Thursday, 31 July 2008

Felt butterflies and butterfly story

We had the unexpected pleasure of looking after one of Hermione's friends for most of the day today while her mum took care of her poorly brother. Consequently we didn't do as much in the way of butterfly stuff as I had planned - but that's ok - it just means I've chilled tonight as I've still got stuff in the pipeline for tomorrow.

Felted butterflies. We felted a very thin layer of wool and then attached it to some backing card.

We enjoyed a butterfly story which I found on Google. Author unknown.

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it had and it could go no further.

Then the man decided to help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were nature's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we went through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. And we could never fly.


Anonymous said...

like the story and love the felt butterflys. Never done felting have you got any info?

Lynn said...

Oh good story!!! xx

Claire said...

We're very into felting right now. Next time we do any (probably within the next few days) I'll photograph each stage and do a post about it.

Linda said...

Ooh great news about the instruction, will look forward to that.

Loved the story too, a great little moral built in.

Bridget said...

Beautiful story, I'm going to tell that to my three eldest and see what they make of it.