Merman + Vintage Laura Ashley

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I have a seemingly endless store of fabric, spanning so many years of collecting. This merman tail is made of vintage Laura Ashley fabric, circa 1970’s. My sister lived in Montreal in the 70’s and could buy bags of off-cuts which she gifted to me- thanks Tina! I still have some of it in my stash and it shows up every once in a while.

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More hair styling-

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The button looks like sea glass.

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Merman with Blue Tail

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This fellows looks like he is from the colder part of the ocean, not the tropics. He is more into the camouflage and limited colors versus the bright tropical colors.

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I thought he was looking a little too plain so I sewed these antique star beads onto his beard.

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He also has a fish bead-

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The little fins are the same pattern as his hair but in a different colorway.

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Tropical Merman

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Palm trees and mermen go together, right?

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More fun with merman hair. The color is dark purple/red with black crosshatching.

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Lounging on the sofa-

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And outside.

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I have got more mermen in the pipeline but will be putting these 3 into my etsy shop in the next 24 hours. I will update when they are listed.

edited- They’ve all been claimed. I will have some more next week.

Blue Merman 1

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I made a blue merman a long while back (October 2017) and I have wanted to make more but kept being unsatisfied with my blue dyeing attempts. As I described here, I finally approached the dyeing in a more deliberate fashion, found actual color charts and recipes, and this time I got colors that I was happy with. Funny thing about that!

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I am having fun with the merman hair- making exaggerated swoops.

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I am having the best time with these colors.

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A close-up of his hair-

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Green Merman

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I posted this photo (above) on my Instagram feed a few days ago. I sewed up 10 mermen over the weekend and I am so excited to see who they are! They are very, very colorful- Spring must be in the air. Here is the first fellow that pushed to the front of the line and made himself known.

2-26-merman green - 1 He has swoosh-y hair and a swoosh-y beard…

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So why green? These fellows are fantasy creatures so they can be any color, right? Also, I like the idea of trying out a range of skin tones. Then I can play with all kinds of crazy hair colors, eye colors. So, I guess it is about keeping it fun.

My Toile scrap quilt is done!

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Here is the big picture. It is hard to see the toile images in the blocks, so I have put some detail photos at the end of the post. I am very happy with it! It is all made out of fabric from my stash: mostly from my scrap bins. I will admit that I cut out a few larger toile images to have some bigger blocks in the center.

And the back is made of more toile scraps; mostly from the slipcovers from the sofa in my childhood home (60’s – 70’s). Amongst the scrappy bits of red and white toile, was a different pattern than the slipcover. I am guessing it was a sample piece that my Mom was trying. I had to piece the backing since there were damaged areas and some of the color differences are due to fading. I love the story it tells.

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Here is a close-up-

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On a bed-

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Some details-

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Thanks Ben!

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In case you are wondering about the toile scraps- I use toile to make the tattooed people. I buy fabric that has a white or cream background, with black, brown, or blue printing. I cut out the doll pieces and then I dye it to various skin tones. Most of the toile in this is off-cuts or scraps that I couldn’t bear to throw away. I don’t use any red on white toile for my dolls.