Slow progress on the bug front. I have just padded the head of the beetle in white felt and outlined with No. 1 pearl purl. I filled in the pronotum with a mix of Japanese thread and metallic purl.
On closer inspection of the pictures you can see that my overall design was not evenly drawn out in the initial stages, making the central coloured bands of the pronotum very unequal in size. The trouble with working on a piece like this is that you can get so involved in the little details that you miss looking at the overall picture. Still, maybe I shouldn’t be too hard on myself as this is a first attempt. I plan on using chippings to fill in this area and then I will turn my attention to the eyes. I want quite bulbous, textured eyes – any ideas?