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Mermaid

Release date: September, 1995

Stitch count: 221H x 157W
Model stitched on: 28 count platinum Cashel linen from Zweigart®
Model size: 15.875" x 11.75"

Chart: computer generated
Leaflet: not available
Kit: not available
Downloadable Chart: available

Design is available ONLY via PatternsOnLine.com.

©Leisure Arts, Inc. P.O. Box 55595, Little Rock, AR 72215


Description: A melancholy Pre-Raphaelite-style mermaid reclines upon a rocky, wave-battered outcropping. The wind tangles her long auburn tresses, and a stormy dawn sky casts an eerie glow over this fantasy scene. A shell-and-wave motif border finishes the design.

Background Information: I'd thought about how I would design a mermaid for years before I attempted it. The inspiration for this piece came from sources too numerous to list, but the main influence was the work of the artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood: especially Rosetti and Waterhouse. The dream-like quality of the piece was achieved by striving for realism, yet placing within that "realistic" setting a totally imaginary being, herself rendered as realistically as possible. I think the phrase is "...the momentary suspension of disbelief".


Stitching Comments: This piece is fairly complex because of the many blended floss colors, and the over-one section. This portion of the design (over-one) should be stitched after all the over-two stitching has been completed to insure correct placement. Although the chart is computer generated, the symbols for the over-one section are quite small, and the chart is a pull-out that is folded twice.

Specialty Stitches: None

Important Tips: Charting Technique, Organizing Floss

Mermaid Floss List


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