Finally done and already at work at Rana's bedside table, the Knitting Beetles are done. How they were made, below.
I added texture and detail and color to them after they were fully secured to the mini set which added a lot of challenge. Stayed away from making them too accurately "beetle-like", making heads a bit bigger, etc. to keep the creep factor down. (The extra two bugs made got dressed in their most festive duds and will be attending the bug party, w00t! No waste.)