Hi everyone,

I'm just stepping my toes in the shallow end, but the more I play the more I want to learn.

I've been recently making needlelace wings for the beetles I make, exploring stitches, techniques and different threads. I've attached three photos of some little wings as my first few pieces. These are only small, but I'm having lots of fun. I've ordered Catherine Barley's book and am impatient now for it to arrive.

Most of what I've done so far has been from watching the Michael Dennis vidoes, and following Lorelei's stitch diagrams on Lynxlace. I've spent hours on NLT reading and reading and zooming in to photos and trying things out.

So I guess I just wanted to post to say thank you to everyone for being so generous with their knowledge and to say Hi! :D

Michelle

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You are doing really well.  I have also made wings for a dragon fly using needlelace techniques.  The piece is entitled "Time Flies"niques

Oh he is beautiful! What are the metallic threads you have used?

Sue Babbs said:

You are doing really well.  I have also made wings for a dragon fly using needlelace techniques.  The piece is entitled "Time Flies"

The threads were whatever I happened to have in that fitted the colour scheme!  So a mix of Piper's silks, Madeira holographic thread, Accentuate and Bijoux threads.  This was made in 2012, and I had had some of those threads since before i moved countries in 1999, so may no longer be available

 

Ah thank you :D I think I need to invest in some sparkly thread for ym little creatures!

Yes, beetles need glossy, metallic thread on their wings and back!! Embroidery shops are helpful for finding such treasures.

Two books which you might like, which I discovered a long time after making this dragonfly are

Jane Nicholas: Stumpwork Dragonflies  

Jane Nicholas: Stumpwork, Goldwork and Surface Embroidery Beetle Collection

Michelle H said:

Ah thank you :D I think I need to invest in some sparkly thread for ym little creatures!

Ah yes, I have some of Jane Nicholas' books, including the beetle one - her work is divine.

My little guys have embroidered wing covers and (of late) needlelace wings underneath. Umm let me see if I can work out how to upload photos to show you. I think that worked!

I like all your little wings. Your tension and spacing is quite good. My first pieces were far messier. Keep going.

Sue I don't recall seeing this piece before. Am glad you posted it here.

Sue Babbs said:

You are doing really well.  I have also made wings for a dragon fly using needlelace techniques.  The piece is entitled "Time Flies"niques

Michelle

I love your beetles, especially the dark green one with beads.

Thanks Lorelei!

I'm still going, I seem unable to stop :D I've made more wings and played with some ideas for earrings

The wings are in Coton a broder 25 and crochet cotton 30. The earrings are in machine thread quilting cotton 50wt. Struggling with tension and even stitching but doing a little every day is helping.



Lorelei Halley said:

I like all your little wings. Your tension and spacing is quite good. My first pieces were far messier. Keep going.

Two more sets of wings I made this week. Just practising stitches and working on tension.

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Your stitch spacing is very good, with good control and evenness. Keep going.

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