Friday, October 15, 2010

The making of a Lace Butterfly

Thank you for all for the beautiful and sweet words of comfort regarding the loss of my kitty Brat. She is dancing with the butterflies now and at peace.

Since I love butterflies and they are one of my favorite CQ embellishments to create, I thought I'd show you how I make mine out of lace. here is a little tutorial for you.

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Pick a piece of lace that reminds you of wings and cut out a pair... by using your imagination you'd be surprised at all the different wings you can find in laces.


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A few samples of some wings made from various pieces of lace.
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Now, find a place on your CQ block that you want your butterfly to rest and sew in place. Most pieces of lace you won't find "built in" antennas so just embroider them in place or try using a couple of tubular beads.
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Grab few beads for the body and head... in this case I love using flat back pearls. Would
you believe I bought a 99 cent bracelet at AC Moore and took it apart for the beads.


#5 Ta da! A pretty little butterfly all in place.


15 comments:

  1. Such a great idea and SO easy! I'm wondering why I hadn't thought of your simple way to make these little cuties! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

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  2. Nicki Thanks for the tutorial. The butterflies are so beautiful. I can't wait to try one

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  3. You are so clever!!! I love how you made the wings!!!

    Awesome!


    Ann flowers
    flowerscrazyq@gmail.com

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  4. I have a pice of that first lace! hmm.. I am going to make a butterfly with it for someone.. :)

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  5. Creative and beautiful!!!
    Smiles,
    Pat

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  6. So ingenious! thanks so much for this idea....

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  7. Just beautiful, thanks so much Nicki
    Hugs
    Chris x

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  8. What a lovely way to form a butterfly. I like the way you used beads of a diminishing size for the butterflies body. Thank you for providing such a nice tutorial.

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  9. Great idea, thanks for the tutorial, simple, very effective and beautiful

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  10. Hi Nikki, I have an award waiting for you at my Cottage Garden Quilter blog. Hope that you'll be able to claim it on your next visit. I love your crazy quilt work.

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  11. nicki... you are sooo clever! what a great way to make butterflies... i love it!!..

    hugs!.. shey..

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  12. Visiting from Kathy's Cottage Garden Quilter.

    great butterfly tutorial

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  13. Great idea, thank you for sharing that. Lovely work BTW.

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  14. Hi ladies!

    Thank you for all ytour nice comments. I hope you all tried making a few butterflies - if you did I'd love to see them!!!

    I think now and then I'll try posting a little tut on how I embellish my CQ items out of lace so please stop by again.

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  15. Brilliant Nicki Lee! I can't wait to start going through my lace looking for wings!
    Hugs,
    Kerry

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