Pattern of the Month - January 1999

Bumblebee (2 shuttles)
1998 Lisa C. Trumble

I know, I know...Winter has just begun - at least for those of us in or near a snow belt - and I'm already dreaming of warmer weather with the following bumblebee piece.

The head and wing sets are rings, the body is a series of chains and the bottom of the bee, to help define the lower body into more of a "point" is a Josephine Knot. Make one central picot on the head and cut at the end to make the antennae.

Bumblebee Motif - Chart
Bumblebee Motif - Photo

Other ideas:

  • Space the wings a little wider apart and the bee will begin to look more like a butterfly.
  • Make two picots on the head and do not cut and the bumble bee will take on more moth characteristics.

Materials Used:

  • Size 30 DMC Cebelia cotton Cotton
  • Color: Black and Gold
  • Size: Wingtip-to-wingtip = 1 inch (3 cm)

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