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« on: September 06, 2016 06:48:37 AM »

I made this for lindyv321 in the most recent IYP swap. I have coveted her embroidery for a while now and she graciously allowed me to experiment with the stumpwork lesson I recently acquired from sheepBlue during the Craftster Canada Meet Up. Lindy likes butterflies and skulls, so I thought I'd combine them for this hoop!



Close up of the stumpwork wings:



I sketched the wings out first using a printed wing inspiration image and a light box to transfer. sheepBlue talked me out of a more intricate version...which is good because filling in the wings took forever. Here's a pic of the transferred pattern and the first step of attaching the wire outline:



I wanted one wing to look like the underside of a wing since it was in profile, so I went with a lighter color scheme to mimic this effect. Here's another progress shot where I started the lighter "underside." Bonus tidbit: the floss covered wire below was from sheepBlue (originally from alwaysinmyroom) and was used to do the butterfly legs.



I thought the wire that I used to outline the wings in my stumpwork would be too thick to push through the fabric, so I cut off the excess after embroidering. I ended up using a very thin background fabric, so this turned out to be problematic when I went to attach the wings to the skull. The wings were too floppy on the hoop at first.

I ended up having to reattach wire to the frame of the wings and using a backing fabric and cardboard to stabilize the wings. A little twirling and gluing a la craftylittlemonkey, and the wings were secure!



I had a lot of fun with this project and obviously have a lot of craftsters to thank for it all coming together.



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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2016 07:07:55 AM »

Yay, stumpwork! I like the paler version of the back wing, tres clever! I'm so trying a butterfly next, or some sort of bug at least. Amazing Smiley.
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2016 07:45:59 AM »

Absolutely stunning my friend.  Beautiful work.
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2016 08:02:13 AM »

WOW! That is fabulous!
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2016 08:24:25 AM »

There is just so much awesome in this project!

I love that it is so lindy (hello...her tattoo tells us what she loves!)...

I also love the many tips and ideas you got...you did a fantastic job especially doing the different colored wings!!!  Such attention to details!

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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2016 09:52:10 AM »

Thank you all! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2016 08:27:36 PM »

I really enjoy reading posts like these, where there has been inspiration or materials or advice from wonderful Craftster peeps. This post has all of those things! And a crazy awesome piece of art to boot! That is some stellar stitching!
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2016 09:26:54 AM »

I definitely would not be the crafter I am without Craftster peeps! Grin
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2016 03:21:26 PM »

Excellent work!
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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2016 06:45:13 AM »

This turned out amazing!!!  Grin Your fill stitching is seriously on point - even if it did take hours of work. It was worth it!
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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2016 05:17:56 AM »

Wow - that is just gorgeous!
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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2016 01:28:04 PM »

This is fabulous!!   I also love the slightly paler back wing and the details are lovely.  Just a beautiful job!
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« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2018 10:45:24 AM »

I'm revisiting all the stumpwork on here, particularly butterflies. Yours is stitched to beautifully. I really need to practice precision so I can fill things in this well. Lovely, lovely work here Smiley.
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2018 09:25:03 AM »

I would have never put skulls and butterflies together but what a great combo!  And I  have learned so much from fellow craftsters
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« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2018 10:19:51 AM »

bethnim, actually skulls and butterflies DO go together when it's a Dios de los Muertos theme.
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« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2018 10:26:29 AM »

I would have never put skulls and butterflies together but what a great combo!  And I  have learned so much from fellow craftsters

Isn't it neat? Ohhhh! Maybe you can crochet a skull with butterflies! That would be so awesome!
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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2018 10:30:06 AM »

I would have never put skulls and butterflies together but what a great combo!  And I  have learned so much from fellow craftsters

Isn't it neat? Ohhhh! Maybe you can crochet a skull with butterflies! That would be so awesome!

I smell a new project!!!
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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2018 10:37:42 AM »

Ooh! I have a crocheted skull I made last year sitting around in a box upstairs and I have been wanting to try out this cool plastic canvas butterfly pattern I saw somewhere. Maybe the two of them could go together for something nea.? There are some Halloween swaps coming up, right? Hmm hmm hmm, the brains are churning!
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