Butterfly Dreams

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!  

So lovely!  


Sending you wishes for Peace and Love on this Valentine's Day!  


gocrazywithme said…
So gorgeous, Lisa! The butterfly is just incredibly realistic, and his perch (the whole thing) is artistic and lovely.
Faye said…
Lisa, this one is gorgeous, I've made a couple of these pincushions. I love them, so pretty... Thanks for sharing - Faye
Absolutely stunning! You captured a monarch perfectly.
Renee said…
Lisa, you've created yet another stunning masterpiece. Beautiful work!
Sheree said…
Love ....... so eloquently stated !
So very lovely and peaceful! Thank you for sharing yor talents with us all. You are so inspiring to me. Hugs, Pam Gonzalez
Wilma said…
Gorgeous pincushion Lisa!

What a delight to see your beautifully stitched butterfly/crazy quilt
pincushion during this interlude between snow storms.....an affirmation
that Spring will come again this year.
SallytotheMax said…
I LOVE seeing your work, Lisa! Today you included a sneak peek at your process with your journal and a little sketch of the butterfly and flowers. How much do you design on paper and how much is "in the moment" with the fabric and threads? Whatever your process, the result is lovely :)
Oh my dear Lisa ~ I love this pincushion of yours with it's resting butterfly. You did a wonderful job and have inspired me to create some butterflies myself.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady
Unknown said…
Wow Lisa, this is beyond beautiful. This is a museum piece. I can envision the butterfly landing on the milkweed its wings flapping in the breeze. Thank you for sharing your work.
I'm making some circled crazy stitching pin cushions too! I'll have to post them and link up to yours as well. This is gorgeous!!
Pamela Kellogg said…
OMG! This is so incredibly beautiful!!!! I could stare at it all day and not get anything else done!
FredaB said…
The butterfly is so perfect it looks like it could just fly away. Wonderful sitting like that on the pincushion.
Anonymous said…
Perfect, so lovely!!! Just catching up so nice to see this, lifts my spirits.
Ema N said…
LOVE your butterfly pincushion so much! thanks for sharing.
Ann said…
Another beautiful pincushion. We can't wait to meet you in October in person.
Susan Elliott said…
Masterful! You did such a beautiful job stitching this butterfly. I also love the milkweed flower cluster! I love when the milkweed blooms; the smell attracts me too!!

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