offer ends 4/30/2016. The free collection download will be added to the cart automatically when you enter the code.
I thought it would be fun to try this special offer. By the end of this article I think you’ll agree, it’s an excellent offer you don’t want to miss. Purchase some thread, stabilizer or other supplies from Embroidery Online to make the $49 goal. Enter the coupon code: DIME2016FREE and you’re on your way to becoming quite the social butterfly!
This will be an ongoing series you’ll see as you flutter through our blog, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest pages. Every photo will be tagged #socialbutterfly and you are encouraged to post your creations made from this collection too!
I have a collection of real butterflies that are framed on my wall at home. I thought it would be fun to make my own embroidered version and make it look like a preserved ‘specimen’.
I used a Micro font from Inspirations Software to stitch the name on twill tape. Wanting to add some excitement, I used an online translator to convert “embroidered butterfly” to the equivalent in French. Until these butterfly designs fluttered into my world, I never ventured to embroider text on anything narrow much less in a foreign language. I’m glad I tried!
I added a pin to mimic the look of a real specimen. I glanced through insect collecting pages online and soon discovered there is quite a science to proper display and pinning… which I happily leave to the experts! For my embroidered butterfly, a regular sewing pin on the body of the butterfly was good enough for me!
As I posted very limited previews of the embroidered butterflies on my Facebook page for friends to see, I noticed a trend. My friends are passionate about butterflies! Sure, they have liked my posts in the past, but butterflies ignite a particular admiration. Here’s a sampling of my friends’ comments:
“The color possibilities are endless”
“Stunning….these butterflies are so wonderful.”
“I love love love these!!”
“These are amazing!!”
Their reactions inspired me to make a custom butterfly for a friend (she likes purple) and name it after her.
After stitching the name, I trimmed away the jump stitches then I used scrapbook brads to add a more custom touch to the project.
Here’s the finished piece!
When I present the gift to her I will add a little notecard that says:
“I named a butterfly after you!
It’s unique and special just like you!”
Here’s a look at more butterflies I have stitched in just ONE week. Each is slated for a special use. To the left you’ll see butterflies getting soaked to remove the water soluble stabilizer – or as I like to put it: “the butterflies are getting a bath”. I’ll be sharing how I used the rest of the butterflies throughout our blog and social media pages in the coming days… and weeks… because I’ve discovered it’s super fun to be a #socialbutterfly!
The next series will be of particular interest to those who collect natural random objects. I’ll show how I used the butterflies in unexpected ways on these objects. Until then, be sure to visit Embroidery Online to restock your sewing studio with much needed supplies and use code: DIME2016FREE at checkout.