This is the family of flower beetles I just took off the loom. I wanted to study it in gray scale for awhile before I finish the piece. It will be framed under plexiglass with a black frame and a colored flannel backing.
The colors of the piece, although similar in value, are saturated and bright. There is of course a bit of sparkle here and there too. At different angles the metallic thread does different things; often highlighting a section not readily apparent from a different angle Black is the only dark value; used largely for outlining the shape.
Overall the effect is good; a calming serene feeling - not that creepy feeling that one could get when viewing a collection of dead beetles. The colors almost make one smile. And as in many beetle collection; no one beetle is the focal point yet each can be studied and admired due to its uniqueness.
Can't wait to see it finished, framed, and hung in a gallery with lots of light.