Thursday, July 15, 2010

Shimmer & Shine

Hey there, Stitchy Peeps!

Can you believe it's been a month since my last post? Sorry to have left you hanging for so long in regards to my Sparkly Mermaid WIP. I have been done with her for a while now, and even uploaded the pics to flickr last week (where they were left private until just now). Ooops. Anywho, here she is:

sparkly mermaid--complete
 (From the "Mad Ink" pattern set by Sew Lovely Embroidery.)

Pretty, ain't she? Here's the story of how Sparkly Mermaid came to be:

Last year, the sweet gals of Sew Lovely Embroidery, Katy and Maureen, contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in receiving a set of their iron on patterns. Um, yes please!  They generously sent me a full size pattern sheet, and WOW! Talk about some awesomeness. The details of their patterns are stunning. And these gals know their way around a needle & thread. Check out their blog, and be sure to also check out their embroidery set on flickr.

See? What did I tell you? Amazing. :)

Anywho, here are some more pics of Sparkly Mermaid:

i am bad with mouths...

Gosh, her mouth just isn't what I wanted it to be. I always have a hard time with mouths. Her lips are supposed to be slightly parted, but I think I completely missed the boat on this. Oh well. I think the sparkly seashell makes up for it.


I used both braid (very fine and medium) and blending filament on Ms. Sparkles. (I am allowed to call her by more than one name.) Both are by Kreinik, and I highly recommend checking out their website if you're not familiar with their products. There you will also find tips about how to use this stuff, which can be frustrating if you're not used to working with it.

Ok, more pics:

sparkly :)


sparkly tail

This next one is blurry as heck, but I included in here to show you the power of the braid. Oh, the power...

blurred sparkles

Look at that shimmer! Look at that shine! Gosh, I do love me some shimmer & shine.

sparkly mermaid

Well, that's all for now, my darlings! I will be back soon with more stitchy goodness to share. (And I hope it doesn't take me a month before I live up to that promise!) Until then...

Happy Stitching!


Anonymous said...

Kristi like always she turned out great!! You did an awesome job!

Sarajessica said...

That is one sparkly mermaid, she looks great! I love mermaids and have tried to stitch one for a friend but she turned out like nothing compared to yours. :D Thanks for sharing and I've got some tips for next time I'm taking on stitching a mermaid. :)

SewAmy said...

she is fabulous.

Babs said...

Wow, she looks lovely. I've never seen this stitching technique before, but I don't stitch long already.

Megan V said...

Beau teee fulllll!!! I love her! Especially the scales - they're perfection!!

Gina said...

Great stitching and some very awesome shimmery floss! Is that Sublime Stitching floss? I know they have awesome metallic floss, so...

Kristi said...

Thanks everyone! :):)

Gina, I used Kreinik for this project, though I have used SS metallic floss in the past...and you're right, it's awesome stuff!.