Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The "F" Word!

That's right!  I have a Finish!  She's FINALLY Done!   I Started Buttercup on November 15, 2012 and Finished her March 24, 2014.  So after One Year, Five Months, and Nine Days, here's Enchanted Mermaid, aka Buttercup.

She is stitched on a lighter variation of Moonlit Waters by Under the Sea Fabrics with a variety of silks, delicas and Swarovski crystals.  I came up with the conversion myself with a lot of trial and error and frogging and restitching.  The conversion is available in a tab at the top of the blog.

And now for some action shots:

First, a close up of her face and skin.  I found stitching the over one skin incredibly tedious but every cursed stitch was worth it.  I love how multi-dimensional she is.  I found an ADORABLE tiny Tanzanite briolette teardrop to use for her earring.  I'll try to remember to take a close-up next time I take some pics of her.  I used wisper in her stole instead of dmc and I'm still trying to get it to fluff up the way I want it to.

And here is a close-up of all of the beads on her tail.  She has a BUNCH!

This is a close shot of the beaded chains around her waist.  I wanted to add more dimension so I made the chains instead of stitching them in as the pattern called for.

This mermaid has a lot of memories stitched into it.  I worked on her during my husband's deployment, while I was starting my business, and during a move.  She is very special to me and I can't wait to get her off to the LNS for framing.  We already have mats and frames picked out so now it's just dropping her off.



  1. She's so gorgeous! I love the chain. That was very clever. I'll be stealing that idea (and your conversion!) for the future ;)

  2. This is super gorgeous Leslie! What a tremendous accomplishment and well worth the time invested.

  3. She is stunning! Congrats on the finish! The fabric is beautiful, and I love the chain idea.

  4. She turned out wonderful. Congrats on the finish.

  5. OMG - she is gorgeous! I love the conversion and all your little extra changes!
    Just stunning :o)