Friday, February 15, 2008

Nearly Adonis

He's Bright.
He's a Fright.
Adonis isn't right.
This is what I get for making butterflies around a kindergartener who's been through "Edible Bug Day" (a Hostess Snowball ladybug and a Twinkie katydid).
Sherry Pence's Adonis has that nice long caterpillarish body butterflies should have. However, when someone is standing in front of you singing:
"Head, Thorax, Abdomen
Head, Thorax, Abdomen
Insects have three body parts!"
It's worth more than your tatting thread and shuttle to make more than three body parts. But...hey...I got those antennae knots pretty even!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Flower Patch

An early spring flower patch -- maybe early pansies or grapehyacinth? This Sherry Pence butterfly is actually made with size 80 DMC tatting thread. The body is green and lavender variegated and the wings are purple ombre. The colors are more somber colors than the three shades Sherry used in the book, but I like it anyway. It's a ...hmmm... night butterfly. I really like the uplifted look of these wings as well. Sherry's butterflies all look so happy to me! Oh, and if you look closely enough, you'll see I finally got those antennae knots even!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Prima Butterfly

This is such a neat pattern! Of the butterflies I've done from Sherry Pence's "The Exquisite Collection of Tatted Butterflies" this Prima is my sister's favorite. Of course, she wishes I'd done it in the lovely shades of green Sherry used in her book (which almost gives it the delicacy of a luna moth). I used Coats pastel variegated hand-quilting thread. I need to try this one again in a larger thread as I had some difficulty manipulating the center chains. Well, either that or I need to get new glasses. This is another of those poor dears that has the unevenly knotted antennae. I keep thinking the thread is going to fray down to the base and unravel the whole thing. Probably an unfounded worry; nevertheless, I do those knots.