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.
More hair styling-
The button looks like sea glass.
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.
I thought he was looking a little too plain so I sewed these antique star beads onto his beard.
He also has a fish bead-
The little fins are the same pattern as his hair but in a different colorway.
Another blue man, this one with an octopus on his chest…. and arms, and back.
That is an antique shell button. My collection of buttons is endless. And a close-up of the embroidery on the rick rack.
Palm trees and mermen go together, right?
More fun with merman hair. The color is dark purple/red with black crosshatching.
Lounging on the sofa-
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.
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!
I am having fun with the merman hair- making exaggerated swoops.
I am having the best time with these colors.
A close-up of his hair-
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.
He has swoosh-y hair and a swoosh-y beard…
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.
He is the last of the mermen for now. I am planning to get them into the etsy shop tomorrow and I will post when I do.
Another man bun-
Manly chest with a Navel battle in progress.
Ships and foliage on his arms.
Chillin’ on the porch with the coleus.
I’m having fun with hair-dos. Man bun:
Variegated thread for my fishbone embroidery, and an antique star button.
He has tropical island tattoos- palm trees and Hula dancing!
The fins are made from a batik-style fabric that has a watery look and seems perfect for a merman.
I picture this merman swimming around in tropical aqua waters. He’d be well camouflaged in that environment.
Octopus, octopodes, octopi, octopuses!
He’s got bling! Really, just a few jewels on his belt.