I just submitted my entry form and photo to The San Francisco School of Needlework!
Mermaid and Her Jewels
Back in September the school opened their Home Challenge, Jewels of the Sea, and they would select people to receive a package of Swarovski crystals to use .... every one of the crystals sent had to be used. You could also add any other items to complete the piece. I thought and thought and over thought until finally today I sat at my table and voila! finished. The deadline to send or email entry is January 18th...so I was cutting it close. I used a piece of batik for the back round.
Her tail fin is a piece of tatting and sheer ribbon for the seaweed. She is a "paper doll" appliqued on with sheer ribbon for the body and the 2 heart shaped crystals. I used tatting for her waist band.
I had some clam shells so I used them to hold some jewels and some pearls from my beading cupboard. I thought about a sea chest, but this appealed to me more.
Now I know these creatures do not really look like the real thing, but this is my octopus... and the other creatures are my turtles... remember I worked with what they sent.