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This is a blog to show off my needlework, mainly crazy quilting, beading and crochet. It makes me happy to create these things and even more happy to share the fun with friends. Pictures of my beading projects are at

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Green Apple Flutter

Last blog I ask for suggestions for a name of my red orange and apple green block. Susan Elliott went on a roll with suggestions as you can see in the comments on that blog. I didn't pick one of hers, but they inspired me and the new name for the block is Green Apple Flutter.

Flutter refers to the butterfly wings featured on fabric in the block from old komonos. Other butterflies have joined them on the block including two stumpwork ones.

I've been flirting with stumpwork for a while. Sadly, sadly missed our EGA chapter workshop by Jane Nickols because I was sick. Very disappointed. But, I have a new book that gives the instruction I wanted: Royal School of Needlework's Essential Stitch Guides: Stumpwork, by Kate Stinton published this year. Mary Corbet reviewed the book recently. She likes it, too.

My butterfly wings were made as "wired fabric slips." They are attached by piercing the block fabric with a stylus or laying tool, inserting the wires through the hole, folding them back and tacking them down. This leaves the wings free for a 3-D look. This close up photo shows I need to do some more trimming of the basic fabric around the edges. The actual butterfly is 1 1/2 inch across.


  1. I LOVE Green Apple Flutter! It's perfect!

    And your little butterfly is a joy the closeup pic too. Hope your Summer has been well and you're tucked in safe and sound for the hurricane...xoxo

  2. Love this!

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    The Competition
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    Nancy Eha of Bead Creative - 75.00 prize bundle from her shop

    Nicki Seavey of Raviolee Dreams - 50.00 gift certificate to her shop!

    Shelia of Artemis Silk Ribbon - Prize unknown at the moment

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