Thursday, 15 November 2012

Amy's Bewitching Mermaid Mirror

It was hard to see from the initial images we posted of this mirror just how extraordinary it is - in every respect. First of all one has to remark that the object, concept and design are totally at one which is one of the reasons why it was given first place by the judges. Another reason is that the design is humourous and self-referencing with a mirror and image worked on a mirror - and its fish shape with fish tail covered by glinting scales. A pair of silver scissors is hidden in the base of the tail.
While this design recalls work on 17th Stuart panels, it is innovative in its execution and use of materials.
The choice of colours and shading is perfect and here you can see just how much fine and detailed work is going on.

Here perhaps you can see the glint of that precisely laid metallic mesh. To appreciate the dedication of work in this piece you have to look close at the image below to see that the linen has been given an extra weft of shaded blue thread in the background to the coiled dolphin and other mermaids on the mirror side of the piece. I would love to show you more, but I know that Amy is planning a special class to teach the making of this mirror. Anyone joining the class will create an object the like of which people like me can only dream about!
Below you can see the accessories to the mirror.


  1. It truly is superb! Such beautiful even stitching!

  2. This is so incredible! I just love all of it so much. I hope she offers a class in this, but it may be beyond my talents!

  3. Thank you so much for the close-ups and focus on all the amazing mirror projects. I've loved everyone and can only envy the talent of the people who made them.

  4. I agree, I'm really enjoying learning more about each of these wonderful projects, and admiring all their considerable skills.

  5. I've already signed up for this class with Amy and I don't even know how much it is. For those that are worried, I can say that you will always learn new techniques with Amy and her explanations and photo step by step guides will mean that it is all very do-able.

  6. Beautiful piece of needlework!