a mere 19 months after “finishing” this stitch, I finally figured out how to mount and hang it! my new favorite technique, fabric collage.
stick dangle with glass fish (an earring up until an hour ago)
fringe detail. The big monkey’s paw beads were a little too pale blue, so I tinted them with watered down craft paint. I drilled the holes out on two to fit on the hanging dowel!
hmmm, where did all that loose thread come from?
And back to the original post, with much better pictures (I should start using my camera again, instead of the phone):
I loved mermaids long before Disney co-opted the breed, but my tastes are a little darker these days.
I drew from human and fish skeletons for the bones, which stitched up pretty quickly.
I paint-dyed muslin for the backing.
Her hair is a variegated flat yarn I found at a thrift store; it heavily influenced the color scheme.
The kelp is silk ribbons, and I added bead bubbles to break up blank spaces.
As usual, I’m stuck when it comes to finishing and mounting. I wonder if there are YouTubes about that…