|"Sparkles under the Sea," designed and stitched by Erin Turowski|
This piece is actually quite small and detailed, measuring about 3" x 4" framed. Here it is next to a credit-card-sized card for comparison:
|"Sparkles under the Sea" is about the size of a credit card.|
This piece consists entirely of specialty stitches and embroidery (no true cross stitches). The following pictures are close-ups of each area and descriptions of the stitches used to create each piece of sea life.
All of the sea creatures are stitched with two strands of cotton embroidery floss and one strand of Kreinik blending filament in Pearl.
|"Sparkles under the Sea" - Seaweed, angelfish, and ocean background|
The angelfish is a series of satin stitches in black and white, with a French knot for the eye.
The water in the background is a slanted straight stitch, in progressively darker shades of teal as the water gets deeper.
|A school of white fish and detail of the coral stitch used for the waves|
The waves at the top are a specialty stitch called a coral stitch in pale blue, which produces a lovely scrolling effect.
|Sand, a pink and white scallop shell, and two purple sea anemones|
The scallop shell (left) is stitched in coral and white in a simple straight stitch pattern.
The bodies of the two sea anemones (right) are straight-stitched in purple, and their tentacles are a short turkey work stitch (kind of like a fringe, but with loops instead of loose threads).
|Treasure chest and starfish|
The treasure chest is straight-stitched in dark brown with two rows of gold chain stitching.
And, finally, the starfish is stitched in rows of straight stitches radiating outward from a body consisting of five French knots, all stitched in orange and white.
The frame was a Goodwill find that set me back about fifty cents. :)
I am really happy with how this piece turned out! It was a lot of intricate stitching, but I really enjoyed creating it. I hope you all like the final product - maybe the specialty stitches will inspire you to create some wonderful under-the-sea embroidery, too!