Vintage Butterfly Design for Canvas Work – Fan Freebie Friday

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Welcome to the VTNS Fan Freebie Friday where we offer free vintage craft patterns for the fans of our VTNS Facebook Fanpage.

The pattern we’re sharing today can be used with cross stitch, needlepoint or any other type of needlework that uses a chart. It’s suggested, as was very popular in the late 1800s, to use silk floss to work the butterfly.

Vintage Crafts and More - Butterfly Canvas Chart

The colors are indicated by symbols.  At the bottom of the chart is the index of the corresponding thread colors. Some of the colors used are scarlet, gray, brown, yellow and a bright blue background.

No floss numbers, like we are used to in our modern patterns, just light, dark and the name of the color so you are free to interpret the butterfly’s beauty yourself.

To make the symbols easier to read, the original chart was enlarged to 7 x 9.5 inches. It will fit nicely on an regular 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper when printed out. The size as shown in the ladies book was 2.5 x 2.5 inches.

There are no size measurements given for the finished design so how large or small it is will depend on the type of cloth you use.

Here’s the chart in PDF format:

Butterfly Silk Design for Canvas Work

You’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer to read the PDF. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link above and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it to open it and save or print.


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