Re: I think I am catching "Brassy-itis"
That's what I wondered but I feel like I see a lot like that. I also think the flies where the thread is red can serve as a hot spot.
One idea if you do want to reduce the thread is the use a bit of dubbing then a dot of superglue on the thread for the whip finish, but I don't know that you need it. They look great!
- William Jensen