Butterflies have got to be one of God's most delightful creations! We have sadly been seeing less of them this year than in other years. I think it might have something to do with the hard frost we had about 2 months ago. The warm spring weather came so early this year & everything was blooming & growing before it should have been & then wham! I can only assume the frost is to blame. I'm not even seeing very many of these lovelies flying around my butterfly garden! When I do see one it's a special treat & I had just such a treat yesterday morning ... not in my butterfly garden but on one of our butterfly bushes : )
My thanks to everyone who offered their help regarding stitching with variegated thread. I will tell you that I stitched one small each day for a total of 3 days. The same small. Needless to say the design is a quick stitch : ) I first stitched using the loop start method which did not provide a good result & thus the reason for my asking for help. My next attempt was completing one stitch at a time using 2 strands of floss & making sure the colors matched up along the strands. The provided a more variegated effect but it still didn't look quite right. This design is 90% lettering ... small letters at that ... with a little something in between 2 of them. Most of the letters were wide enough apart that I had to end the stitching on one letter & then start anew on the next letter. This made me end with, for example, a very light pink on one letter & then suddenly a very dark pink on the next. It just didn't look right. For my third attempt I thought I would be more attentive to the blending. When I ran out of floss I then got 2 more strands but I turned them around so that instead of ending with light blue & starting with dark blue I'd just segue from light blue to light blue. The idea was that you wouldn't be able to tell I had started a new thread at all! Unfortunately this ended up giving a bookends look to my stitched piece with dark blue at the ends & light blue in the center. I decided I should have stuck with my original thought & used plain ol' DMC. That is what I'll do when I attempt to stitch this design for the fourth time (argh!) but that's not going to be anytime soon. I don't want to look at it again for a while ... lol! I also didn't have the "oomph" to get started on another stitched piece last night so instead I decided to knit. Being a bit apprehensive about jumping right in & knitting something "good" I decided to re-familiarize myself with the basics by knitting a dishcloth.