After making a few small beetles, I couldn’t figure out how to present them. Wire legs or soft legs? As soft sculptures? Too big to be brooches or to go on a necklace.
I had been playing around with the idea of framed textile butterflies, to offer some artwork for your walls, you know, the blank ones that you don’t know what to do with. And then I finally found some wooden frames, new ones at BHV and vintage ones at the second hand shop in town. The beetles are making it into the frames before the butterflies, because I just love these little scarabs and I have to get them out into the world!
I finally made the legs from yarn and faux leather. Antennae in faux leather cord. Stitched everything to a burlap background, and fitted the base back into the frame, minus the glass. This beetle jumps out from the background, like a relief.