It might be because of this never ending summer, with temperatures still around 30°C during the daytime . . . but I’ve been having something of an ocean themed crafting spurt.
First up . . . Carole, very kindly sent me an unbirthday gift a few months ago. A little mermaid cross stitch kit. Well, that gave me some light relief from all the dull browns & beiges I’ve been working on with the SAL project, and she turned out beautifully.
I deliberately didn’t give her a mouth as I think she actually looks prettier without. And I’m not sure if I’ll be finishing her off as a bookmark, to slip insde the printed card that came with the kit, or coming up with a different kind of finish. Whatever, she was a real joy to stitch. The kit was a freebie from a back issue of Cross Stitch Crazy magazine. I had been dithering about whether or not to renew subs to a UK crafting magazine, and this gift from Carole spurred me on. I signed up for a 12 month subs to Cross Stitch Crazy, so now have several other pretty freebie kits in my stash. Perfect for those little projects when you want a quick finish!
Other crafting . . . if you saw my ScrapHappy post on 15th, you’ll have seen the stuffed fish I made, with its upper fin sewn on back to front. Now, although Viking Parents said Baby Viking would love it (it’s also got a rattle inside so makes a lovely noise) I still wanted to make one that looked right. So I rifled through scrap bags again and made another one.
Much more successful than the previous one, and with some lovely scraps. This fishy has white felt circles appliqued on for eyes and a cross-stitched navy pupil. He/she also has a “squeaker” inside, just below the upper fin.
Here are the three fish together, all following the pattern by Lauri.
What I love about patchwork, and scraps . . . you get to use up every last bit of fabric, and each of these fishes is a reminder of past patchwork projects. The one with spotty body was my first fish, made in March. He’ll be staying here, as a photo prop for my reborn dolls, since he has buttons for eyes, therefore is not 100% baby friendly. The other two will be swimming their way to Baby Viking.