I was very excited to create a butterfly to donate to the Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project. As of this time last year they had already received over 400,000 butterflies. Houston is not very far from my home in Austin, Texas so I am seriously considering a trip to see this amazing exhibit when it opens in 2012.
I recently moved into a new place and my craft stuff, sadly was the last to get unpacked. This project was the first I attempted in my new craft space. At first I felt like my craft mojo just wasn’t flowing. I did everything backwards and in the most difficult way possible. I didn’t start out with a very clear vision of what I was hoping to accomplish. I should have sorted through my stash more, pulled some swatches and sketched it out first, but instead I just went for it.
Happily, in the end I really like the finished project. Here is how I made it:
- Fabric–I used new heavy weight cotton for the background and a heavier weight fabric from a thrifted dust ruffle. I had originally planned on doing a collage and using lots of fabric scraps but I really liked the pattern of the ruffle and thought it made a nice butterfly.
- Embroidery floss, needle–Optional, however I found the no-glitter rule to be very hard so I felt like I had to spruce up my butterfly where I could, and I’m really into embroidery right now so it finds it’s way into everything I make now.
- Freezer paper or embroidery hoop: I decided last minute to use embroidery on my finished butterfly so I used freezer paper to stabilize my fabric enough to embroider without a hoop. If you think ahead, a hoop would be easier.
- Pellon Wonder Under Extra Strong Paper-Backed Fusible Web
- Scissors, pinking shears
- Iron, board and pressing cloth: Trust me, you need a pressing cloth so that the gummy fusible web doesn’t get on your iron or board and to ensure that your fabric doesn’t scorch.