The other day while tatting around buttons again (surprise!) I tried something different that didn’t work. I looked at this button from several angles trying to determine if I should cut off the tatting or if there was something else I could try. Turning it up and down, over and sideways, another idea presented itself.
The button is about 1/2 inch across with two holes. It’s always interesting to tat onto a two hole button; the joins have to be thought out a bit so there isn’t too much thread going through each hole. I hadn’t thought far enough ahead to not over crowd the first hole when the idea of a butterfly popped up.
Hmm, not too bad. The head didn’t come out too great and attaching it to the two holes was not quite right, but it did look like a butterfly. A little more thought and another try.
This one came out a bit better. I think the head needs a little work yet, but the joins to the button look much better.
The button on the white butterfly is just a touch bigger than the button for the blue butterfly. That must be why the blue looks narrower than the white. I like the shape of the blue better. Other than the head – which still needs work – I’m pretty happy with this butterfly.
These butterflies are small but complicated, using two shuttles with a lot of switching back and forth between them. The blue is 2 1/4 inch across by 1 1/8 inch high. The white is 2 1/4 inch across by 1 1/4 inch high.
I wonder what this would look like in two colors?
“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” Nathaniel Hawthorne