Merman for Alexander Henry Fabrics

I was thrilled to be asked to make a merman to promote the Sirenas Del Mar mer-creature contest, sponsored by Alexander Henry Fabrics and Treasures of the Gypsy. Those links will take you to sites with info about the contest. Of course I can never make just one so I’ve been working on four. One of these fellows will make his debut at the Alexander Henry Fabrics Quilt Market booth in Kansas City! The inspiration for this mer-fellow is Japanese samurai.

First fellow-

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He has a Japanese landscape toile. You can see in this back view that he has a back fin.

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His hair is in a samurai/sumo style, tied at the top of his head. It was fun to work on figuring out a new hair style!

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His waist and side fins-

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and his tail-

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More to come!

Merman with octopuses, octopi, or octopodes

I had to google the plural of octopus.

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The arm fabric looks like seaweed to me.

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And I still have some of this absolutely perfect merman hair fabric left so let’s use it!

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I thought that trim looked pretty great for a belt- I thought I’d look up what the official name is for that trim but I don’t even know where to start!

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Big Merman

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A Merman should come after the fish, I am absolutely sure. I am still working through a pile of men that are sewed and stuffed, prepared before Christmas. Little by little, they all come to life.

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I made his beard from a quilting batik fabric.

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This toile- ships and florals.

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His belt-

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Big Man Merman

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A new merman with skeletons. This month has been a lot of men with skeleton tattoos!

I got a new IPhone last weekend and am blown away by the amazing camera. I took photos with the phone and also with my Canon EOS Rebel and the phone pics were so much better. So, some of these photos were taken with the new phone and someĀ  with my SLR.

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And here is the back side of his hair-

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btw- this is #100 doll of 2017!