I wanted a fuller wing for my butterfly (hence the rings within the rings) and also wanted a more realistic body so it sticks out a bit at the bottom (like a real butterfly's does). Another criteria of course was that it should be tatted in one go and lastly, no ends to hide!
Motif 24 of the 25-motif challenge
This is tatted in Jess!'s lovely Messy Jess!-y thread
(hard to write with those exclamation marks, apostrophe and dash!)
Did I get it right?
This is an earlier version using a rolled, partly-closed ring for the body.
But I just liked the photo on the gorgeous red flower.
A small sample of all the butterflies
I tatted whilst tweaking and testing this pattern.
Maybe I should put them in a frame,
like a real butterfly collection!
I tried it with all sorts of threads,
including with very fine sewing thread,
which makes a tiny butterfly
perfect to use on stationery.