Happy Independence Day!

Today, July 4, we celebrate our Indepence Day here in America. Fireworks have been heard for several days already. Tonight there will many fireworks displays, both professional and amateur. We’re planning on celebrating at our daughter’s with her family.  Let the kids and neighbors do all the work, we’ll sit back and enjoy the show.

I had mentioned on Flag Day that I might make a set of red-white-and-blue earrings to wear on the 4th but might change my mind.

I changed my mind. I made butterflies instead.

Tatted Red, White, and Blue Button Butterflies on wandasknottythoughts
Red, White, and Blue Butterflies

This is the butterfly I talked about a week ago with a few adjustments. The head is the most notable change.  It’s easier to tat and looks better.

Tatted Butterfly ready to fly on wandasknottythoughts
Tatted Butterfly ready to fly

While handling one it I discovered these butterflies don’t just have to lie flat, they can hold up their wings.

Tatted button butterfly ready to fly on wandasknottythoughts
Ready to fly!

No glue or starch was used to hold the wings like this.  I left them overnight like this and the wings never drooped.

Tatted button butterfly in blue and red ready to fly away on wandasknottythoughts
Ready to fly away!

They were hard to photograph, though.  They look much better in person!

I had hoped to have the pattern ready to share today, but, alas! I don’t. I do have the pattern written down, just not typed up or diagramed out.  Maybe next week.

Wishing you all a happy and safe Independence Day!

4th Of July Tatted button butterflies on wandasknottythoughts
Happy 4th of July!

 

Button Butterflies

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.

Accidental blue tatted button butterfly on wandasknottythoughts
Blue accidental button butterfly

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.

White tatted button butterfly on wandasknottythoughts
White tatted button butterfly

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.

Two tatted button butterflies on wandasknottythoughts
Two tatted button butterflies

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
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