Flashback Friday – Butterfly Bling – New Freebie

Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.

This week we are looking back at the Butterfly Bling Collection.


One of the things I am loving about taking a look back at older designs, is simply how much I am being re-inspired by the classic designs. As I am writing this post, I am thinking about a new project for this wonderful collection.


The Butterfly Bling Collection began when I went to the Melbourne Stitches and Craft Show, and was entranced with the hot fix crystal wands. These wands glue the crystals onto the fabric permanently, and make their sparkly shimmer really entranced me.


My thought was that I wanted to do something that would combine embroidery and the hot fix crystals. I had the Butterfly artwork in my “ready to digitise” file for some time, and when I was looking at possibilities, it just clicked for me.


These Native Style butterflies were initially in a single colour, and whilst I have created these designs for single colour, once you begin working with some of your favourite threads, you can really make these designs sing.


I love that these butterflies can be blinged up easily, or left simple yet stunning.

When it came to creating some projects for the Butterfly Bling collection, it was really easy.


The first project that I created was a pair of trousers, with the embroidery up the leg. To create the pants, I had to first undo one of the inside legs of the pants, and make the trousers lay flat.  I used a ponte stretch pant, that had just a little bit of give to it.  I printed out templates, and lay the templates down along the outside seam of the trousers, to get the right layout.  From there, it was as simple as stitching out each of the designs one by one in place, before re-stitching and overlocking the inside leg of the pants.  I really love the way these designs worked on the black.  I have been wearing these trousers to trunk shows and teaching days for the past 10 years, and most of the crystals are still intact, whilst the embroidery looks fantastic.


I also created two gorgeous little handbags to go along with the pants. One was a cute little glam style, and the other was a larger shopping style bag.


I had always thought it would be cool to create a project with these gorgeous butterflies, on a piece of sheer tulle, to make a wrap. They do remind me of that old Cate Blanchett Oscars dress, with the embroidery on sheer fabric.


Initially we gave a fantastic butterfly from the Butterfly Bling Collection as the free design (still available HERE). As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are offering a second design, a gorgeous wide winged butterfly, perfect for embellishing with crystals as a free download.  Simply click HERE to collect your copy.

Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.

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