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Title: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: sheepBlue on June 03, 2019 05:41:13 PM
I'm not sure what inspired me to make all these. I blame it on a phase  :D I typically stitch from reference photos but for some of these I went rogue and added different colors or patterning. For any that are directly inspired, I'm including the reference pictures for fun.







































*photo credit the critter above goes to PerfectlyBohemian who received this in the In-Person Swap at the 2019 Craftster Meetup in Asheville (thank you!)




















I'd love to hear any thoughts or comments  :) Thanks for looking.


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: acraftyjean on June 03, 2019 05:49:25 PM
These are so awesome! Great work, such talent!


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on June 03, 2019 06:56:06 PM
These are flat out amazeballs.


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: kwality570 on June 03, 2019 07:02:00 PM
So realistic. Like they could just fly away. These are spectacular!


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: underthemountain on June 03, 2019 07:26:33 PM
These are amazing Sheep!

Must be something in the air.  I literally just purchased this book

https://www.amazon.com/Bead-Bugs-Creepy-Projects-Objects/dp/1589237323/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=bead+bugs&qid=1559615179&s=books&sr=1-2


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: endymion on June 03, 2019 08:10:03 PM
My mind is totally blown. Your skills are epic!


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: sheepBlue on June 04, 2019 05:27:25 AM
Thanks everyone!  :D

UTM - that book looks so cool. I can't wait to see what you make from it  ;)


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: MissingWillow on June 04, 2019 05:36:01 AM
These are amazing!  I love your stumpwork projects.


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: EriChanHime on June 04, 2019 07:40:30 AM
I adore each and every one of these individually and by name. I think the spider is my favorite, though. The colors are a little different, but it reminds me of the orb weaver I "adopted" as a child (She still lived outside, but I caught bugs and fed her every day, and then when she died I took her egg sac with me and eventually hatched it and released the babies).

I love the way you do the wings, especially the fake-transparent bits. I know you can't see through it, but it does a great job getting across the feel of the wings. Excellent wrapped wire legs, too. *hearts*

I'd love to someday see a larger art piece with several of these stumpwork bugs with glass head pins stuck through them and old-fashioned entomological labels to make it look like a Cabinet of Curiosities bug collection. :D


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: Padester on June 04, 2019 09:32:30 AM
Wow. Just . . . wow. Great work!


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: kittykill on June 04, 2019 10:31:26 AM
Goodness! All of these are stunning! I can't pick a favorite. So much beautiful work.


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: bethntim on June 04, 2019 11:03:37 AM
I am in awe of all of these!  How are you going to display them?  Silence of the Lambs style?


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: Mistress Jennie on June 04, 2019 11:18:06 AM
These are fascinating!  I think my favorite is the turquoise moth.


Title: Re: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: sheepBlue on June 04, 2019 11:27:28 AM
I adore each and every one of these individually and by name. I think the spider is my favorite, though. The colors are a little different, but it reminds me of the orb weaver I "adopted" as a child (She still lived outside, but I caught bugs and fed her every day, and then when she died I took her egg sac with me and eventually hatched it and released the babies).

I'd love to someday see a larger art piece with several of these stumpwork bugs with glass head pins stuck through them and old-fashioned entomological labels to make it look like a Cabinet of Curiosities bug collection. :D

I believe the spider was based off an Orb Weaver, but after doing a lot of black/white/yellow or some variation along those lines, I wanted to change it up a little bit.

My friend commissioned me to to do a larger piece for her aunt and mother for xmas presents, so larger pieces will be forthcoming (assuming I ever stop procrastinating on getting started)!


Title: Re: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: sheepBlue on June 04, 2019 11:28:48 AM
I am in awe of all of these!  How are you going to display them?  Silence of the Lambs style?

I love that movie, but I'm not sure what sort of style you're referring to?  :P I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them yet. A few will probably be put in a diorama frame to be hung up.


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: Abbeeroad on June 04, 2019 12:58:39 PM
Super cool work as usual! Love the reference pics! Some of them I would have thought just sprang from your imagination. Bugs are wild!


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: Patraw on June 04, 2019 02:38:14 PM
Amazing stuff, sheepBlue!  Wonderful menagerie of colorful creepy-crawlies!

@EriChanHime:  I used to "feed" spiders by catching insects and tossing them onto their webs when I was a kid too!


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on June 04, 2019 03:28:17 PM
What are you going to do with all them?  They're gorgeous!


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: JoyfulClover on June 04, 2019 08:57:15 PM
Going 'rogue' looks good on you!  They're all fantastic in their own way, just like the real things! Stellar work.

\m/


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: PerfectlyBohemian on June 05, 2019 09:39:41 AM
These are all so freaking awesome!! I'm so glad to own one and to have learned some of your techniques :D


Title: Re: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: sheepBlue on June 05, 2019 09:53:31 AM
These are all so freaking awesome!! I'm so glad to own one and to have learned some of your techniques :D

I forgot the one I gave you was for the swap. Which one did I give away as a part of the blind craftster exchange? lol


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: PerfectlyBohemian on June 05, 2019 10:36:02 AM
These are all so freaking awesome!! I'm so glad to own one and to have learned some of your techniques :D

I forgot the one I gave you was for the swap. Which one did I give away as a part of the blind craftster exchange? lol

The dragonfly that rhino got. :)


Title: Re: Re: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: EriChanHime on June 05, 2019 01:05:39 PM
I believe the spider was based off an Orb Weaver, but after doing a lot of black/white/yellow or some variation along those lines, I wanted to change it up a little bit.

My friend commissioned me to to do a larger piece for her aunt and mother for xmas presents, so larger pieces will be forthcoming (assuming I ever stop procrastinating on getting started)!

Awesome, sheepBlue! It definitely seemed familiar, so even though you tweaked the colors, you really managed to capture the feel of the spider. I can't wait to see how your larger pieces come out--lucky relatives!

@EriChanHime:  I used to "feed" spiders by catching insects and tossing them onto their webs when I was a kid too!

Exactly!  ;D Crickets, grasshoppers, moths... Super fun to watch her wrap it in silk.


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: rackycoo on June 06, 2019 06:37:42 AM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project (https://www.craftster.org/blog/june-5-2019-featured-projects/)! :)


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: RituGupta on June 13, 2019 12:10:17 AM
These are really stunning! Are the stitched directly to the cushions like they can be worn like brooches when they're finished? I reckon that out there somewhere, there'll be someone who loves insects so much they'll be happy to buy the whole collection from you at some point! Good job!


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: Ludi on June 17, 2019 06:35:22 PM
So fabulous!  Inspiring!  :D


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: underthemountain on June 19, 2019 07:26:41 AM
Congrats Sheep!  Well deserved.  These are even more magnificent in person!  :)


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: sheepBlue on June 19, 2019 07:29:42 AM
Thank you!  ;D


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: craftADDchick on October 12, 2019 05:57:55 PM
I love every single one of these, but I think the beetles are my favorites! Such gorgeous work!


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: Averia on October 14, 2019 07:11:42 PM
I am blown away with how beautifully you stitch!


Title: Re: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: sheepBlue on October 15, 2019 03:16:34 AM
I am blown away with how beautifully you stitch!

Awww thank you  ;D


Title: Re: Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs
Post by: Mellius01 on October 29, 2019 05:43:23 PM
Iím in awe of all these! They could be museum pieces. Simply incredible!