A fairy emerges from her cocoon and spreads her wings in the vernal sunshine; mere mortals see only a butterfly.
This was inspired by the Stitch Along 2020-to the End of Time! theme for March, Flora, Fairies and Fauna.
The wings are based on the Arizona State Butterfly, the Two-Tailed Swallowtail, and are my second attempt at stumpwork*
The background fabric was dyed with craft paint, then enhanced with colored pencil grass. I also paint-dyed
some embroidery floss, and tinted some with sharpie markers (some before stitching, some after. I like to alter even the very materials I use!)
*I love my first set of stumpwork (monarch) wings, but they didn’t want to work with this project, and became a summery birthday card:
I took a lot of byways getting here, chronicled at https://forum.lettucecraft.com/t/can-this-project-be-saved/11170/5