Commuting Crochet: From Mermaids Tears to Ming the Merciless

My first commuting crochet project this year is the ‘Mermaid Tears’ purse pattern which I found on the fabulous ‘Crochet Crowd’ YouTube channel, I have Mikey to thank for teaching me how to crochet (plus ‘Beth in Texas’ who also does excellent tutorials) and I would urge anyone who wants to learn to crochet or pick up new techniques to watch his videos:

I attempted to learn the stitch last year but I just couldn’t get the hang of it but as I’ve got a bit more experience and confidence doing crochet now I thought I’d give it another shot. So glad I did as I’m really pleased with how this is coming on – it’s quite an intense stitch and isn’t the fastest to work but the effect is amazing:

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Here’s where I’m up to now:

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I like how the ‘tears’ sit and thought they looked almost like feathers which got me thinking about using different colour combinations in the work. I’d love to make a scarf using this stitch and maybe do a couple of rows to add to the neckline of a jumper, and after seeing Brian Blessed in ‘Flash Gordon’ at the weekend I could see the stitch being used to create sleeves on a top or perhaps I could make a massive bird winged cape! :

Image of Brian Blessed courtesy of: hardtickettohomevideo on WordPress

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I love this film – we were taken to the pictures to see it when it first came out and my brother and I used to put the Queen soundtrack on and act out the film at home! When I watch it now, I enjoy the costumes and Art Deco inspired set more than anything – what torments me still is the final scene where the ring once worn by Ming the Merciless is shown on the floor with the wind blowing the dust from the ruined city against it, then a black gloved hand picks up the ring – the same gloves worn by Ming himself – and the words ‘The End’ appear followed by an enticing question mark…to my 8 year old self this held the promise of a sequel to the film, 30 years later I’m still waiting and hoping…

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Beardsley Embroidery

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I picked this up again tonight for the first time in ages, I spent about an hour working in French Knot corner and considering how this was the section I was least looking forward to I’ve really enjoyed stitching it. I love the texture the knots have given to the piece and now it’s nearly finished my thoughts are turning to my 2nd dreaded section – the hair of Iokanaan…
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The Girl with the Dragon Sarong

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About 10 years ago, one of my friends travelled to Thailand and bought me back this beautiful dragon batik sarong. As I live and take most of my holidays in Scotland there hasn’t really been much opportunity to wear it so it’s been buried in one of my fabric boxes till I decided what to do with it.
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I started to experiment with free motion embroidery last year and it’s a skill I’d really like to develop so I decided to use the sarong as a base for my next project.
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Got the layers tacked together while watching ‘Sherlock’ on Sunday night (how cruel to only give us 3 episodes in the series!) then I did the first bit of stitching tonight waiting for my jacket spud to cook:
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I’m starting with the main outline of the body using a gold metallic thread, the backing fabric is black satin so I’m hoping to recreate the dragon on the reverse side as well. I find the first few stitches on a new embroidery quite nerve racking and I didn’t get into a proper rhythm with the machine tonight so I think a good session is in order at the weekend to get my quilting mojo flowing!

Aubrey Beardsley Embroidery Update – 2

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I’m starting 2014 like many other bloggers by making a pledge to update my page more! I’ve just got myself a fancy new smartphone which is a lovely piece of tech so hopefully this will help my resolution!I must also say thanks for the comments that were left on the blog in 2013, it’s much appreciated 😊 I think this was the stage I was up to the last time I put an update on the progress of this embroidery, I’m glad to say that it’s moved a few steps closer to being finished but there’s still a way to go!

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Hooray! The tissue paper is gone! The final part of outlining the circles in the top left was greatly aided by the purchase of this hands free magnifier from my favourite supermarket Lidl for a measly £6.00 – what a store! I could write a whole separate post on my love for Lidl merchandise…anyway here’s where I’m up to now:

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The French Knots haven’t taken as long as I thought they would so I’ve filled quite a lot in a short space of time. I pulled out the A3 print I have of the original artwork and there are a lot more smaller details that I hadn’t noticed when I viewed it online so there’s more to do than I thought.

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I love working on this though, it’s the first time I’ve used an embroidery frame and it makes me feel like a Medieval Maiden:

I would love a dress like this! I’ll be keeping my eye out for some blue velvet now… thankfully I don’t share the sentiments of the subject Mariana:

http://preraphaelitesisterhood.com/to-live-forgotten-and-die-forlorn/

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/millais-mariana-t07553

I’m hoping to get some more done this week so there should be update 3 coming soon!