The Little Mermaid

I don't have loads to share today but really wanted to show you that it is finally finished!

Considering the change of direction this took part way through the stitching (completely of my own doing), I think, I probably like it better than the original version (which the more I looked at it reminded me of the tokens we used to get in Tivoli gardens to play on the various game machines when I was little). You can see the original at the bottom of this blog post HERE

To disguise the lettering marked in permanent ink above and below the mermaid, I ended up creating water, by stitching three 'layers' of waves around the little mermaid. 

Right Way Up
Usually when I work on larger pieces, I don't hesitate to rotate my frame whatever way it takes to make the stitching as comfortable as possible.I think that if I am comfortable and relaxed while I work, my stitches will be so too. 
Well, there seem to be an exception to everything and I found one such exception when stitching the outer ring of waves in Twisted Chain Stitch.
I like Twisted Chain Stitch because of the slightly bumpy texture and had chosen to use it for the outer waves and straight lines around the design. All was going well on the lower part of the design, but when I rotated the embroidery to stitch above the mermaid, it was not as straight forward. I simply could not get the stitches to twist and flow smoothly. To match the direction and twist of the lower rows, I had to stitch left to right, up-side and twist the thread in a way that felt completely awkward - so I gave up; rolled the fabric as much as I could onto the lower roller bar and had to stretch across the frame to work all the rows at the top. Uncomfortable, yes - but a lot less awkward.
I have put a tutorial Twisted Chain Stitch HERE

Now all that is left for me to do is make it up. I don't think I want to frame it and am thinking it will be made into a pillow for someone who I am pretty sure will appreciate it. Can't say who, because I am not sure if that person stops by the blog from time to time.

I am looking forward, as always, to start a new project....

Have a lovely weekend.
Stay Safe & Keep Stitching,
Anna X


  1. Lovely work and a brilliant way to cover the printed lettering.

    1. Hi Mary Ann, Thank you. I was so close to just toss it in the bin but I am really glad now that I didn't.

  2. Hi Anna! I think it turned out better in the end! Not so "political" and more personal and simply beautiful! She is Peaceful and reflective and lovely! The technique you chose for covering the ink was brilliant! Keep up the great stitching! I look forward to seeing what's next!

    1. Hi Betsy, I too, think I like it much better like this. I love the way you have described her - that is exactly how the little mermaid statue sitting in the water in Copenhagen looks. How she keeps her poise when completely overcrowded by tourists is beyond me.... ;-)

  3. Dear Anna, the mermaid has turned out to be awesome. The colors and the stitches are well balanced, just as she is, sitting there on her rock looking out over the sea....
    I am in awe for your skills and talent, for being able to paint with needle and thread this gorgeous painting in such beautiful colors!
    Stay safe.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs, Ilona


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