Mrs Mer Joins in the Adventures, Gaming (& Felting) Convention!
It has been a longer break than usual between posts but it’s also been a busy time. I am partway through writing about the carp fair (yes, I will tell you if you can felt with gloves on shortly but not today.) Today I want to tell you of the continuing adventures of the Mer’s.
Was it just a week ago that Mr. and Mrs. Mer and I followed Glenn off to the Kanata Games (and Felting) Convention? I have gone before and happily, spent the weekend felting, listening to my audiobook and watching the convention goers gaming. After a 2-year break, they were finally getting back to the fall tradition.
While Glenn wandered off to play train games (the older trains rust out part way through the game and there is a lot of math, doesn’t really sound fun to me.) the Mer’s and I settled into an empty table in the corner with a view of most of the gaming.
We are a little out of sequence since I had been working on Mrs. Mer at the Carp fair (which you haven’t seen yet!) I had built up her fishy parts to the point I was ready to add the wires for the fins.
1-Mrs. Mer, lying on a felting pad, with fin wires for lower fins added to her fish body, the needle is adding wool to the lower abdomen of the fish section.
2- Close up of fish part of Mrs. Mer, adding folded wire that will be anal fin, the other fin wires are in place for lower fins and are wrapped in wool.
3-Mrs. Mer viewed from the back showing understructure of wool and adding the back fin wires. She is lying on a wool pad on top of a handwoven cotton blanket of various colours of blue and bits of purple.
Since we cot Mr. Mer flirting again at the fair I was determined to get Mrs. Mer closer to completion over the convention weekend.
4-Mr Mer, as his arms resting over the handle of my willow basket, is showing off his chest and smiling.
One of the tables designated for overflow games was suggested as a good spot so I was out of the way and it was large enough to work comfortably.
5-Table at the back of the gaming convention, gaming going on at tables in the background, Mrs. Mer lies on the table showing her back. She has her fin wires wrapped in wool and has a felting needle stuck in her sacrum.
I finished wrapping the last of the fin wires and was ready to start sculpting more detail into the fish bits and then add the actual fins. I still have work to do on her human parts but am focusing on her fishy bits at the moment.
I am interested in the intersection between human and fish again, this time playing with the echoes of lines that would have been gills.
6- Close up of Mrs, Mer’s gluteal muscles and the transition to fish, 2 ridges are developing reminiscent of gills.
As I thought about the transition, I decided to move to the tail for a bit as I considered her options.
7- Mrs. Mer on a wool pad on the table. Showing the tail fin being built up with white wool over the Alpaca underlayer.
8- Showing Mrs. Mer on the pad on the table, with very thin felt being built up between the upper and lower tail wire, there is gaming going on in the background.
9- Mrs. Mer, lying on a felt pad on the table, with the clutter of mini Chocolate bars, Ice crackers, glasses and extra needles spread around her. I am adding more fibre to expand the thin felted tail fin.
I added a lateral line on both her fishiness as well as her hips sort of where her IT band should be.
10- It band integrated with the Dorsal line on the fish body anal fin over a felt pad with a felting needle adding a thin wisp of fibre to the wire fin armature. Glasses and tiny pliers and cutters are lying on the felting mat.
11- Close up of anal fin and tale (Caudal) fin both with very thin wisps of felt for the fins. They are lying on the felt pad with a needle sticking out of it.
12 – Starting the Ventral fin one on each side of the lower body of Mrs. Mer’s fishy body
13- Mrs. Mer is lying on her side on the table with her Ventral fin on the felting pad with a needle stuck in it. There is a bottle of mountain due (pop with a lot of caffeine), reference photos and my audiobook player also sitting beside the pad.
14- Mrs. Mer is now leaning on her elbows on the felting pad. I have all the lower fins added as well as the tail, I have started to add a bit of light skin tone to her lower back and glutes.
The gaming will go on until 11 pm on Friday night, there are still quite a few people that I can see and more in the other half of the hall. Since I have a bit more time I started the Dorsal fin.
