Merman #4

He is browner than the above picture shows. I hope it is clearer in the other photos.

An epic nautical battle on his chest and arms, and a beaded belt.

Here is a close-up of the back of his hair-

Another Blue Merman

There is going to be 3 blue ones in all, in case you were wondering. That was how many were in my already sewed up pile and need to be finished.

When I started working on this fellow, I was thinking he looked like a fancy Miami Beach Merman with his floral tail and coral-patterned ferns. I tried out some pinky-purple hair but it just wasn’t working for me. In the end, I choose some icy-green and it turned him into a much more serious fellow. He is is obviously from the warmer climes!

His tail is made of vintage (mid-70’s?) Laura Ashley fabric. And yes, I have had the fabric in my stash since it was new!

My photos were not showing the tail as blue-green so I tried to adjust to make it more accurate. This is a little better?

Red-Haired Merman

I have had a few requests for a red-haired merman so I hope whoever wanted one, see this! I’ve gone back through comments and messages but can not find what I am looking for.

He has silver-y green eyes.

Octopus on his chest and arms.

Stitching and belt on rick rack-

And fabric that looks like it would be excellent water-y camouflage for his fins and tail.

Back view of his hair-

A Blue Merman for November

I am planning to work on tattooed people for a while- probably up to the New Year. I have a lot already dyed and sewed up so now I get to focus on the fun part!

First up is some Mermen.

His very light hair didn’t show up very well in the photos. Here is a view from the other side.

Kelp on his chest and arms and a sea glass button. I picked a very dark variegated thread to embroider onto the rick rack- it plays on the dark red-purple and black of the fins..

Red Tail Merman

I am having fun trying out all these different color combinations.

His hair is a dark purple-red cross-hatch. And he has grey-green eyes.

Most of the decorative kanji on his arms runs down along the sides.

He has a fish button- I have had this button forever, like maybe 40 years! I have finally found the perfect use for it.

Dark Merman, Skeleton tattoos

I am really excited about working with this African wax print fabric. I need to learn more about it. This piece (which was gifted to me) has a slightly shiny surface, even after washing. I will be keeping my eye out for other patterns that would work with my designs.

I REALLY struggled with his hair. I tried out 3 other colors/patterns before settling on this orange-peachy color. And when I say tried, I mean I cut out the hair and beard, sewed up the beard, pinned it all on his head… then decided I didn’t like it! And his hair style-

I wanted to do something with 2 “braids” but it took a lot of fiddling. Of course that is always the way when figuring out something new.

Merman 2

This merman fellow is more blue-green than his friend yesterday. He has stormy sea green eyes.

More ships and a button that looks like sea glass. A port scene on his back and an embroidered rick rack belt.