Sunday, December 19, 2010

Art Glitter Tutorial Numero Two - Butterfly Using Fantasy Fiber

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Today, I'd like to introduce you to my second tutorial for December using products, namely Fantasy Fiber in Shimmering Pink to make the wings of a butterfly.  The previous tutorial featuring Fantasy Fiber is here

Equipment and Supply List

Sewing Machine
Teflon coated paper or parchment paper
Fantasy Fiber - Color - Shimmering Pink
Embroidery floss and thread
Dresden (gold petite fleur-de-lis 1/8 inch trim)
5 velvet leaves (I had on hand thanks to Debby Harriettha....thank you Debby!)
Frozen Charlotte bisque doll head  or any other doll head (approx 1 inch in diameter)
Organza or other transluscent fabric as backing to Fantasy Fiber
Seed beads
Embroidery and beading needles
Cotton Ribbon
Sari silk fiber remnants
3 inch wide wired ribbon (for the top right and left wing parts)
Fabric Glue - optional
Embellishment for body of butterfly

1.  Follow these instructions (from Art  to create a sheet from Fantasy Fiber:

"Set Teflon coated iron to medium or polyester setting. Place three to four layers of film or a small amount of fibers on parchment paper. Lay another piece of parchment or non-stick pressing cloth on top. Press with iron firmly for 3-10 seconds. Lift parchment to reveal a totally unique sheet of fabric! The more layers /fibers you melt together, the stronger the fabric sheet. You can die cut it, use a hand punch or scissors. Soon you will be able to predict the outcome of the bonding procedure, allowing you to create colors and textures you never dreamed of before. "

2.  Bottom wings - pin a piece of organza or other transluscent fabric to the sheet of fiber and free motion stitch around the piece create the bottom part of the left and right sides of the butterfly wings.  You could also trace or draw the wings on first.  I just did it 'free hand' as I sewed.

3.  Take a long piece of sari silk ribbon and twist it to create 'piping', affix it to the edges of the wings and machine stitch it onto all edges of the wings.

4  For the top part of the wings, I repeated Step 1 but this time attached a wired 3 inch ribbon to the wings...experimenting here as I went along.   Next time I will probably use the wired ribbon for all parts of the butterfly wings as the wire enabled the wings to be shaped further and adds a nice dimensionality to them.  I also like the transluscency of the fantasy fiber sheet as it allows for the 'swirls' of the ribbon below it to shine through.

5. For the body of the butterfly I machine stitched several times over another piece of fiber - just to create a base.

6. Sew the tops of the wings to the bottom of the wings.

7. Taking 3-4 inches of German Dresden border at a time, I adhered the border to the edges of the wings using a tiny bit of fabric glue to keep it in place. 

8. Once in place, I machine stitched over top of it.  This is a little 'tricky' because if you aren't careful the gold paint can seperate from the base of the Dresden.  If so, you can touch it up with a gold leaf pen. 

9.  Using a blanket embroidery stitch, I embroidered around all of the edges in gold.    I've also started to do some criss cross embroidery stitches in between the blanket stitches.   If you look closely, you can see this part of the butterfly is still a work in progress.

10. Attach the bisque head to the body - trial and error here.  because there were holes in the neck and top of the head of this doll head, I threaded a wired 1 inch wide ribbon through from top to bottom and then sewed it firmly to the back of the body.  I wanted to avoid using any glue wherever possible.  Experiment with your own creativity to determine the sturdiest way to do this. 

11.  Sew the five velvet leaves onto the body and wings.

12. Stitch beads onto the edges of the wings.

13. Add some seed beads to a ribbon by stitching them on and then wrap the neck with this ribbon for added stability.

14. Create a scarf or 'hat' with ribbon remnants wrapped around the bisque head and secure it with a few wraps of embroidery floss around the neck to hold it in place.

15.  Using whatever you have on hand for a body as an embellishment, attach it over the existing 'fiber' body - a great place to use your imagination. 

This butterfly still has a bit more beading to go and....who knows what else? 

Close up of details around the bisque head

This  photo illustrates the bottom part of the right and left wings with the organza underneath the Fantasy Fiber outlined  and attached by machine sewing them to a twisted piece of sari silk ribbon.    He ended up being a little 'pigeon-toed' but I am happy with his 'character'!

More snapshots of details

You can find beautiful examples of 'stamped' butterfly wings available at   Thanks for reading and if you make a similar project, email me at - I'd love to see it!


Lisa said...

beautifull...such a festive little fairy butterfly Trudi!

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

What a gorgeous piece you created!! Great tutorial too.

Cat said...

What a beautiful butterfly!!!!

And the instructions are nicely detailed!

Terri Kahrs said...

Ohhhhhh, Trudi!!!! You've taken my breath away!!! Your butterfly is GORGEOUS, and your tutorial (and all of the pics) are amazing!!!! I just want to reach into the screen to touch this lovely creation!!!! Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

Lynn said...

This is incredible Trudi, thank you for sharing your process :)
Happy Holidays to you too.

La Dolce Vita said...

just magnifico!! love this piece!
Happy holidays to you dear Trudi! andsending you the best wishes for a wonderful new year! xox cat

Healing Woman said...

This is quite a unique technique. I have never used fantasy fiber before. I love the results you got and want to thank you for the super tutorial.

Sandy Ang said...

I am blown away by the beauty and sensitivity to materials in your butterfly creation. Fabulous!

AZviaTx said...

Stunning. Creative use of diverse items. Yummy. Tina

Marilyn said...

Totally beautiful. So much work, girl! I love it.

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Great tutorial with lovely results!

Kim Palmer said...

Beutiful Trudi! I do love this! How wonderful that the butterflies are over the 100 now! I'm so pleased that so many others have decided to contribute to your call! Have a fantastic Christmas and new year full of love, family and creativity!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

This is stunning work...thank you for all the information! Merry Christmas dear lady! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Gaby Bee said...

Thanks for the tutorial, Trudi! This piece ia absolutely stunning!

Happy holidays to you dear Trudi!

Anji Johnston said...

This took my breath away! Such a detailed tutorial, thanks so much. Happy holidays to you and yours Trudi!

~*~Patty S said...

Oh My My how precious dear Trudi...I shall return when I have time to fully read your tutorial, thanks as always for sharing so sweetly and being such an inspiration.

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