And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on the Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Sensitive Plant
Is there anything more joyful than a beautiful butterfly in the midst of winter? What a delight it has been to stitch on this beauty during the cold dark days of the year!
It began back in December with the piecing of a pincushion. In hindsight, I wish I'd used all green fabrics, but it turned out lovely, none the less!
Working the stump work butterfly was a joy. As you may know if you have been reading my blog for long, orange is NOT my favorite color, but on a Monarch Butterfly, it is joyful and stunning!
I added a ball of milkweed flowers to the block for the butterfly to perch on. For the remainder of the block, I tried to imagine flowers that looked like they might attract a butterfly rather than relying on exact copies of real flowers.
At last, after stitching for the last 3 months in tiny bits of stolen time amidst all the other busy things taking place in my life, the butterfly landed on the pincushion this past week!
I love how the little bit of wire in the wings adds a bit of gentle shape and how the old flower stamens created the perfect antennas!
A few little blue butterflies came to join the Monarch!
Sending you wishes for Peace and Love on this Valentine's Day!