I completed the stumpwork beetle yesterday afternoon and, whilst I think I need more practice, I'll share with you how it was done here. Hope you enjoy and find it at least a little interesting, and maybe even useful too!
The kit came with just an oval outline on the fabric. The first thing to do then, was to pad the outline with felt. There was no pattern given for it, so I just guess-timated and then trimmed to size. Then you stab stitch it in place. No need for lots of stitches, just a few are OK. You could even just put a few stitches in the centre of the felt and that would be fine too, but I prefer to have the edges secured so they don't get in my way when I'm working the next part.
Next we move on the green wings and, as you can see in this shot, the satin stitches are worked from top to bottom, along the diagonal line formed by the five black stitches. You need to close them up slightly at the head end to both fit them all on and to stop them slipping off the side of the body.
Here you can see the completed satin stitches.
The next element is the legs and antennae. These were worked in just one strand of black stranded cotton and done in straight stitches and detached chain (lazy daisy), thus making the 'double' look of the first section of each leg. The antennae, of course, are just one straight stitch each coming out from the front of head (where else???!)
Finally, just stitch the eyes, two blue- or green-black seed beads, on to the front of the head and here he is, your stumpwork beetle!