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.