Friday Finishes #29: Butterfly

The finished piece!

Today’s Finish!

Today’s Friday Finish takes me back… I finished this project a long time ago. It was my first project that I did Five Minute Stitch videos on, and it was the first project I decided I would take progress pictures on!

Name of Piece: #021-1389 Butterfly

Designed by: Kooler Design Studio

Distributed as a kit by Janlynn under their “Design for the Needle” series.

Kit Contains: 18 ct. cotton aida fabric, 6-strand embroidery floss, frame, self-adhesive mounting board, needle, graph, and instructions.

Finished Size:  2.25 inches by 2.75 inches oval

The Story: I’ve owned this kit for so long now, I don’t remember how I came across it. It must have been in one of my binge mini kit buying shopping sprees, back when craft stores like Joann’s used to sell them. Most people have since gotten rid of their mini kit inventory… must not have sold well enough. Janlynn’s got all new packaging and designs now as well. I think they retired their “Design for the Needle” series in favor of something else.

Butterflies are a common subject for mini kits. I think because you can very easily design a detailed butterfly to fit in a small area like these mini kits. I own several of them, but this was actually the first butterfly I ever stitched!

You can see this project unfold (mostly) on the Progress Report article:

Progress Report: Butterfly, From Start to Finish

Time To Complete: In exact stitching time, only a few hours.

Review: I believe I started on this kit in the beginning of 2014. I meant for it to be a fast stitch, but around that time I lost the stitching bug. The Five-Minute Stitch was invented as a way to get a small amount of stitching time in my everyday life as a result, and I finished most of the kit from there on camera.

In terms of ease of use… this is a typical Janlynn kit from this series. It was pretty easy to stitch, the thread and fabric were both nice, and the backstitch went fairly quickly. Really not much to report! Their kits aren’t as high quality as the Bucilla kits but they are still quick and easy and fun to stitch.

The finished piece!

The finished piece!

Final Verdict: If you like this kit, and want to stitch it yourself, you can probably still buy it online or find it on eBay! This is a nice, quick kit to stitch and would be good as a gift for anyone who likes butterflies or the color purple!

Have you done this kit before? How did it go for you? How did you like it, or not like it, as the case may be?  Leave a comment below or head on over to our Facebook page and tell us how it went!


Friday Finishes is a segment where I catalog and review all the cross-stitch pieces I have ever completed. Some of the pieces I no longer have information on, or I don’t have pictures because I gave away the piece as a gift and forgot to take a picture, but I’ll do my best to be as informative as possible! Check back on Fridays for more.