I’m linking up with the Kaleidoscope of Butterflies over at Ann’s Fret Not Yourself. I have already learned more about butterfly related topics in my own neck of the woods from Ann than I knew a month ago. If you are in the SF Bay area check out her post for a couple of destinations!
I’ve had success attracting butterflies in our garden by planting various salvias, butterfly bush, and most notably my herb garden which they seem to love. We see lots of them in season.
I have not made a butterfly quilt, but I have made a pair of photos of butterflies I am proud of mostly since I managed to keep my hands steady enough to shoot them. First, a very pretty one in Costa Rica, which I have not been able to identify:
Second, another more familiar Western Tiger Swallowtail at Spooner Lake, NV near Lake Tahoe.
As to using butterflies in my sewing projects, I have a collection of old lace which includes four or five of these little beauties, tatted or crocheted, I know not which. I made a pincushion out of one of them; my BFF loved it so much that it now resides at her house in a place of honor, and is safe from any threat of actual pins!
And finally an experiment I tried using Jaquard Solarfast sun printing with a negative image of a few of the others. My application was much too wet, causing a lot of condensation between the negative and the cloth, so the crispness of the image was lost. Clearly my technique needs perfecting!