Mixed Media Embroidery

This semester I am taking a Mixed Media Embroidery course and my end goal is to create three 3-dimensional insects using contemporary and traditional embroidery techniques. Once I make all three insects I intend to cast them in resin to "preserve" them. The entomology department at NCSU has an on-campus insect collection/museum that is open to whomever wants to visit. This past week I scheduled a meeting to take some inspiration pictures to start studying the anatomy of some of the insects. I ended up spending over an hour looking through all of the cabinets and draws finding thousands of fascinating insects, I then took these images (and MANY more) and began sketching some of them, insect anatomy is crazy detailed.