This blog should be called "The Adventures of a Fabric Junkie!". I am passionate about fabric, threads, colours and textures. I can record my crazy quilting, sane quilting, embroidery and everything else that I consider important in my life.

Photo shows my block for the Hurricane Katrina fund-raising quilt "All That Jazz".

Friday, April 01, 2011

Step-By-Step How-to for the Butterfly seam

1.  Work a single fly stitch about 3/8inch on either side of the anchoring thread in the centre. Take the anchoring thread down just on the other side of the thread.
2. Work a second smaller fly stitch about 1/8 inch down from the first with each side being about 1/4 inch.
3. Work an upside-down fly stitch coming up to join the other two and take the anchoring stitch up over all three fly stitches.
4. Join the ends of the fly stitches with straight stitches to form wings.
5. With a thicker thread or a bullion stitch make the body in the centre of the wings.
6. With a fine thread sew two straight stitch antennai and work five small blanket stitches down the side of each wing.
7. Leave a gap of about 1/2 inch between the wings - ignore the body - and repeat the butterflies along the length of the seam.

12 comments:

Bear said...

Hey Viv
love that stitch thank you for the step by step wonderful
love n hugs bear xoxoxo

crafty cat corner said...

Hi Viv
I really like that, will try it some time. very effective...
Briony
x

pineapple_ing said...

Viv,
Ing~genious use of the fly stitch! Thank you for the tutorial.:)

Rose Anne B said...

Lovely and another seam treatment to try out one day!!! Simple but beautiful. Thank you.

Michaela Popish said...

Great tutorial! you got all the steps in one photo!

Dianne said...

Thanks for sharing this cute butterfly seam treatment. I will give it a whirl one day. Dianne.

Sharon said...

Hey Viv thank you so much for the tutorial on the butterfly. I think I will try it on my block for Hideko..

Vivienne said...

Thanks for the comments and also the feedback. I love seeing everyone's version of these butterflies on the blocks.

Katerina said...

Thanks Vivienne, from one Yorkshire lass (living in Crete) to an adopted one! I love these little butterflies; I guess they can be made as simple or as elaborate as you wish.

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

This is a great seam treatment and one I'm going to give a try. Thanks so much.

Horvath Bernadett said...

Thank you Dear ! I try this :)

Horvath Bernadett said...

Thank you Dear ! I try this :)