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.

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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.