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« on: November 26, 2007 05:14:32 PM »

I've discovered that beetle wings are a great way to embellish embroidery! These wings of the jewel beetle are gorgeous, and they're pretty sturdy, too, so they work well on textiles. So I thought I'd post the "almost" completed project I'm working on.... it isn't 100% complete, simply because I keep thinking of other things to add.



The last thing I did was fill in the two side leaves on the little flower on the right with little gold seed stitch, to give it a kind of filled-in, dusty look.

I can't decide if I should work something around the wings in the top flower!

Anyway, I've been tracking the progress of this project on my website, with directions on how to prepare the wings and use the different types of gold. Eventually, I'd like to do some video tutorials for some of the goldwork stitches - when time allows!

Any ideas for the any further embellishment??
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2007 05:20:19 PM »

How delicate! This is beautiful. I thought the design was painted on at first.

What gave you the idea to use beetle wings?
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2007 05:22:07 PM »

That's beautiful! Where/how do you find the beetle wings?
I don't think it needs anything else, it's perfect.
On a side note,I love your site! I learned most of my embroidery stitches from your videos.
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2007 05:26:36 PM »

Holy cow, that's amazing! I love the beetle wings, such a unique idea - loooove them.  Can't wait to see more!
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2007 05:30:44 PM »

I came across some photos of museum pieces that were embellished with them - clothing, scarves, bags, etc. So I started searching and I came across a blog (Michael Cook of Wormspit.com) who was practicing with them. So I got in touch with Michael and we did a swap - I wanted to see the wings, and he wanted to see some different types of silk and metal threads. Once I saw the wings in person, I just had to try them on something! They are so beautiful - the camera can't do them justice. Think of the deepest emeralds and other jewels that reflect light and change color, and you have an idea of what they look like! They really are stunning.

I then ordered a supply of two different "shades" of wings - blue tones and green tones. They are all from the same type of beetle, and overall, the wings are green, but some reflect more blue than others, so they were separated into color batches. Some other colors you'll also see in the wings, depending on the light, are yellow / gold, copper, and even purple. I ordered them from a guy on e-bay who has a store that specializes in the wings and in beetle wing jewelry, etc. The wings are from Thailand.

Thanks heaps for the compliments...

Rosie - glad you've found the videos useful!!
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2007 05:58:08 PM »

wow!  looks amazing! 
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2007 06:34:30 PM »

You have done it again!

Your work is so meticulous, and gorgeous. I really enjoy seeing the creations you stitch. Smiley

Oh, and to your question...
What about adding some tiny pearls somewhere maybe? Seems it may need another color besides the red, gold and iridescence from the "wings".
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2007 06:43:08 PM »

This is just to show what I meant:
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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2007 07:28:48 PM »

beautiful! I know they used to use dragon fly wings for sequins. I'd love to see what that looks like!
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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2007 08:02:41 AM »

Wow, this is awesome. You always do gorgeous work. What gold thread do you use? The stuff I have used has always come apart and is really difficult to work with. Thanks.
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