Here it is, all done! The color is more accurate on the first picture. The fin is brick stitch, attached to about 1/3 of its length, then it comes off the face of the beadwork and gives it some dimensionality. I’m satisfied, even with its flaws. I did improve on this technique and blending as I progressed. And I’m slow on the uptake — I was trying to remember who I’ve seen do this kind of bead embroidery, with much more expertise. Rebecca Brown, with the fur on her lemur in “Just hanging around.”
This went over well. The recipient of this quilt weaves, quilts, embroiders, and knits, so appreciates handwork of all sorts. She’s also the kind of person I want to emulate, learning and creating and physically active — and 80.
If you’re like me, seeing the back can be interesting too: