Friday, October 18, 2013

A New "Creative Something"










 While searching yesterday for that new "creative something" to try I came across a wonderful site on Etsy - Blue Terracotta by Laura. At once I loved her butterflies and decided to have a go at making one, working it out as I went. The smaller aqua-white butterfly was the result. 

Then last night I discovered Laura had a website which includes a tutorial for making her butterflies. My method and materials are a little different but follow a similar basic process. 

Today I bought some iron-on interfacing (to give more body to the wings while using quilting weight fabrics) and made the larger purple-green butterfly with a wingspan of 5"/12.5cm. The possibilities are endless for recreating life-like butterflies or being as creative and fanciful as you like. I can't wait to make another one, maybe a little smaller this time.


30 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

You could have flying butterflies gracing your wall in place of the flying ducks my Mum had! They would make a pretty mobile too! Lovely!

Giga said...

Patrzyłam na stronki, które pokazałaś w poście i o mało nie zapomniałam napisać komentarza u Ciebie :(. Chcę Ci powiedzieć, że motylki są urocze i pewno najmłodsza córka będzie je nosiła we włosach. Pozdrawiam.
I was looking for sites that you showed in your post and almost forgot to write a comment from you: (. Want to tell you that butterflies are adorable and definitely the youngest daughter will be worn in the hair. Yours.

Deanne Langford said...

These are just lovely! I would love to see dragonflies too!

geanina said...

beautiful work! complimenti! :)

Fun60 said...

They look beautiful. I like the idea of making a mobile.

Joop Zand said...

Thats nice Karen.....well done.

Our photos said...

They are beautiful!
Greetings, RW & SK

Saskia Stegman said...

They are lovely,what a good idea. Eloise has some paper ones also bought from Etsy flying up her bedroom wall that are getting a bit tatty. She could make some of these to replace them.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

They are quite fun to make Saskia, not too fiddly. Lots of inspiration on the sites mentioned above.

Seeing Each Day said...

I'm a fan - it sounds like you (deservedly), had a feeling of accomplishment , well done.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

These are really neat and they make you feel happy just looking at them. I'm sure creating them is great fun.

Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

The patterns and colors are endless! What a clever creation.

Filip Demuinck said...

Talking about creativity. Top.

Greetings,
Filip

Sylvia K said...

These are delightful and so creative, Karen!! I love them! Thanks, as always, for sharing not only the fun and the beauty, but your talent as well!! Hope you and your family enjoy a beautiful weekend!!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Those butterflies are beautiful!! You are very creative with your needle and thread!

TheChieftess said...

Sweet!!! Love how they look like they're fluttering!!!

Ranten said...

Lovely butterflies! For the whole year :)

mommyreviews said...

that is very fun! you could probably sell them on etsy :). blessings!

Barb said...

Love seeing your colorful butterflies, Karen. You are always creating something!

Sarah Huizenga said...

I am so impressed that you could whip those out so fast. They turned out great!

Sarah Lizzie said...

I love your butterflies, Karen. As you say so, so, so many possibilities. I must try a few of these gorgeous critters. Thank you for the inspiration!!

amanda | wildly simple said...

They are beautiful and so creative!
You make me want to go make something at this very moment.
We just had my husband's brother, mother, grandmother, and three extra nephews added to our household all evening though, I just finished sweeping up & washing dishes.
I suppose I'll call it a night.
I'm inspired to make something tomorrow though. :)

Julie said...

These are lovely - you could attach little clips of some sort and put them on your Christmas tree. I have seen similar ones made with vintage embroidery on pinterest, so will have to look at this tutorial now. Thank you for sharing them.

Linda R said...

I just love your butterflies. I would love to give them a try. Who know I just might.

Hugs~

Shirley said...

One can never have enough butterflies.These are just beautiful.

Erica Sta said...

Wow, looks so nice ... Also for gift wrapping. Wonderful idea.
Have a nice sunday.

Cheers, Heidrun from Bavaria <3

Lisa RedWillow~ a Beauty seeker said...

oh I love them. They are so cute . So beautiful

born ambitious. born imaginative. said...

Those are so cute! My little girl would love them!

Cathy said...

I like your fabric butterflies.

Elise Lea said...

Beautiful Butterflies! I am always amazed by the beautiful things you create and these are no exception. I especially love the face of the purple and green one.

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