Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Take a Stitch Tuesday - Butterfly Chain Stitch - Week 21

This week for Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST), the featured stitch is the butterfly chain stitch.

To do the stitch, I did three vertical stitches. These can be done in the same length or varying lengths. In the picture above, the red group of stitches are in a 5-7-5 pattern while the blue stitches are in a 7-5-7 pattern.

Around the middle of the stitch, I did twisted chain stitch in the other color. So, with either pattern noted above, that would be on the fourth (or middle) row.

I chose red and blue for the embroidery floss and white Aida cloth for the fabric because it was Memorial Day weekend during this time period.

As with the other weeks, I combined the samplers with a journal entry, a list of things for which I'm grateful, and images of things I saw or did:

- Red and white check background - Sophia, Olivia, and I went to a picnic at Stone House Museum on Memorial Day. We also grilled a Caribbean-theme meal and enjoyed eating homemade ice cream outdoors on Sunday.

- Pot of lavender - In the backyard, there are three different types of flowers that are purple that are blooming right now. The butterflies are visiting them and drinking nectar.

- Arrowhead arrow - The girls and I went to William O'Brien State Park and learned about Ojibwe dream catchers and the symbolism of each component. We learned to make one, and each of us took one home.

- Hummingbird - Not only is the hummingbird visiting the feeder multiple times each day, but lots of butterflies. Also saw something that looked like a hummingbird, but wasn't. It is a white-lined sphnix moth. Found a video that shows how the moth looks and flies. It is also called the hummingbird moth or hawk moth.

- Trio of owls - Sophia, Olivia, and I went to William O'Brien State Park on Saturday and learned about owls, and then dissected an owl pellet. It was an interesting program.

- Pond image of a frog, irises, and dragonfly - The pond in the pasture is very high this year thanks to many thunderstorms recently. The irises are in full bloom - more than I've ever seen. The frogs still are singing which is unusual. Usually they sing in April and then stop. It's been wonderful hearing them for such a long period of time. The dragonflies have returned, and are flying about the farm.


The Adventurer said...

So Pretty and creative. Since Homeschooling I haven't had time to do many crafty things just for fun. But you are inspiring me:) Thanks for linking up to the NOBH and welcome

Gwen said...

This is a stitch I did not know about...how effective it iS:))))Love what you have done with it.

Carolyn Dube said...

Stunning- esp. in the red and blue! I am going to have to remember this for the 4th of July! Thanks for sharing!

Rita said...

Lovely! And it so good that your journal so that you remember why you chose everything on the page spread. :)