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« 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  Cheesy 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!)




















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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2019 05:49:25 PM »

These are so awesome! Great work, such talent!
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2019 06:56:06 PM »

These are flat out amazeballs.
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2019 07:02:00 PM »

So realistic. Like they could just fly away. These are spectacular!
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« Reply #4 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
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2019 08:10:03 PM »

My mind is totally blown. Your skills are epic!
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2019 05:27:25 AM »

Thanks everyone!  Cheesy

UTM - that book looks so cool. I can't wait to see what you make from it  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2019 05:36:01 AM »

These are amazing!  I love your stumpwork projects.
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« Reply #8 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. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2019 09:32:30 AM »

Wow. Just . . . wow. Great work!
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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2019 10:31:26 AM »

Goodness! All of these are stunning! I can't pick a favorite. So much beautiful work.
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« Reply #11 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?
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« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2019 11:18:06 AM »

These are fascinating!  I think my favorite is the turquoise moth.
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« Reply #13 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. Cheesy

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)!
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« Reply #14 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?  Tongue 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.
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« Reply #15 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!
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« Reply #16 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!
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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2019 03:28:17 PM »

What are you going to do with all them?  They're gorgeous!
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« Reply #18 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.

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« Reply #19 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 Cheesy
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« Reply #20 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 Cheesy

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
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« Reply #21 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 Cheesy

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. Smiley
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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!  Grin Crickets, grasshoppers, moths... Super fun to watch her wrap it in silk.
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« Reply #23 on: June 06, 2019 06:37:42 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #24 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!
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« Reply #25 on: June 17, 2019 06:35:22 PM »

So fabulous!  Inspiring!  Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: June 19, 2019 07:26:41 AM »

Congrats Sheep!  Well deserved.  These are even more magnificent in person!  Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: June 19, 2019 07:29:42 AM »

Thank you!  Grin
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« Reply #28 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!
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« Reply #29 on: October 14, 2019 07:11:42 PM »

I am blown away with how beautifully you stitch!
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« Reply #30 on: October 15, 2019 03:16:34 AM »

I am blown away with how beautifully you stitch!

Awww thank you  Grin
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« Reply #31 on: October 29, 2019 05:43:23 PM »

Im in awe of all these! They could be museum pieces. Simply incredible!
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