The Monarch Butterfly
by Dao Donjerm
Monarch butterflies are native to North America and Canada, but their population has declined by 90% over the last 20 years.
Monarchs have a complex lifecycle: they spend the winter hibernating in Mexico and migrate north in the spring to lay their eggs on milkweed plants. The caterpillars hatch and feed on milkweed leaves until they grow into chrysalises, and then emerge as butterflies with orange wings. After this, they fly south for the winter! There are many threats to monarchs' survival, including habitat loss and pesticides used on crops like corn that contain neonicotinoids—a type of insecticide that is incredibly harmful to bees.
This beautiful one-of-a-kind hand-embroidered necklace not only makes a fashion statement but can also help raise awareness about this endangered species.
A portion of the sale will be donated to The Canadian Wildlife Federation, which works tirelessly to protect monarch butterflies across Canada.
Size: 1.7 inches round
Chain Length: 24 inches
Support: Hand-embroidered with cotton floss with stainless steel base
About the Artist
I'm a self-taught embroiderer. Most of my works are inspired by the beauty of nature. I take photos from where I visited from just walking in the park, beside the road or on some road trips, and turn them into jewelry.
I initially learned my crafting skills from my mom. She taught me sewing, crochet and macrame. As time went on I began experimenting with embroidery and found a way to implement all of my creative skills into my embroidery.
In 2017 I started my own youtube channel making DIY videos and it soon morphed into a platform to showcase by budding interest in embroidery. I started with ribbon embroidery combined with tutorials on making handbags, wallets and various articles of clothing with ribbon embroidery on them. In 2018 I began making wearable art in the form of hand-embroidered jewelry, such as earrings, rings, pendants and bracelets and sold them on Facebook. In 2021 I moved to Canada with my husband and shortly thereafter started my Etsy store.
Living in Beautiful British Columbia has had an impact on my embroidery as I now find inspiration from my new surroundings. Recently I have been using flowers, birds, mountains and lakes from my local area in my work. I hope you find my work enjoyable.