My Dimples Designs Beasties Project

Over the past few years I've been collecting Terrence Nolan's Wee Beasties patterns, as well as his other bug designs. At this point, I believe I have all but two; I am missing his blue Thyridia and gold Thyridia designs. However, I have more than enough to begin my project!

What I plan to do is stitch all of the bugs on one piece of fabric, kind of like a specimen box without the killing! In the coming months, I'd like to start by trying to figure out an approximate stitch count, so I can determine how big a piece of fabric I need. This will involve a lot of arranging and rearranging the individual bugs, and might be quite a project all by itself.

Here are pictures of all the bugs I've found so far:

Mini Ladybugs 1:

Mini Ladybugs 2:

Mini Jewel Scarabs:

Mini Scarab Duet:

The Jeweled Scarab:

Black Ladybug Duet:

Yellow Ladybug Duet:

Red Ladybug Duet:

The Vedalia Ladybug:

The Larch Ladybug:

Ten-Spotted Ladybug:

Ladybug Collection:

Queen of Bumble Bees:

Emerald Orchid Bee:

Orchid Bee:

Purple Wanna Bee:

Wee Beasties Part 1:

Wee Beasties Part 2:

Wee Beasties Part 3:

Wee Beasties Part 4:

Wee Beasties Part 5:

Wee Beasties Part 6:

Wee Beasties Part 7:

Wee Beasties Part 8:

Wee Beasties Part 9:

Wee Beasties Part 10:

Wee Beasties Part 11:

Wee Beasties Part 12:

Wee Beasties Part 13:

So you see, that's a LOT of bugs!

If anyone knows where I can obtain either/both of the Thyridia designs, please let me know (rrowe @; my OCD won't let me rest until I have them all. Here are pictures of them:

That's the plan for now. It will be a while before I can start, but I will update this page when I have any progress to report.


  1. Hi, I'm the Suzy who is sending you the green Thyridia, and when I stitch the Blue Thyridia, if you're still looking for it, I will send it along. I love the beasties so much. I'd never even SEEN the duets! (and now I'm utterly horrified I don't have them).
    My goal is to stitch all of them and shadowbox the pieces to hang on the wall like the rest of my (real) bugs and butterflies :)

  2. I wish I had seen these Dimple Design Wee Beasties! Especially, the couple of Jeweled Scarab patterns! I would LOVE to stitch them! I have OCD too and would like to do them all but, I now know my limitations. :) If you would consider selling/ trading/ sharing some of these OOP patterns, I would be so grateful! I have 2 Mermaid Dimples patterns. The Heir and 2 Mermaids kissing. Please, let me know and I can't wait to see your progress!

  3. Melanie, these are so cool!!!!! What an awesome collection!

  4. I am looking for part 1, 2 and 9 if anyone has them! Thanks

    1. I have 1&2 and can swap them out for something you have....

  5. I am looking for mini ladybugs part 1
    could you send me a scan?

  6. Hi,
    Would you be willing to scan any of these and share them? So many are just impossible to find. Please think about it- I just want to stitch the patterns out in squares, to turn it into a bug quilt. I have quite of few but am missing some. Thanks for thinking of it! Alpha @