Saturday, December 3, 2011

Gone fishin!

Today started out inauspiciously at the shop.  I walked in the door, hit the light switches and immediately noticed a rolling black-out.  I don't understand how it works, but if the electric power isn't "full strength",  the light fixtures take turns being on.  And the air conditioner keeps trying to come on (nice way to burn one out!).  After turning everything off, I grabbed my cell phone (the shop phones don't work when the electricity is off) and called the town electric's emergency number.  Thank goodness Vero is a small town and it took less than 2 hours for the problem to be fixed.  Not quite long enough for the shop refrigerator to defrost, I'm sorry to say, since I've been procrastinating about tackling that little chore. 

But this blog is about needlepoint.  This is a fish purse canvas designed by Joanie Sherman.  It was fun to stitch.

Here you can see that I used the mosaic stitch for the teal stripes and the yellow areas of the tail.  I also did yellow smyrna crosses.  The red circles are Kreinik metallic.  The remainder of this view is done in basketweave or continental stitch in perle cotton.

The nose is done in the Victorian step stitch.  The fin which was on a separate piece of canvas was stitched in the mosaic stitch.

This is the finished purse--it was finished with a teal ultrasuede hard gusset and back.  The perle cotton shoulder strap was a mix of pink and teal.

You can see that the fin was lined and then attached to the purse.  It's enjoyable to carry since everyone notices it.  Thanks, Joanie.

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