The mermaid herself is beginning to take shape, with the needlelace body and tail sections done and stitched to the background material and padding.
On the sampler, I've finished the pansies and white flower and started on the more geometric motifs that appear at the bottom of the piece. I made a change in the color of the pansies, which I did in blues, since blue is my favorite color. . . and the yellow and tan colors of the original aren't. I'm pleased with the change and think it works well with the piece overall.
Today's problem -- the next step on the mermaid is a scary one. . . doing the top layer of her body and face. As a counted thread stitcher at heart, I always DREAD situations requiring freer surface embroidery. I want my little mermaid to be pretty and fetching. . . and not looking like a drawing done by a toddler. So. . . fingers crossed.. . . it's on to mermaid finishing.