Thursday, August 4, 2011

Underwater scene 3

Last week was hard for me. I had to deal with a personal problem involving my son. He’s a kind-hearted, gentle-mannered boy. But, the problem is, he has this temper that’s beyond his control; something that he inherited from his father, my ex-husband. It would happen in a split second, causing him to become violent. When everything has cooled down, he would regret it. Since this incident happened in school last week, I had to go and talk to his teacher. Then, there was a trip to the psychologist. This problem has been going on since he was a child. Is there any help for this? I mean, the genetic factor plays a big role in this. I’m trying to make some changes to his life according to the psychologist’s advice. Hope that everything would turn out fine in the future. This incident really drained my energy, soul, everything. Please pray for me.
Continuing From where I left off, I would like to show you the slow progress that I’ve made so far.

This is the second starfish that I had embroidered.

As I was browsing my son’s encyclopedia, I came across an interesting coral. Since it looks like a brain, it’s called a ‘brain coral’. Although it’s round, I’ve changed the shape a bit. As you can see, the pattern curves up and down, left and right, without touching, till the end. In cake decoration, this is called ‘cornelli work’.

As usual, work small stitches on the pattern at the curved points. This is done with one strand of Anchor pearl cotton no:8 thread. Insert 2 strands of thread in these stitches. Work a small part at a time with 2 sets of needle and thread- one for the small stitches, the other to insert the thread.

This is the finished pattern. Next, work buttonhole knots on this pattern.

This is the final result.

To view completed pattern, please click here.


  1. Nice idea for the brain coral.

  2. That is a wonderful brain coral, and I love the starfish. i have some ideas for underwater scenes on my blog if you would like to have a

  3. I feel for you and your son, and hope you can find a solution soon.

  4. The brain coral embroidery is amazing. For your son *please* look into CranioSacral Therapy for him (info & international directory at It is gentle, non-invasive work that can literally take the pressure off of, & help balance, the brain & central nervous system.
    Also, please Google the GAPS diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Doing GAPS is labor intensive, but if you can do it, many cases of not only behavioral problems, but even PPD & autism "actings out" have decreased substantially on the diet. Deep healing & peace to you, your son & your family

  5. Hi Ina, hope you are feeling better, encouraged and more hopeful for better things to come. Even in the midst of pain, you have worked out a beautiful embroidery, the brain coral. Hope to see more wonderful sea creatures and plants in your project. Take care.

  6. Glad to "meet" you! I like the coral and your blog!

  7. Dear skye,
    Thanks for the information.I needed advice like this so badly.If my son can be treated successfully, I'll make it a mission to help other desperate mothers.Thanks again.

  8. Hi iam wrighting from s korea. i feel real thanks for your tutorials so i leave this message. controling emotion is not something impossible and i got amazingly efficient self development program called avatar course, and since then i could finally understand and figure out my hidden thoughts and control it. try free mini couse. my life evolved a lot with this tool. hope your family find this life full of joy and peace. gib sil