The first thing to do was to complete the smaller plant elements, leaf veins and stems that were left over from the stage you saw last weekend. This is the first 'attempt' at it, but the pink main stems for the evening primroses, whilst they looked passable on the left hand side, were really wishy-washy on the right and were lost amongst the brighter herb robert stems. So, my next move was to replace them with something darker and more easy to distinguish among a mass of stems. I used one strand each of a green and a brown - the only part of the project worked in two strands. Here's the result, complete with my dummy yellow paper butterfly.
Here you can see the next stage, the filling in of the embroidery of the wings. You can see that I added a little grey on the inner edge to try and make it as realistic as possible. I carried this all the way through to the edging and that left me with a slight colour mismatch problem along the inner edge as you can see in this next shot:
Not a major problem though. I found a silver gel pen that was just right for colouring in the yellow edges that were sticking through the grey and eliminated that problem altogether.=) Here's the finished butterfly in position on the piece:
What about the whole of the finished piece? Look out for that next week!=)
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2014