Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mermaid of the Pearls...Finally.

I'm finally ready to post a WIP pic of Mermaid of the Pearls.  I've named her Persephone as an homage to Rick Riordan.  Rick Riordan wrote a series of books called Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.  Percy Jackson is a demi-god who needs to rescue his mother from Hades, god of the Underworld.  Persephone is the wife of Hades but she hates him.  In the Percy Jackson books, Persephone sneaks her lovers in and out of the Underworld with enchanted pearls.  In actual Greek mythology, there is no mention of Persephone having pearls (at least none that I've read) but I still like the name Persephone for my Mermaid of the Pearls and I love the Rick Riordan books.  I'm hoping to start book two of The Lost Hero series, a sequal to the Percy Jackson books.  Anyway... here is my Persephone so far:

It's not the best picture.  I was hoping the sunlight would give a fairly accurate portrayal of the fabric color.  In actuality, the preview picture on my lapstand in the previous post is a better picture.  It is a dusty rose 32 ct. Silkweavers solo with some splotches of gray.  I intend to convert her tail to wine red tones and here are the threads I plan to use:

Hopefully, there are enough pinks mixed in so her tail looks wine-colored and not a bloody mess.  As you can see from the picture, I've also decided to replace the Mill Hill pebble beads with Swarovski Pearls. 

I wanted to also let everyone in on a really great Amazon seller.  They are called Blue Ridge Needlework and while they have a very limited selection, they were the only seller on Amazon who actually sold silks through Amazon.  Several needlework sites "advertise" through Amazon which means while their products show up in a search, when you click on the item to buy it, Amazon tells you that you have to purchase it through an external website.  It was infuriating trying to buy silks on Amazon until I found Blue Ridge Needlework.  I ordered my Caron Waterlilies on Monday evening around 11 pm CST, got the shipping notice at 6 am Tuesday, and  received them in the mail this afternoon.  I'd say that was pretty fast service!  I will definitely order from them again if they carry the Waterlilies I need.  I found the shipping a little pricey ($3.99 for 3 skeins) but I understand that Amazon standardizes the shipping rates by price of the item you are buying.  Also, they arrived super fast so no complaints here!

The green is Honeydew and it will be used on Deep Blue Sea and Merchant Mermaid.  The blue is Blue Lavendar and will be used on Merchant Mermaid.  The orange is called Tangerine and will be used for Red Skies at Night

As I write this, I see that I have 21 followers!  Yay!  Thank you all so much for joining me!  I promised that when I reached 25 followers I would do a little give away.  I have picked out three skeins of silk from my stash and three lucky people will win one.  I will post a picture when I reach 25 and ask everyone to comment with the color they like best.  I will then print the comments, cut them into lots, and choose one person from the hat for each color.  TTFN!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Little Bit of Christmas S.E.X. and a Little Bit of Mystery...

Hello Everyone!  I'm so glad so many have chosen to follow me after just one post!  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your support!  I'm gathering some pretty silks to give away to thank you guys when I hit 25 followers.  For now, I hope everyone had a happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, Kwnazaa or just a happy day off with friends and family.  The fat red-suited man brought me several lovely goodies!  Mostly stitchy stash and I just love an excuse for Stash Enhancement eXperience!  First, I got a pre-Christmas treat when the fat-quarter of Sugar Maple's 32 ct. Diana Belfast came in the mail on Christmas Eve:

I intended to use it for Enchanted Mermaid by Mirabilia but I just don't think it's quite as dark as I'd like.  I'm going to do a floss toss soon to decide.  There are several colors from Sparklie's Fabrics I think would work as well and I'm putting together a list of samples to order.  I LOVE that you can order samples before you commit to a fat-quarter of fabric based on a picture on your computer monitor. 

I also recieved a lovely OttLite!  I wanted one for travel and this one is perfect!

And last, but certainly not least, I received a sit-on lap stand from K's Creations.  I love it! 

It came in unfinished wood, like you can see with the Q-snap clamp on top.  I opted not to stain the q-snap clamp until I knew for sure that the stain wouldn't rub off.. I've decided to go ahead and stain it and it is currently drying.  You can see a small preview of Mermaid of the Pearls in the Q-snaps.  I'll post a better picture of her and the fabric she's being stitched on later this week. 

Starting on January 1st, 2012, I'll be starting Chatelaine Mystery XV: Deep Blue Sea.  I think it will be a lovely compliment to my mermaids.  I've chosen to stitch it on black because I would also like to stitch Chatelaine's Octopus Treasure Cove and I think they should coordinate.  Here is a preview of some of the silks and the 32 ct. black lugana I plan to stitch it on.

So far, I'm loving the colors!  The first part of Deep Blue Sea has been posted but I want to get another good week into Mermaid of the Pearls before I pick up another big project.  Plus, I need to pick up a few more Glorianas to get myself started.  I took a few better pictures of Shimmering Mermaid today, but I've decided to save them for another post.  There are a ton of pictures in this post already!  Thanks for reading along with me!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Introducing myself... Hi... I'm Leslie

Hello all!  Hopefully, as time progresses, all includes more than just myself.  My name is Leslie and I love to cross stitch.  I decided to name this blog "Stitching Under the Sea" because I love to stitch nautical themed patterns and charts.  I especially love to stitch mermaids.  I recently completed my second Mirabilia Mermaid.  The pattern is called Shimmering Mermaid. 

I started her on October 1st, 2011 and I finished her December 21st, 2011.  She's stitched on 32 ct. opalescent linen that I dyed myself.  I love dying fabric and will post pics when I dye different fabrics.  The same day I finished Shimmering Mermaid, I started Mirabilia's Mermaid of the Pearls. I've converted most of the colors from blues and greens to wine shades.  I'll post a pic in a few days when I've gotten farther than her hair.  Thank you so much for reading my blog!