Monday, 30 July 2012

stumpwork beetle

A while ago I decided I'd like to try making a stumpwork beetle cabinet- then I discovered this gorgeous book
This is my first attempt at a beetle from the book - a jewel beetle using stumpwork and goldwork techniques. It's not destined for my beetle specimen box, I'd like to do my own designs for that, but it has helped me get my head around how to embroider a stumpwork beetle. The head is a tiny bit of gold leather- I love how it looks. The wings are stitched seperately and are wired. Although this was just a 'practice' really I think it will go into a small frame (it's tiny, for scale the eyes are those tiny seed beads) and it can hang in my hall where I am collecting bugs, beetles and butterflies!


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