Monday, 3 December 2007

The Butterfly with No Name

The first four butterflies spoke to me while I was planning them and all the time I was stitching them. They told me their name, how they wanted to be stitched and all the time they kept calling to me to work on them. They could not wait to emerge. This butterfly, the one that represents me, has been a completely different experience. She is purple because that is my favourite colour, with pink from the Mother butterfly and gold from the Father but she gave me no hints about how she would like to appear and I still don't know her name. Until she decides to identify herself to me (if she ever does), I have nick-named her Purple Missus, after a blog of that name.

© Jennifer Ashley Taylor/Carol-Anne Conway

I wouldn't say that stitching her has been a chore, I always enjoy time spent stitching, but I have not had the same buzz that I had watching the others emerge. Nor am I as satisfied with the stitching, I feel I could have done better. She is not quite finished, something more is needed on the hind wings but I am going to leave that for now and move on to the last butterfly, my youngest brother.

© Jennifer Ashley Taylor/Carol-Anne Conway

Happy Stitching


Sequana said...

This is very interesting, that the one representing YOU is not speaking to you. Something to think about there.

I'm happy to see you back working on these. I've missed them.

Melissa said...

I always think it's harder to stitch for myself than for anyone else, so I totally understand. It really looks beautiful though, and I'm sure the last bit will come to you eventually.

KV said...

I have been wondering about your butterflies for weeks now, Carol-Anne. Glad to see you working on this piece again. Personally, I think your stitching is beautiful and I bet your personal muse will come forth soon to put those finishing touches on it.

Kathy V in NM

Jane said...

I think she looks lovely and am not sure she needs anything else, simple and elegant. However remember Master Saito's saying "the hands are the exit of the spirit", I'm sure if you think she needs something it will come to you.

Vivian said...

Your butterfly is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!! Your and your embroidery are an inspiration to me!!!