15- Mrs. Mer Lies on the table with her Dorsal fin spread out across the felt mat. There are wisps of wool being added to the space between the spines.
16- Mrs. Mer props herself up on the table with a bottle of the mountain due behind her.
It is the end of day 1 at the Friday gaming and felting convention and time to send Mrs. Mer back to her project bag,
Day 2 (Saturday) unfortunately I had a previous shopping commitment when I learned about the gaming and felting convention planned for Saturday morning. Therefore, the Mer’s and I jumped in the car very early and headed north not just out of town but also out of province to Wakefield Quebec. They were having a wool day at the market.
17- Photo of the community center and the corner of some of the Market stalls with white tents.
We arrived in time as they were still setting up some of the booths.
18 -bin of wool and 5 small bags of tiny locks sitting on the small chest freezer, more of the market in the background
19- Feme sol Fiber yarn and batting for sail in pretty baskets.
I found Femme Sol and sorted through some of their fibre, selecting bags with small curls in white and dark brown. The next booth over was Rocks end farm with Icelandic sheepskins and yarn but no fibre this time.
20- Rocks end farms yarn displayed on a table with driftwood support
I also spotted some colourful wool mitts, shooting mitts (have a finger for the trigger), fingerless mitts and toques.
21- table covered in boutique cloth with colourful mittens on top
22- 2 ladies looking at mitts one lady selling the mitts
Ginger had asked about Mr. Mer so I went back to the car to let them visit.
23- Mr. Mer and Ginger Chatting.
24- Mrs. Mer interrupts Mr. Mer’s Flirting.
There was a dyer of yarn there, Riverside Studio, who had a great selection of hand died yarn.
25- Grid racks of hand-dyed yarn, a woman with a large pink handbag admires yarn
I admired the last of the fall flowers in front of the Wakefield community center before heading back to Ottawa.
26- Ornamental grass and brown-eyed-Susan flowers with dark rose colours flower I don’t recognize and general greenery behind.
The trees are just starting to turn colour at the higher elevation around Wakefield.
27- fall colour along the highway is green, orange, red and yellow leaves on trees.
Did I mention the main highway in Ottawa is getting one of its overpasses replaced this weekend….. that would explain the odd extra traffic. I eventually made it back into Ottawa and then west to Kanata where the convention was underway.
Mr. Mer was very attentive to his wife. It may be she was annoyed with his flirting of earlier this morning.
28- Mrs. Mer on a felt pad on the table with Mr. Mer leaning over the back of the walker supervising her felting. In the background, gaming is going on.
Today’s focus is to firm up the fins I laid in yesterday.
29- his wife as she lays on the table with her Pectoral fin about to be worked on with the fake clover tool.
Glenn borrowed the camera so I have a picture of myself felting.
30- Jan using fake clover tool on pectoral fin, with Mr. Mer watching over his wife.
Many hours pass…
31- Mrs. Mer balancing on 2 mountain due bottles on the table, gaming happening in the background.
32- Mrs. Mer tries to go for a swim but it is now time to go home. Glenn had fun and so did i.
As Mr. and Mrs. Mer head home they share a project bag.
33- Mr.and Mrs. Mer share a project bag as they prepare to head home. Glenn sits behind the table ready to carry everything to the car.
Well, that was a good weekend of felting and shopping! I hope you are enjoying your fall, and that winter doesn’t arrive too soon.
16 thoughts on “Mrs Mer Joins in the Adventures, Gaming (& Felting) Convention!”
Mrs Mer is developing into a beauty!
Because you showed us photographic evidence of Mr Mer’s flirtatious behaviour, I can just imagine the conversation between Mr & Mrs as they share the project bag home.
What a good weekend – shopping and felting – perfect! Thank you for sharing it with us.
thankyou! Yes i think Mrs Mer will be stunning too, and will keep Mer Mer’s eyes from wondering. looking back at the photos i think she was not amused. they must be resolving there diferences since i keep finding them cuddleing in the project bag. (i think they are forgetting the bag is clear!)
it was a great weekend with good shopping and lots of felting. i finished an entier audio book too! (vampier romance)
i hope you will enjoy there contiuing adventures.
