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Something’s Fishy
April 6, 2010, 11:35 am
Filed under: Fishbowl

I thought why hide your favorite jewelry in a box when you can wear it and display it! To accomplish this, I incorporate pins into my needlework designs & have named them, “Pinsations”. The pin is added to the piece so that the pin can be removed, worn, & replaced. And, without the pin, it still looks like a finished needlepoint piece. 

In this piece, the frog pin is one I’ve had since I was a child & the legs move.  It’s not a large piece, about 6″x6″, & sits in a holder just like a fishbowl. I had to keep this piece – I just love it.

I used a variety of threads including DMC floss, DMC Cotton Perle #5, Kreinik, & Snow. I can’t find a list of stitches used although I recognize a darning pattern for the little fish on the top (in the air). The plant life looks like whipped running stitch & featherstitch. The water looks like whipped running with DMC Cotton Perle white as the base stitch placed horizontally but shifting row by row always one thread to the right to create the slope for movement & Snow whipped through it to get the shimmer effect.

As with the crosses, this was made on 14 count vinyl canvas. The canvas is available from www.crafterspride.com (under Fabrics). I cut an identically shaped 2nd piece, stitched my name & date on it, placed poster board placed between the 2 pieces to be rigid enough to stand without framing, and tacked them together, with small stitches along all sides using a vinyl thread.

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Melita, You are so clever. Love the Fish Pattern at the top of the Bowl. The Frog Pin is right at home. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Robin King

Thanks Robin, the fish at the top really worked out well. I love when a piece just comes together – it’s such a special feeling.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

That’s a great idea – getting double the fun from your jewellery!

Comment by Rachel

Nice job. I’m going to try this myself sometime.

Comment by facts

Thanks, I want to do another one as well. I have several fish pins & a turtle pin. Actually, I probably have more pins than time.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

This looks so good. You have done a great job with it.

Pierrette =^..^=

Comment by Pierrette =^..^=

This is adorable!! Where can I find the pattern? I thought I would frame it for my grandaughters room.

Comment by Roxana

Thanks Roxana. I designed it myself & really don’t have a “pattern”. I can’t recall how many notes I kept on this project but will look. Basically, I get a general idea, lay out some of the design, pick colors, & start stitching adjusting as needed.

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