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BUTTERFLIES MADE ALMOST ENTIRELY
OUT OF THREAD
Each piece takes 10 hours + and is made to an accurate size according to the species.
Starting with sculpting a wire frame for each individual wing, I then embroider each one with a single strand of cotton thread. Each piece takes 10 hours + and is made to an accurate size according to the species. Working from several photographs as reference, I use a free hand sewing technique with multiple colours to capture the stunning detail of the species.
Once the wings are finished, I begin to sculpt the body using felt and couching methods which I then cover with cotton thread, again observing photographs to get the detail as close to the real thing as possible.
THE FINAL PIECE
Once the wings have been secured around the body I then mount the piece onto foam board and secure using upholstery sewing techniques.
The mounted piece is then framed in a deep box frame ready for it’s new home!