A Primitive Black Veined Butterfly with Rose Bouquet

LorettaHeadtoToe This charmer is Loretta. She will be my last butterfly for a little while. Loretta is 19" tall with a wingspan of 15". She has been made of muslin & stuffed with fiberfill. Loretta has been hand-painted & sanded, top to bottom many, many times. She has been treated to a series of paint washes, giving her a rich, aged patina. Loretta has a loop attached to her back for hanging or she can sit (if propped).

Loretta’s face has been needle-sculpted by hand and hand-painted. Her bottom lip ‘pouts’ while her top lip is simply painted. She is heavily detailed & features big brown eyes, rosy cheeks & rosy lips. She has been painted with various mediums. She has been sealed top to bottom with a combination of glossy & matte acrylic sealer so that she may be lightly dusted after display & kept a lifetime.

Loretta’s fingers have been needle-sculpted by hand. She sports taupe painted gloves. She also sports painted brown boots and striped socks in shades of cream and taupe.

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Loretta’s apron dress is made from two super cute 100% cotton prints. Her underskirt is a pale, pale sage green floral print. Her over skirt is a striped creme fabric. The skirt straps are finished with two vintage mother of pearl buttons in the front. Loretta’s blouse is made of muslin & features hand-gathered sleeves. Both the dress & blouse feature tons of hand-stitching! All visible hems have been hand-stitched (dress & sleeves), as well as the back of the blouse & collar.

LorettaWingClose LorettaBodice LorettaStitches Loretta’s wings have been made of muslin, machine-quilted around the edges & then hand-painted. They were inspired by the Black Veined White butterfly. They are lightly wired on top & can be very gently bent. They’re  attached to Loretta with a large vintage, green button & several strands of heavy duty thread.

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Loretta carries a single rose posy. The rose is a freeze-dried purple passion rose. The rose head has been attached securely to wire, then wrapped in a burlap "cuff" & tied with chocolate ribbon. Loretta holds it by two hemp loops.Loretta’s hair is curly brown 100% mohair. I’ve lightly glued, then carefully needle-felted it to her head. Her hair is styled into a low side pony.


She is available on eBay April 27th – May 4th. Her auction will end at 9:15 PM EST on Sunday, the  4th. Click here to view or bid on this little gal!


  1. Cathy says:

    Rebecca, I just found your site through Dawn of The Feathered Nest and what gorgeous work you do! Your dolls are just fantastic and I really love the butteryfly series. I’m glad to have found you and have you bookmarked.

    Cathy 🙂

  2. Rebecca says:

    Cathy, thanks so much. These butterflies have been so much fun!! I’m so glad you found me & that you like my dollies!


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