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Model:

  • Fabric = 28 count Lugana in Fresco by Picture This

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

  • Stitch count = 147 x 168

  • Stitched 2 over 2

Threads:

  • All DMC


Directions are included for a single leaf version that is 147 x 123 stitches (10.5 x 9").

About the design:

This butterfly may look something like a monarch, but it is actually a Gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae). They live throughout the southern United States and down into Central and South America. The caterpillars feed on the vines of passion flowers, which are rare in Kansas where I live. I had a passion flower for a number of years that I brought from my parents’ farm in Tennessee and kept in a pot. I would keep it inside in winter and put it outside in summer. One summer, I had a batch of orange caterpillars with black spikes that I didn’t recognize. I sent a photo to an entomologist friend of mine who identified them as Gulf fritillaries. So, I let them eat my passion vine and took photos as they grew. One of them made it to form a chrysalis on the siding of my house and I happened to catch it emerging when I came home for lunch one day. It reminded me of catching monarch caterpillars when I was a kid and made me wish that monarchs were still common enough for my nieces and nephew to be able to do the same thing. 

Released in 2019