Fiber Art Moths and Butterflies
For some reason, I’ve recently become fascinated with fiber art moths and butterflies. I wanted a small hand project and thought I’d explore making some of my own. I also have been collecting vintage linens from estate sales and resale shops. What perfect blend of two attractions to make this fiber art moth, in butterfly colors.
The wings were made with fabric from a weathered damask napkin, hand stitched with a blanket stitch with a layer of batting. I used sharpie pens and then sprayed with alcohol to have the colors bleed.
The body was made from a piece of old lace, stuffed with polyfil. I then added bling and beads to decorate the wings and body.
This was a great little creative project that only took a few hours. A perfect project for playing with new techniques, or just when you get that little nudge to make something.
Fiber art moths are made from bits and pieces of textiles to create visually appealing little bugs of art, and be embellished with embroidery, beads & more. I love looking at the different techniques, and already know I want to make more!
Here are some of my favorites that I found around the web. Do check them out!
Laura Jacquemond is a seamstress and maker, fixer and mender, an avid gatherer of fabric remnants. And, she makes amazing creatures from those fabric remnants. She even offers some free patterns!
Working with textiles is Larysa’s passion and obsession. In her words: “I always worked with beautiful fabrics and after years accumulated lots of pieces leftover from different projects, pieces with slight flaws, the ones with color shade that was “wrong”… ends of bolts and fashion rejects. Linens and rich velvets, tapestries and ikats…felt like there still some life left in them…unrecognized potential. I make things using these unwanted pieces, magical things, things with wings…or, at the very least, fins.”
British textile artist Mister Finch uses recycled materials, not only as an ethical statement, but he also believes they add more authenticity and charm.
Yumi Okita uses a variety of techniques to create beautiful textile sculptures of moths, butterflies, and other insects with various textiles and embroidery techniques. The pieces are quite large, measuring nearly a foot wide and contain other embellishments including painting, feathers, and artificial fur.
Molly uses hand embroidery, machine stitching, painting, dying and wire work on a variety of fabrics to form her fiber creatures.
Mariangela Gatti manipulates and transforms fibers to create fashion accessories, clothes and recycled fabric jewelry.
Nicola Gower Wallis heavily embroiders to make lovely butterflies and moths, with touches of fur.