Rainforest Butterfly: Flight Prep – Lots of Progress

Great progress has been made on various designs and the size of other pieces: Pink Flowered Evodia Tree base 12″of 22 Gauge Green Colored Copper Wire The original plan I had in mind to create the pink poofs of flowers for the pink flowered evodia, the preferred tree of the Ulysses Butterfly, was not the bestContinue reading “Rainforest Butterfly: Flight Prep – Lots of Progress”

Rainforest Butterflies: Polyalthia Michaelii Crochet Pattern

Each design I create is as unique as each flower, fruit, leaf and butterfly is different than any other I can find a pattern for. Thankfully, I do not need to completely reinvent the wheel. From my first days of learning to crochet, Lesley Stanfield’s 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet has been by my side.Continue reading “Rainforest Butterflies: Polyalthia Michaelii Crochet Pattern”

Rainforest Butterflies: Flight Prep – Rug Hooking Elements

This week I’ll be exploring the various textile techniques in yarns and metals that I’m utilizing to create the Rainforest Butterflies art installation. There’s great fun for me in building this immersive piece, I love the multiple aspects; the different materials, all the different parts and all the different pieces that make it possible toContinue reading “Rainforest Butterflies: Flight Prep – Rug Hooking Elements”

Calabao Construction

The Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants website has been extremely helpful for obtaining scientific accuracy in my creation of the crocheted Calabao. The Calabao is a preferred food plant for the larvae of the Green Spotted Triangle Butterfly. Prototypes, mistakes, and final designs for the Calabao flower emerging from the ends. Each flower is approximately 40Continue reading “Calabao Construction”

Special Rainforest Order of Yarn

As I experiment with the colored-copper wire designs, the special order of rainforest colored yarns I ordered from Yarn vs. Zombies is being completed. Check out the great colors! The scale of the Butterfly Flight Prep art installation has necessitated specially ordering the yarn. The alternative is running around multiple yarn shops in Tokyo searchingContinue reading “Special Rainforest Order of Yarn”

Wire Crocheted Leaf Designs

Completed several leaf designs for the Butterfly Flight Prep art installation! A few experiments with wire gauge sizes, research on the look and size of the Ulysses Butterfly eggs and I’ve made heaps of progress. The addition of white glass beads amongst the wire crochet work really work as the butterfly eggs in the leaves.Continue reading “Wire Crocheted Leaf Designs”