The next step after getting started is to assemble my mermaid! The arms and body have been stuffed. I know miscellaneous body parts stacked up together looks a bit weird, but it is all part of the process. As is stitching closed the opening I used to get all that stuffing in there. You want this doll to be rather firm. It is rather impressive how much stuffing you can get into those slender arms!
As you can see there is a skewer stick out of the mermaid’s neck. Amy suggests doing that to offer some support for the neck and head. Otherwise once the hair gets stitched on, I doubt that skinny neck could support all that weight on its own.With the tail now also stuffed, it is time to fit the pieces together. At this point the body and tail will be sewn together. You can play around this the angle a bit. I have also pinned the arms to get a feel for the doll. The arms will only get stitched on later on after some embellishment.
Using a ladder stitch (which Amy explains and illustrates in the pattern) and Gutermann Hand Quilting Thread, the body and the tail are secured together. I did my best to line up the seams on both sides!
Once I started sculpting and drawing the face I got too focused to stop and take photos till I was done. Oops! Here is the result. As previously mentioned, I added a few stitch at the mouth/lips to make sure it stayed close!
She might not win a beauty contest (due to asymmetry) but that is the nature are art dolls. I do find she looks better with her hair. And for the moment her hair is just pinned to the top of her head. Her hair style may change a bit more later on. Stay tuned for her make over!
The Next steps in the Mermaid Project: