I may alienate many people with this statement, but I have to take the risk: I don’t like butterflies. I used to like spiders because of the Greek mythology connection and because they eat other insects. But then I found out that they are cannibals. Now, I must simply say that while I respect the place of insects in Nature, on the whole I simply am not interested in sharing space with any of them, no matter how delightful the coloring. Butterflies are too much like moths. Bottom line they are creepy, crawly, wormy things before they mature. I’m really more of a flora than a fauna person!Consequently, I was not thrilled with the idea of a stitch that is called Butterfly Chain. But as I have committed to this year-long challenge offered by Sharon Boggon at Pin Tangle, this “little” thing called Take a Stitch Tuesday, I must tackle this stitch. BUT, I have a re-frame, good little strategic therapist that I am! My little chains are not creating the lovely body of butterflies out of my straight stitches, they are instead gathering together stalks of corn or wheat or some other grain that looks like liquid gold in a field!Ahhh, relief. Now I can stitch!
And stitch I did. Except…
When Jeffrey looked at the work I had done, he said, “Oh, are you stitching a fence?” I said, “Oh, yeah, that’s just what it is!”
I didn’t start with a sketch this time. I just kind of had an idea in my head. It’s better to start with a sketch as it’s much easier to erase on paper than it is on fine, 32 count linen! (That’s what my 2012 TAST Sampler is stitched on.) The following slide show reveals the evolution of what I’m calling Wisteria Fence. You’ll see why as the pics progress.