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Summer Splendour SAL – Week 1 – Butterfly Meadow


This Stitch A Long will take place for 9 weeks on the blog and every Wednesday from now until the 7th July, there will be a new tutorial on the blog with all the information you need to complete a part of the Summer Splendour Pattern.

If this is all new to you and you would like to join in, please go to this page to get all the information.

Welcome to the ‘Summer Splendour’ Stitch A Long.

For the First week we will be stitching 2 blocks – Butterfly Meadow and the Large Butterfly. Let’s start with the…

Butterfly Meadow

You will need the following colours…

#471, #472, #742, #223, #738, #160, #3765, #553, #310

Use 2 strands throughout unless stated otherwise.

This is such a simple block to stitch but the combination of the colours and the beautiful meadow and butterflies make it such a great one to start with.

First, let’s stitch the lovely meadow…

There are 2 different types of foliage – the round bud stems and the pointed bud stems. Using the colour and stitch guide below, complete the 2 types.

Stitch the stems first in the split stitch before adding on the buds. For the rounded buds, stitch a simple detached chain stitch and then stitch a vertical straight stitch inside it to fill it with more colour.

The other buds are simply straight stitched from the base of the bud to the top to complete each one. It is easier to stitch a staright stitch up the centre of the bud and then stitch either side of this to complete.

Meadow Colour and Stitch Guide:

Stitching the Butterflies:

I’ll show you the stitches used and in what sequence and then if you are following the colours as well take a look at the next guide to see what I used for each part.

For these butterflies use 1 strand throughout…

  1. Satin stitch the 2 top wings horizontally
  2. Satin stitch the 2 lower wings vertically
  3. Back stitch around each wing
  4. Straight stitch the 2 Antennae & then straight stitch the Body (2 straight stitches should be enough)

Colour Guide:

All of the butterflies were stitched in the same colours apart from the top wings. I alternated and stitched some of these in #160 and some in #333…

All that’s left to do now is to back stitch the outer edge of the block. I used 2 strands of #471…

Your first block is complete and I am sure you will agree it’s incredibly beautiful when all stitched up.

Now for the second block of week 1…

Large Butterfly

You will need the following colours…

#553, #996, #471, #742, #3772, #160

Colour and Stitch Guide:

Start by stitching the purple and blue inner sections of the wings. Next Satin stitch the larger top wings in green and then the lower wings in orange.

Finally complete the butterflies body using 1 strand of #3772… Satin stitch the long body area, chain stitch the head, pistol stitch the antennae.

Complete the outline of the block to finish.

Week 1 is complete…

Share your beautiful Butterflies on the Happy Stitching FB Group or send me some pics and I’ll post them here, can’t wait to see how your design is coming along.

Don’t forget you can also share your stitching on Instagram with #stitchdoodlesembroidery.

Happy Stitching!

Week 2 is on the blog Wednesday 19th May… See you then!


  1. I just got my pre-printed fabric for the summer – was there suppose to be information as to what color of DMC to use??

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