Papillon is an introductory Group Correspondence Course on filet embroidery. In this 5-lesson course participants will learn briefly about the history of filet work.
With needle and thread in hand, students will surround a square with satin and four-sided stitches on 30-count linen. They will then create a new grid by cutting and withdrawing threads and overcasting the remaining threads. Participants will learn the point de reprise or darning stitch to create a butterfly (papillon). They will also learn tips and techniques for cross-stitching a favorite verse over one thread – one of the teacher’s favorite verses or a verse of their own. Students will also learn to finish the edge of the linen with hemstitch or Nun stitch.
Project: A hemstitched wall hanging or a framed picture.
Size of Project: Finished size: 8.75 inches by 12.25 inches including suggested hemstitched edge
Colors: It is suggested that the stitcher use white or cream linen and matching pearl cotton. However, the color choice is left up to the embroiderer
Supplies used: 30-count linen, #12 pearl cotton, overdyed cotton or silk floss, tapestry needles, hoop.
Proficiency Level: Beginner
Timeline for course: Six months to complete five lessons
Text price: $35 per student; 46 pages unbound including full color photo and one 11” by 17” master chart.
Estimated cost of supplies: $30 if using overdyed silk; $24 if using overdyed cotton.
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