Thanks for the kind words.
Tassiespey - for the head i use the 5 on 3 off technique.
The wing is on first - 5 (or more) tight wraps always going towards the eye.
Always count how many thread wraps, the idea is to go back to only two wraps when tying in the next component, then repeat the same process.
I try to keep the butts of the wing and sides on until the very end, just when i'm ready to finish the head. Then i cut them all off at an angle down from the top - the longest fibrers should remaing at the bottom.
On this one, when i did the horns, i tied them in, then pulled the butts around on the opposite side, to create some shape. This was the first time i'd done it this way and i like how it provides a platform for the head shape and to hold the head shaping thread wraps.
Always use waxed thread as the tackiness of the wax allows for the wraps to hold each other and prevent them slipping forward.
Use only the amount of wraps needed tocover and hold the butts, plus a few extra for the desired shape.
Essentially, you should not be putting on 10-15 wraps when you tie each material.
I hope this helps