Here is the block I embellished for Beryl in the Under the Sea DYB Round Robin we are in together at CQI. I love the underwater theme so had a lot of fun with this block.
One of the first things I did was to build this crab from silk ribbon and silk buttonhole thread and gave him funny little pearl eyes. I added a few backstitch spider web stitches - not sure what they are signifying but they look like they would grow in the ocean! lol
I had this lovely varigated ribbgon with the gold edge and thought it would make great seaweed twisted and couched down loosely. There are three fish charms hiding amongst this growth.
I couldn`t resist adding one of Nicki Lee`s pieces of hand dyed lace, in this case a lovely yellow/green starfish. There is a piece of tatting just above that and between the crab and the starfish there are pieces of netting made with Detached Buttonhole Stitch and Netting Stitch. I added several larger beads that reminded me of the old glass fishing floats.
I used some novelty yarn in blue/purple blend and couched it down to make some more seaweed. If you look carefully you can see a purple glass fish bead hiding there. I built some more seaweed with Feather Stitch, String of Pearls Stitch, and Maidenhair Stitch.
I loved working on this block and I hope Beryl will like it.