I made some more fish.
I made three bodies and then embroidered the eyes and fins.
I’m still having trouble with the stabilizer scrunching up as I sew but it’s a little better after putting it in the freezer for a while before I start embroidering on it.
When I started to sew on the fins , I realized that I had forgotten to embroider the dorsal fins. I also didn’t like one of set of eyes, so I decided to redo it in a different colour.
The tail fin of the green and purple fish was a little floppy so I coated both sides with Acrylic Matte Medium. When I finished the fish I hung them outside to photograph.
I have made two more fabric fish. Choosing fabric was easy for the fish I did last week. It’s relatively easy to match black and white patterned material. It’s a little harder when you move into colour. In going through my stash to find and match the right fabric, I realized that I could organize my fabrics a little better. Right now I have one translucent plastic bin for plain coloured cotton and 4 of patterned cotton. All the black and white fabric is in the same bin but that’s the extent of the organization. One of these days I must figure out a better system and then reorganize.
So, after hours of sorting through the bins and auditioning different fabrics, I found 2 sets that would work. Choosing the thread for the fins didn’t take as long. I decided on a bright pink for one set and, of course, I had a darker pink and a lighter pink but not the shade I wanted. So I embroidered the fins with the darker shade and then changed the bobbin and top thread to the lighter shade and embroidered over the first colour, leaving a lot of it to show through. The overall effect is now the right shade.
After washing out the stabilizer and setting the fins aside to dry I was all set to sew them onto the fish body. I couldn’t find one of the pectoral fins. So back to the sewing machine to redo the missing fin. Usually when this happens I find the lost piece as soon as I finish the replacement but not this time.
The second fish went a little easier.
This piece was inspired by my March trip to the Biodome in Montreal. There were fish in 2 of the ecosystems, but the ones in the Gulf of St Lawrence held our attention for the longest time.
I eventually want to do a fish with an embroidered body, but for now I thought I’d do a few in fabric with free motion embroidered fins.
So far I’ve only done this one in black and white with red fins.