Dung beetles are pretty cool, for tiny beasts that clean up poop. Yarn beetles are cooler, picking up the little bits of thread and fiber that you drop during furious crafting sessions and felting them into a beautiful, twirly mess.
The ball is made with spider or woven wheel stitch, which I originally screwed up but managed to fix by re-watching the excellent video on Mary Corbet’s Needlenthread. (I have such a crafty crush on her!) Turns out that you need an odd number of spokes to your wheel, in order to get the look right. I decided to make the spacing on the spokes irregular to add to the look.
The yarn and bits used in the wheel are as follows: DMC thread for the spokes, ridiculously adorable fuzzy brown/pink/beige yarn from a local yarn store called Wabi Sabi, a rough brown bamboo thread that is really hard to see but adds a really nice texture when you are touching the piece, and finally a bit of Anchor yarn from my needlepoint yarn stash.
The beetle itself is stitched in grey sewing machine thread.