Friday, September 13, 2013
Butterflies are Free; at least, mine are :-)
Butterflies flew into my brain a couple of weeks ago, when I was thinking about adding wings to my Forget-Me-Knot kids. I've always loved the illustrations of Cicely Mary Barker; her Flower Fairies drawings from the 1920's are delightful, and they all have very realistic butterfly and moth wings. Sooooo...
Here is my attempt at creating some realistic butterflies in crochet:
The patterns are done in one color, so it will be up to you to decide how to crochet your butterfly. I used two books to come up with mine: Butterflies of Indiana, by Jeffery E. Belth; and Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America, by Jim P. Brock and Kenn Kaufman. These are both excellent field guides full of pictures. The Indiana book is also excellent from the wealth of information regarding habitat, ecology, conservation, and everything you ever wanted to know about the life of butterflies.
I used acrylic paint to add some details to the wings, like dots of color and wing tips. Dual Duty button and craft thread was used to make the antennae. The butterflies were made with worsted, sport, and size 10 crochet cotton, with a slightly smaller than normal hook for the yarn or thread.
I've become captivated and plan to try a butterfly garden next year. Maybe you will too :-)