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« on: April 24, 2010 02:03:35 PM »

i was recently in the EEPP swap, here on craftster, and this is the peice i made for the swap...

my partner, sevsonlygirl, mentioned that she liked mermaid and sealife embroidery, so i took a coloring page i've been saving for a while and ran with it.
i was two weeks late sending, and definitely under-estimated the amount of time it would take. this took AT LEAST 30 hours, spread out over several weeks, but i didn't keep track of the time. i used satin stitch, back stitch, stem stich, french knot, and a variation of the scallop stitch.

as much work as i put into this girl, my favorite part is the fin, which was the easiest and quickest part, is that funny or what?

i think the french knots were my favorite part to work, even though they're itty bitty. i used 3 strands, and only wrapped the needle once for each knot.

and in this image you can see the scallops for the scales of the tail, and the stem stitch for the hair.

my husband keeps telling me i'm too ambitious for these swaps, and i think he's right. i've only been embroidering for a couple months, but i just have the mindset that i can do anything i set my mind to; it worked out for me this time. Wink

thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2010 02:15:48 PM »

That is just amazing... incredibly beautiful and sevs is one lucky girl.  wow!
Just gorgeous! 

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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2010 02:31:45 PM »

She's lovely. I'm always taking on too ambitious a project for a beginning embroiderer and swapper too. Cheesy

She's very well done.

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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2010 02:36:16 PM »

Beautiful work Smiley
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2010 03:01:24 PM »


this is gorgeous Smiley

I *want* to start embroidering, but I don't know where to start.  Your partner was really lucky to receive this.
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2010 03:04:56 PM »

wow!  This is really beautiful. 

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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2010 03:36:41 PM »

Your embroidery skills are magnificent!
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2010 04:24:35 PM »

This turned out so well.  I just started embroidering, and I hope that I'll be as talented as you with a few months' practice!
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2010 06:20:14 AM »

thanks so much for all the encouragement. Smiley
i found the best way to get started is to jump in with both feet...
i'm usually afraid of making mistakes, but i guess i'm learning that's how we learn, right?
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2010 07:48:06 AM »

That is so beautiful! You did an amazing job. I love all the textures.

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