Appalachian Morning

Model:

  • Fabric = 28 count Cashel in Haven by Picture This

  • Pattern size = 12“ x 9“ (14 ct.)

  • Stitch count = 173 x 128

  • Stitched 2 over 2


Threads:

  • All DMC

  • Kreinik very fine braid (#4)

About the design:

A few summers ago, I was walking through one of the old pastures at my parents' farm in Tennessee and came across some passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) vines with blooms on them. These odd looking flowers, also known as maypop, intrigued me and I took a number of photos. Later, I thought that one of them would make an interesting perch for one of my 'dragonfly' designs. The only problem being, how to put a dragon on the flower without taking away from the beauty of the flower. With input from Marilyn and Shari, and Beth, this is the result. Though, rather than the dragon wings patterned after real dragonflies, this one has the wings of a zebra longwing butterfly (Heliconius charitonius). The zebra longwing is known to use passionflowers as a host for its caterpillars. I did take a bit of artistic license with the design by giving it red stripes. These butterflies actually have white or pale yellow stripes on their wings.

Released in 2008