Thursday, January 16, 2014

I'm Swimming with the Mermaids......

Just a quick post to show my progress on the Mermaid Purse. This is stitched over one on 32 count linen with only two shades of blue silk. Lots of back and tent stitch with a few specialty stitches thrown in.These are two of the smalls, pyn pillow and needle compact.  

I do believe I may take the date out and restitch as it's not centered--darn!!!

Don't you love the mermaids pearl necklace and mirror?

There's a little bit of a learning curve going on as I've never stitched a piece with the interfacing already applied. It's tough to find the holes on the back. I've tried a sharp needle and a smaller sized tapestry and each has their own drawbacks. I've settled on a 28 count Bohin that seems to work best. However, I keep bending the eye trying to push it through the interfacing. I do like the substantial "feel" the interfacing provides, and I will keep plugging along (now that I've started it this way, I'll have to finish it this way). Time will tell if I ever use this approach again!

Now I have moved on to the clam shell purse--will post photos as I proceed.

I'm heading into my sewing room to straighten and organize a bit--gotta do that when the mood hits and it hit me like a brick wall this morning!!!

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!



  1. Lovely stitching, Stasi! Please remind me who the designer is on this one?

  2. Oh this is so pretty Stasi - I do love the little necklace and the mirror on the mermaid. Looking forward to seeing the finished project. Good luck on straightening up the sewing room. I need to do that too.

  3. Stasi, use a sharp needle and just be careful that you don't split a thread. It's much easier going through the interfacing.

    1. Thanks you Becky, I did and it's much easier. But, you are right, you have to be careful about splitting the linen threads!

  4. Looks great, Stasi! I've never tried that method either. You'll have to keep us posted on this one. Very interesting method and a lovely design.