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Spellbound Sew-along: week 5

Merveille du Jour

When I started drafting a bat block for the Spellbound Sampler - we’ll be meeting him next week - I realised what wonderful wings I could make with traditional dresden fans. And then, of course, I tried to think what else I could use them for: birds’ wings and cobwebs, yes, but surely not butterflies or moths?

Although most British butterflies and moths are hibernating or migrating by the end of October, there is whole family of moths who emerge in the dying days of Autumn, including the extraordinary lichen-coloured Merveille du Jour {Wonder of the Day} which feeds on Ivy flowers and berries before laying its eggs in Oak trees.