I've bought some lovely beetle wings (can you imagine that they are rubbish form the food industry?). And I've come across two old patterns of beetle embroidery in Jane Nicholas's book on stumpwork beetles. They intrigued me! I like to see some more. So, I need your help to find some more of these gorgeous patterns.
Many thanks and have a nice day, Jessica
Oh, I love the look of jewel beetle wings. On my way-too-long wishlist of supplies to buy that I never get around to buying because there are so many other things I want.
(Was it beetlewing embroidery you were looking for or embroidered beetle patterns? I wrote my tips and then got a bit unsure. My tips are on embroidered beetles made with threads.)
In her book Goldwork, Hazel Everett shows some beetles on pages 28 (gorgeous gold and purple beetle with open wings) and 95 (tiny gold beetles and other bugs). There's also a pic of a green and gold beetle on p. 59, but that's just a pic, no pattern.
I also remember seeing a stumpwork beetle with needlelace wings in Bonniers stora bok om broderi (AKA The Essential Guide to Embroidery; ed. Liz Arthur). Not as purdy as Everett's gold-and-purple beetle, though.
Dear Jessica, Thank you for adding me as a friend on SF. I noticed your question from last year about beetle wings. I bought a small box of beetle wings from Thailand (blue and green) last year too. After searching for patterns, I found some ideas on Australian goldwork embroider, Alison Cole's, website. Lucky for me, Jane Nicholas lives not far from me and I'm doing three classes with her this semester. Unfortunately, none on beetles, but I bought her beetle book - it's fantastic.