Apparently I’m easily distracted by shiny things because when I saw some satin embroidery floss at the craft store, I decided I needed to make something with it. I have to admit, the satin floss wasn’t the easiest to work with, but I pushed through. At least it wasn’t metallic. That stuff is the worst! Anyway, I ended up making this pretty mermaid tail embroidery hoop. If you are a beginner, I recommend using just regular old floss, but if you’ve got some experience under your belt, go for the satin! So shiny!
To make this mermaid embroidery hoop, you’ll need:
- mermaid embroidery pattern
- 7 inch embroidery hoop
- white linen fabric
- embroidery floss – DMC S943, S702, S959, S552, and S995
- felt to back the hoop (optional)
- dressmaker’s carbon paper to transfer the design (optional)
I was really excited to stitch the mermaid tail, although I wasn’t quite sure how to make the scales. I ended up doing a loose, fly stitch with no “tail.” It gets a little tricky when you get to the edges and have to do kind of a half fly stitch. For those, I just brought my needle down, close to the bottom of the “U” and did my best to make it work. I was thinking that some color changing floss would look really pretty here too, so that’s an option for you.
I did a few rows of each color. You could get really creative and try to alternate colors between scales.
I played around with lots of different ideas for the words, but finally settled on, “Seashells and Mermaid Tails.” The letters are pretty small, so I just used two strands of floss and a really small back stitch.
Isn’t it fun?! It’s bringing back some great memories of playing mermaids with my sisters when we were little. My girls love it!