This is my improvised mini butterfly. I like how it turned out!
The long picot in the middle is cut to make the antennae.
This is what it looks like in DMC cotton perlé No. 5:
Tie the two threads together. Thread for the chains can be from the ball or a second shuttle, for the rings you will need a small amount of thread on a shuttle.
Ring A: 4-4-4-4 rw
Chain B: 4-4-4-4 rw
Ring C: 4+4-4-4 rw (the join is to the last picot made in ring A)
Chain D: 4-4-4-4 rw
Ring E: 4+4+4----4-4-4 rw (the first join is to the middle picot in ring C, the second join is to the middle picot in ring A, ---- means long picot, which is to be cut later to make the antennae)
Chain F: 4-4-4-4 rw
Ring G: 4-4+4-4 rw (join to the last picot made in ring E)
Chain H: 4-4-4-4 rw
Ring I: 4+4+4-4 (first join to the last picot made in ring G, second join to the only free short picot of ring E)
tie and cut
When I get some time, I'll add the starting point and element labelling to the diagram.
(Note: - picot, + join, rw reverse work, ---- very long picot)
This swallowtail adaptation was created by Mercy Pres - adding it here so it can be found easily:
Just replace the middle picot in D and F chains with rings 6-6, done *without* turning the work (if you are using two shuttles, you can do them with the second shuttle)