ASK1: Flurry of Butterflies
This elegant blue and red oriental design was adapted from an Imari plate, and the design contours are fully charted to keep the curves uniform and smooth. Each of the fillings is an original pattern developed specifically for the individual shapes, and all are easy to compensate. The interior fillings include a variety of small scale patterns with multiple stitches, and some have laidwork foundations. One pattern is beaded, and four different metallics are used in the design. Two different open background patterns surround the plate, and the center one is executed in reversible blackwork outlines.This is a truly sophisticated design, and all of the areas are outlined with couched gold metallic as the finishing touch.
The original model is done in shades of blue and burgundy.
If a lighter red is desired, substitute the threads listed in parentheses after the dark red shades.
18" square piece Zweigart white 24-mesh Congress cloth
Stretcher frame: 18" square
Rainbow Gallery Coronet Braid - gold:
#81B - 12 yards
#41B - 32 yards
Kreinik #1 Japan thread or Kanagawa 1-ply fine couching gold: 15 yards
Rainbow Gallery Tiara metallic, T115 red: 1 card
Kreinik #8 metallic braid, #051C sapphire: 1 reel
DMC #8 pearl cotton:
1 ball #3325 light blue
1 ball #334 medium blue
1 ball #322 medium dark blue
1 ball #498 burgundy (#321 red)
1 ball #321 red (#350 coral red)
1 skein #336 navy
1 skein #322 medium dark blue
1 skein #312 dark blue
1.5 yards #321 red
Au Ver a Soie d'Alger 7-stranded silk: 5 yards #945 burgundy (#915 red)
Edmar Iris: 1 skein #144 blue
Mill House beads: #02007 blue
3 red jade heart beads (Access Commodities #255)
Kreinik Facets in medium blue: 16" length (antennae)
2 yards blue couching thread to match (1 strand silk or fine metallic)
Needles: Tapestry #22, #24, #26 and #28. Crewel #8 for basting
Zweigart 24-mesh white Congress cloth
13.5 " square.