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Butterfly Embroidery Hoop on Mesh

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I just finished another hand embroidery design that I’m sharing with you today.  I used the long and short stitch to make these pretty butterflies.  Not only did I get to try out a new stitch for this project, but I also got to try a new stitchable mesh fabric from DMC.

Butterfly Embroidery on Mesh - Free Pattern!

I love how the see through mesh makes it look like the butterflies are fluttering around.  I plan on hanging this hoop in my girls’ bedroom, which will go perfectly with their decor.

Butterfly Embroidery on Mesh - Free Pattern!

To make this butterfly embroidery hoop, you’ll need:

  • free butterfly pattern – instructions to download are at the bottom of this post
  • thin permament marker
  • 8 inch embroidery hoop
  • DMC Stitchable Mesh
  • DMC Embroidery Floss : BLANC, 535, 3325, 828, 774, 3823, 776 and 3713
Butterfly Embroidery on Mesh - Free Pattern!

To transfer the design, I used a very thin permanent marker.  Just put the mesh over your pattern, and trace.  The dotted lines in the middle of the wings are guidelines for your long and short stitch.  Start by outlining the entire shape with a split stitch and then do a long and short stitch to fill it in.  For the colorful butterflies, do a single row of white, a single row of the lighter color, and then fill the rest of the wing in with the darker color.  Stitch over your split stitch to hide it.

Long and short stitch butterflies on mesh.

The center of each butterfly is a satin stitch that I also outlined in a split stitch before filling it in.  You can’t be very precise with your stitches since there is sort of a larger weave, but the butterflies still turned out beautiful!

Long and short stitch butterfly on mesh.

I’m excited to try out more things with the mesh fabric!

Butterfly Embroidery on Mesh - Free Pattern!

If you love embroidery as much as I do, make sure to check out all of these blogs for new patterns and ideas.  Everyone will be sharing projects using DMC’s new cork, mesh and cuff products.

Monday July 24:

Flamingo Toes

Tuesday July 25:

Positively Splendid

U Create

 Little Dear Tracks

Wednesday July 26:

The Scrap Shoppe

Random Acts of Amy

Thursday July 27:

Lova Revolution

The Pretty Life Girls

Wild Olive

For more tips and information about working with DMC’s stitchable mesh fabric, be sure to watch this video:


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Thursday 20th of July 2023

⁰do you show how to embroider on any of your messages? I would love to learn. Thank you


Sunday 2nd of July 2023

would love to learn more stitches


Sunday 2nd of July 2023



Monday 18th of July 2022

These are lovely! I' m going to add antennas to mine.


Sunday 18th of July 2021

Beautiful, Butterflies have always been one of my favorite things and I’m 62 yrs old. Lol

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