Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Octagons Everywhere

Because a girl can never have too many octagonal jewelry boxes....right?
This is my July small, Homespun Elegance's "Lady Quaker Silhouette," fitted into the top of a jewelry box rescued from the thrift shop.  Just like my earlier finish using the same kind of box, this one had a painted glass insert that I removed.  Here is the lining for the inside -
(Hard to tell from the picture, but the fabric is a deep blue with lighter blue fern frond print.)

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Sea is Still Calling

After finishing Clara's Mermaid Sampler last month, and then putting the mermaid lantern together, I could still hear the call of the waves...so over the weekend I pulled out Ship's Manor's "Beautiful Sea Quaker."
I'm stitching this on a piece of 32-ct. Silkweaver "Celestial Blue," using (mostly) the custom colors from Ship's Manor.  I did, however, swap out the blue used for the seahorse - it was the same as the waves in the border, and I had heard there was a possibility that the one skein of it I'd purchased with the pattern wouldn't be enough - and the red bands in the lighthouse (the color called for had - IMO - too much orange in it).  I think I'm going to use beads for all the various "eyes," but I'll add those last!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Idea = Finished Display!

I absolutely love this.  (And yes, I've shared in a bazillion places.  This is how you know I love it.)
The door does close, but of course when it is closed you can't get  decent straight-on picture of the inside.  And oh, it makes me smile!  The stitching, the shells (collected by a friend who has passed), the baubles, the glass mermaid....love love love.

I'm slowly accumulating a lot of mermaid things...now I just need that husband of mine to start the remodel of the basement half-bath, because that is going to be my "mermaid room."  Of course, now a part of me wants to renovate my crafting space instead, and make a cool "ocean nook" in one corner!!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

So I Had an Idea

I was browsing around in JoAnn Fabrics the other day, and found this lantern.
And then I had ideas.
I'm not finished yet - but the stitched piece is Shepherd's Bush "Mermaid" sampler, stitched with kit supplies.  The shells were given to me by a friend, and the gorgeous handmade glass mermaid was a souvenir I picked up on our trip to Cape Cod 4 years ago.  I also have some blue and green glass baubles to add to the bottom of the lantern.  Here's the stitching alone:
(The blue flannel is closer to the color of the first picture.)  I laced the stitching on padded mat board, then glued the blue flannel to both sides of a slightly larger piece of board.  The twisted cording is a combo of pale blue and pale mint green flosses, some old unmarked colors my dad picked up in a craft lot at an auction.  I can hardly wait to get this all put together!

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Long-Neglected Fairy

After finishing the mermaid piece and last month's small, I decided my daughter's "M" fairy deserved some attention.

(Terrible phone pic, I'm sorry!)  I really like how the over-one skin is turning out, although it feels like it takes forEVER.  I also decided to do the partial stitches in the wings as over-one instead of half or quarter stitches.  Crazy, I know.

Friday, July 28, 2017

July Smalls SAL

"Lady Quaker Silhouette" by Homespun Elegance
stitched on 28-ct. linen, with Carrie's Creations "Blueberry Pie" and DMC white cotton floss

I'm thinking about using this as another box topper, like I did with my May small.  I found another one of the octagonal jewelry boxes at the thrift store - evidently they aren't so popular anymore in their original state!  But we'll see.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Decision Made

After monkeying with the shells and beads some more, I decided to take them all off...
...and I think I like it best this way.  I did add 4 beads - in the centers of the little symbols at the end of the sentences.  I've kept the shells, and once it is framed I think I will attach some to the frame itself.  They were just too big to feel "natural" on the stitching.  I even tried adding some smaller shells from a pack I got at the craft store, but since the other shells belonged to my friend's sister, it just didn't feel right to mix materials like that.
If anyone is curious about the pattern, it is "Clara's Mermaid Sampler 1891" from the Sampler Girl, in her Sampler Girl Companion Mermaid Booklet.  I stitched this on Silkweaver's "Mountain Mist" lugana, and used a couple different hand-dyeds for the wording, the blue waves, and the box around the heart.  The sea grass and Clara's name and date were stitched in the charted colors.  Oh, and I did the entire "wave" in blue - the chart switches from blue to the green text color about 1/4 of the way across, but I didn't like that.

Octagons Everywhere

Because a girl can never have too many octagonal jewelry boxes....right? This is my July small, Homespun Elegance's "Lady Quaker...