I think all 4 of you had a good weekend of gaming, felting & ‘flirting’, with Mrs Mer being treated to some wonderful salon fin grooming – very feminine & flowing as a result….enough to turn Mr Mer’s head back for sure!
Thanks Antje, Yes i think the thin felted fins are working, i keep finding them cuddleing in their project bag. they seem to forget its clear on both sides! Nothing x rated yet!
i am looking forword to seeing what they get up to next!
(the gameing convention is realy mostly gameing, so far i am the only attendent for the felting component. i seem to amuse them so have been adopted by the group as harmless but strange.)
Mr Mer looks very knowing showing himself off in your basket and in picture 28 Mrs Mer is looking really fed up with Mr Mer after his flirting with Ginger!
Did you tell us what kind of fish Mrs Mer’s fishy half is – she is definitely going to be a beauty – the Mers will make a lovely pair. I hope that once she is finished he will stop his flirting and only have eyes for her.
Yes Mr Mer’s Flertashus behaveure has stopped now that Mrs Mer has her fish shape and fins! (Poor Ginger may be devistated!)
Mr. Mer as you saw from the reference photos is based on a northern Pike and will need more yellow speckeling along his fishybits.
Mrs. Mer if you very closely you may notice her reffence photos are of a Butterfly Koi, which is a Koi with a genetic mutation for extreem fin groth. Koi are part of the Carp family of fish. the body shape will be quite diferent (shapely) when compaired to the sleek pike.
Judging from finding them in the project bag i suspect he will only have eyes for her!
I absolutely love following the development and adventures of Mr. Mer and now Mrs. Mer too. They are fantastic!
Thankyou! i suspect there are more adventures ahead! i hope you will enjoy them too!
I was inspiered by Sara’s felt along on you tube, i kind of went off in a difernt direction and am no where near as fast a felter as she is. look up “mermaid felt along” on youtube and see if it would be of interest. Mybe you would enjoy making your own Mermade family? Have fun and keep felting!
I think Mr Mer’s flirtatious behaviour was brought about by the gorgeous Mrs Mer upstaging him at the convention Jan. Good on her! Her fins are works of art. I do feel that you will shortly need to sit them both down and give them a lecture on their behaviour in public.
The goodies at the wool fair were beautiful. The mitts are gorgeous and the colours of the hand dyed wool are to die for.
You were busy! I so want to see the finished Mrs Mer now 🙂
(Btw, it seems to be like you’re using the photo caption as Alt Tags – instead, transfer the description you currently have to the Alt Tag section and you’re golden, they’ll describe without showing up. Apologies if this is on purpose!)
She is coming along wonderfully. Her fins are amazing in person. I think Mr. Mer is very lucky she has forgiven him so quickly.
thanks Ann, there were needles in the felting mat so she may have had a “pointed discuttion” with him. i did not see any fishyblood on the wool or in the bag so she may have only mentioned she knew where the needles were. they do seem to be getting along well at the moment!!
Thank you Jan. I feel so invested in this couple’s welfare now that it always fun to catch up on there adventures.
i hope they will have more adventures and you get to see the whole family together hopefuly befor xmass. (maybe this years xmass?) thanks for reading and cheering them on!
thanks!Leonor, the x and sail for the guild is comeing up quickly and time seems to pass faster so i may have to get back to work on her there as a demo?
i did my best with the tags for alt but i gave up at 2am and declared myself done. i am a picture based person but, i can imagin a text based person and have tryed to discribed previous pictures. this time i went all out with discriptions. i am not sure if it helped, i may need feedbback from text based people. i am not sure what text to speach software will make of sivear dislexia so am a bit worryed about that. ( i realy dont want to brake anyones computers!)
Mrs. Mer is looking lovely and I am looking forward to seeing the whole fishie family 😆