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…
The bones and the eel and the hair, oh my. Lovely. Frame it, or stretch around a board and hang with no border. Or a pillow!
You make me want to learn to embroider! This is incredible. I absolutely love it. It’s beyond!
This is AMAZING! I love your use of ribbons and yarns to add more texture. The bead bubbles are perfect, and your skeleton is fantastic.
She’s hauntingly lovely! I really love all the dimension and texture you get with the variety of fibers and added beads.
So pretty. I love how the coral pops at the bottom and the way the hair lays. Very cool!
Ohhhh! Merskelly! I get it now. That thing is so detailed- bet it must have taken forever! You could put it in a frame encrusted with shells.
It didn’t take long at all. The skeleton took maybe 4-5 hours, the rest a couple more hours.
I’m with Marrionberries. Do frame it but make the frame out of textiles, too! I am soooh madly loving this!
This makes my hear pitter-pat. For real. It makes me want to try to do something of my own. I love all the different fiber bits. And the eel??? swimming through her? Yaaaasssss!!!
you were absolutely right!