Finished project: butterfly embroidery by Emillie Ferris

If you follow me on Instagram you might have already seen this butterfly pop up. It is my first real attempt at needle painting and it was so much fun. I did “paint” with needles before but I never used actual needle painting techniques – just stitching like I would use a color pencil. Because needle painting always seemed very daunting to me, I decided to go with a pattern instead of whipping something up.

Disclaimer: this article contains affiliate links. I was not paid by Emillie to promote her pattern, I bought it myself and am very in love with it!

Just in time, Emillie Ferris – one of my favorite pet portrait embroiderers – released a new needle painting pattern. The butterfly pattern took my heart by storm and I just had to try it out.

Here is a progress video showing the stages of embroidering this pattern:


Scared of needle painting? Try this butterfly embroidery pattern!

butterfly pattern by Emillie Ferris

If you would like to dip your toe into the waters of needle painting I highly recommend Emillie Ferris’ designs like this butterfly. Her instructions are very clear and thorough. She photographed every step of the way and you could basically don’t mess this one up (ok, I’m provoking fate here). She has recently added more patterns like this adorable hedgehog and these colorful pansies.


I had to chuckle a little bit that she says this pattern ONLY uses 15 colors because I usually use under 10 different colors for my projects.

But I guess for needle painting this is a low number indeed. The realistic effect comes with the different shades of each color and the complementary colors that emphasize the shades and lights even more.

embroidery hoop gallery wall

The butterfly made it to my embroidery gallery wall. Can you spot it?


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