Just released: Butterfly Pendant

I am happy to introduce a new pattern & tutorial (P&T#14) :

Pattern & Tutorial #14 – Butterfly Pendant combines handmade bobbin lace tape pattern with beading and wire wrapping techniques to create delicate lace jewellery. In the pattern, an ornamental 4-pair tape supported by a gimp outline folds into delicate filigree wings. Body is made of thicker wire with beads. Therefore, the butterfly perches perfectly between two fine crafts – lacemaking and jewellery making. If you are interested in either of them, or both, this pattern is for you!

Included in the tutorial : 

  • Pricking
  • Bobbin winding instructions
  • 2 Working diagrams
  • 60 photos of work in progress
  • Detailed step-by-step instruction
  • 10 photos of four design variations
  • Safety rules for working with wire

Required Bobbin Lace Skills : Familiarity with half stitch, braid and gimp work

Required Wire Lace Skills :
• Basic skills of handling wire, winding bobbins, dealing with kinks and breaks (see “Wire Lacework}
• Plait (see Basics #001 – Flower Earrings)
• Half Stitch (see Basics #002 – Half Stitch Leaf)
• Gimp (see Basics #004 – Snail)

Because of many materials required for the Butterfly Pendant, I decided to offer DIY Kit for P&T#14 Butterfly Pendant (sold separately) to make the start easier. 

The kit is available in four colours and each of them has carefully selected materials for making two pendants. 

Once you know how the pattern works, I am sure that you will be able to design your own lace Lepidoptera species in colours of your choice!

The Butterfly Pendant pattern requires, besides the fine wire for lace, also thicker wires for gimp and for finishing. Those sizes are now also available in my shop : 

Craft Wire Set is available in four sizes: gauge 20, 22, 24 or 26 
Each set contains 12 spools of copper wire in assorted colours. Silver plated layer under coloured enamel results in brilliant, non-tarnish colours. They compliment the fine lacemaking wires and together they offer many mixing and matching options for a great variety of colourful butterflies.

I hope that you will find the new pattern interesting and inspiring to give it a try. And if you do, that you will enjoy your time with the lace butterflies as much as I do. Their magic never fails to lighten and brighten my day. 

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