Learning about Butterflies

Long ago it was believed by the Indians that if anyone desires a wish to come true they must capture a butterfly and whisper the wish to it.  Since butterflies make no sound, the wish could not be told to anyone other than the Great Spirit.  By making the wish and releasing the butterfly, your wish would be taken to the heavens and granted.
Some cultures believe that butterflies are souls of the dead.  To ensure a baby’s sweet dreams, North American Indians would embroider butterflies on their babies’ caps.  Ancient Greeks considered butterflies an emblem of the immortal soul because it passed through a kind of death in the pupa stage and a resurrection in the adult stage.
I found all this information in the front of a pattern book on my craft shelf–Dragonflies and Butterflies in Plastic Canvas.  The patterns are just gorgeous, but I don’t do plastic canvas…perhaps the patterns can be adapted to other needlework mediums?


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