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How to Make a Stumpwork Caterpillar.
🐛 Cut a length of thick, soft cotton thread and stitch it, like one big tacking stitch, the length that you want the body to be. You will need a thick needle like a bodkin, with a large eye, to thread your thick cotton through.
🐛 The easier method is to make it like the one in Photo 3, where couching stitches are worked over the body at regular intervals. ☑️ TIP: Pull each couching stitch tight as you work them, to make plump segments of the body. This completes the body.
🐛 Or, you can make it like mine, where the couching stitches across the body can be used like a ladder to needleweave onto:
Start at one end with a single strand of thread, take this thread over the top of the couching stitch, then backwards under the couching stitch, then forwards onto the next couching stitch. Repeat. You don't take your needle through the fabric except to start and finish each row.
Stitch as many rows as required to cover the caterpillar's body.
🐛 Then stitch a size 6 Mill Hill bead (or a pebble bead, depending on the size of the caterpillar) to make a head.
🐛 Stitch a couple of stitches from the head for horns. (I still have to do this on mine.)
🐛 Feet can be made from more short stitches, as on the thread spool holder in Photo 3.
🐛 My caterpillar's feet were made from Mill Hill Petite beads. ☑️TIP: Use a bead needle with one strand of cotton, and make 2 stitches through each bead to keep the beads from twisting.