One day I was thinking about how a mermaid doll would make a great key holder - as you do (What you've never found yourself thinking about hanging keys off a mermaid's tail? Must be just me then.) I wanted to make a mermaid because her tail would be just so perfectly practical for hanging keys. But so many talented doll makers have already made mermaid dolls and I didn't want to make another beautiful seaweed shrouded, shell-encrusted type mermaid. Been there, done that, made the pattern.
Then I started thinking of fish. I started to think about deep sea fish. You know, the ones that live really deep and are dark and a bit scary and often come equipped with big teeth, spikes, on-board lighting and evil intent (like the deep sea fish in Finding Nemo). There must be mermaids that live in the dark depths right?
I began to imagine a mermaid that was mysterious and a bit dark, but still beautiful with a touch of that evil intent.
And I managed to do something that I thought I couldn't, I made a cloth doll that is dark and a bit Goth. Definitely different from the other mermaids out there.
And in the spirit of trying new things, I decided to offer this doll as an e-pattern for a reduced $10 US (via my Etsy shop and Doll Street) as well as on CD at my regular paper pattern price of $12 US (via my suppliers).
Do you dare to go deep?
Check out the Fathoms: A Deep Sea Mermaid pattern and all the techniques you'll learn in this new pattern by clicking on the link.