Thistledown

Model:

  • Fabric = 28 count Cashel in Gossamer by Picture This

  • Pattern size = 10.5“ x 12“ (14 ct.)

  • Stitch count = 148 x 160

  • Stitched 2 over 2

Threads:

  • All DMC

About the design:

This colorful butterfly is an eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus). They are common in the eastern 2/3 of North America. Males are yellow with black markings and females can be similar in color or almost completely black. Black females are more common in areas with the poisonous pipevine swallowtail, which it mimics. The caterpillars feed on many species of trees, mostly those in the families Magnoliaceae and Rosaceae.

The flower is tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum), which lives in open, disturbed areas, roadsides, ditches, pastures, and thickets. The Cherokee took an infusion of the leaves for neuralgia and used the bristles to make blow dart tails. Songbirds often feed on the seeds but cattle will not eat the leaves and these plants are often considered to be a weed in overgrazed pastures.

Released in 2014