I finished the "easy" side of the mermaid shell. Yeah! I think it looks good. It was a lot of work.
Then I wanted to try a new part, the snail shell. It is stitched using the Ceylon stitch. So I did a few practice runs and wasted a whole strand of silk pearl cotton. Then I tried the actual shell. I keep losing a stitch. But I have worked a good amount. This will be wound around to become the snail shell on one side of the tape measure. It isn't perfect and I am tempted to start over. But maybe it is good enough?
I also went back to the hard side of the mermaid shell. I am working it in the recommended way (so far). I'm putting in all the off white stitches then I will go back and fill in. This really is the fastest way to do the shell. I am kind of sick of working with the same color. But I do see some progress so that is good. I think I will really be glad to have this part all done.
As a break from this whole mermaid thing, I started working on the Just Nan Humbug.
It is nice to have something easy at hand.