DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Maribel the Mermaid

Hi everyone!

I have another quick and easy embroidery project for you!

IMG_8955  Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Fabric (I used muslin)

IMG_8957DMC Floss Colors:

  • 743 – yellow
  • 995 – dark blue
  • 996 – medium blue
  • 3706 – coral
  • 3770 – very light peach

Not pictured:

  • 747 – light blue
  • 840 – light brown
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the mermaid design we’ll be using for our project.

IMG_8962As usual, we will print out and trace our motif with a Sharpie.

I chose to leave out the blushing cheeks.  If you want to add them, feel free to do so!

IMG_8960Trace Maribel onto your fabric.  Then, hoop your fabric.

IMG_8965Use the Stem/Outline Stitch for her hair.

IMG_8968I’ve been talking out practicing the Stem Stitch for a while now.  I am finally getting around to it!

IMG_8971Use the Back Stitch for Maribel’s body.

You can use whatever color thread you’d like for your mermaid’s hair and skin.  I chose blonde hair and fair skin for Maribel, because that’s what the book shows and it’s what I have.

IMG_8974Continue using the Back Stitch but switch to the dark blue thread for the outline of her tail.

IMG_8978Continue with the Back Stitch but switch to the medium blue for her tail scales.

Use the coral thread and the Satin Stitch for Maribel’s mouth.

IMG_8986I spent at least 10 minutes deciding on Maribel’s eye color.  I wasn’t satisfied with any of my options!

I finally settled on the light brown.

Use the Back Stitch for this portion as well.

IMG_8991Finally, use the light blue thread and the Back Stitch for the bubbles.

IMG_9004Now our mermaid is complete!

Isn’t she pretty?!

Happy Crafting!!

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Nail of the Day!

Hi all!

So I tried that nail polish technique I talked about in my last post again and it turned out pretty good this time!! Yay!!

Photo courtesy of Julep.com
Photo courtesy of Julep.com

This is what I was trying to do!  Looks pretty easy right?! Let me tell you, it definitely was not!

To create the mermaid nail look, I used Tania and Soraphine from my March Julep Maven Box.

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I applied three coats of Soraphine to each of my fingers before I applied Tania.  Next time, I think I’m going to try four coats and see if that makes the white any more opaque.

The hardest part of creating the mermaid look was applying the perfect amount of glitter polish to my fingernails.  Oftentimes, I ended up putting on WAYYY too much!

I recommend wiping almost all the glitter nail polish off of the brush before attempting to apply it.  You’ll know when you have the perfect amount of polish on your brush because it will look like there is nothing left on it!

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Here’s a picture of my right hand!  I think it looks a lot better than my left hand, which is odd, because I’m right handed and it would make more sense for my left hand to look better.

I will say that my fingernails look much better in person than they do in that picture.

Here is another technique I want to try!

Photo courtesy of Julep.com
Photo courtesy of Julep.com

This technique features Soraphine again as well as Myriam!  I’m not sure how to achieve those skinny lines! It’s something I’ll definitely have to experiment with!

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