The fabrics you use can make a big difference, especially with wings!
Whether it is applique, freestanding applique, or crazy quilting, winged embroidery like butterflies can be enhanced even more by using these kinds of fabrics.
Twinkle Sheer Organza from Etsy: SalTexFabrics
No other fabric is quite like organza. Not only does it shimmer, it is so delicate that it makes a gorgeous butterfly wings.
Iridescent Pearl Organza from Etsy: MyTextileFabric
Butterfly Dance from Hatched in Africa is a beautiful design in so many ways. High contrast between the background and embroidery, beautiful edge stitching, and soft fabric. Faux suede provides a soft-touch surface for embroidery, making it life-like to the soft petals of a butterfly. When stitching on faux suede, use an embroidery topper to keep stitches from sinking out of sight.
Faux Suede Fabric from Etsy: Annyfabric
GlitterFlex from SewInspiredByBonnie.com
Mylar is a lovely way to add lifelike sparkle to wings like 3D Mylar Butterfly from Inspiration Mutz. Iridescent mylar picks up the color of the thread and fabric, giving infinite possibilities in colors and shine. It is easy to use, it will not dull your needle and easily tears away.
Perhaps no other fabric provides natural color variations quite like batiks, and no other designs work so beautifully with batiks than crazy quilt designs like Crazy Butterfly from Molly Mine. Add gorgeous embroidery embellishments to the equation, and you have the perfect combination for a stunning project.
Watercolor batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics