Stitched with all silk threads, on antique white linen, this sampler was a joy to design from start to finish! I loved the soft green colour of the little green Gazebo, where you can sit and rest under the canopy of tumbling vines and you are hidden for butterfly watching! It has old fashioned roses climbing over the roof and is surrounded by herbs and flowers. I just know that if I had one, I’d like it to look just like that! I spent some time reading about the spirit of attracting butterflies, and enjoyed finding out which plants are known to encourage butterflies to come to feed often. My friend Cathy has planted bushes and plants in their garden, and the sight of them dancing around their garden this summer was just beautiful to behold! So when I designed the garden beyond, I also included more dancing multicoloured butterflies, and planted it with plants butterflies love! The Black-Eyed Susans, Butterfly Bush, Lavender, Purple Coneflowers, and of course, delphiniums and more butterflies.... The Rhodes Butterfly band gave me a good feeling, as I always love to work the Rhodes stitch especially this time, when I got to see what kinds of colours would come out of the new Thread Gatherer Silk ‘N Colors Overdyed threads! Cecilia actually dyed it to order for me, and we will have exclusive use of it! A wee Hardanger gate sits at the bottom of the sampler, and when I had finished weaving two little butterflies in the gate, it looked just right! A delectable choice of textures and techniques for the experienced stitcher, this Learning Sampler is also ideal for the beginning specialty stitcher. Have fun stitching your own Butterfly Garden!
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