I worked around the cabochon on the left...but these other two were too close to the sides. So, what you can't go around...you go over!
I like the little three beads on their ends...but the beading thread will be covered some with green sewing thread. I thought about using a green marker to color the thread...or removing and starting over. But, the green thread worked enough to make me happy. All of the background was filled with back stitching in the yarn fiber.
The final gecko has some good dimension and I'm pretty happy with him (or her).