Sewing the fishies was a dilemma. As I mentioned yesterday, I had to overlap the fish slightly at their heads and tails to get them to sew up flat with no buckling. [Note: this is likely my fault, rather than the pattern's, as I didn't follow the pattern exactly.]
I wanted the seaming to be invisible, so I decided to sew with a needle and thread instead of yarn, because it would be easier to create an invisible stitch with thread, especially where the fish overlapped. For the overlapped parts, I used a basic running stitch. For the non-overlapped parts, the parts that lay neatly next to each other, I used a horizontal made-up stitch:
At that point, Americ*n Id*l was on three nights a week, so I managed to watch enough TV to sew up two rows of fish.
Then I tried sewing the two rows up, only to experience horror. Oh, the buckling! The buckling! As I mentioned yesterday, the two rows did not line up anything close to well enough. I realized some sort of buffer would be necessary and I started crocheting.
Sorry, Blogger is having photo issues this afternoon and refuses to load this picture right-side-up
I was going to put a crocheted border on each side of each row of fish, hence creating an approx. 2" wide buffer zone between rows. But as I went to sew up my two crocheted borders last night, I realized that the second row of fish was upside down. I had crocheted the wrong side of the fish. Well, not really wrong (I'd have to crochet that side eventually, anyway), but wrong if I wanted to sew last night.
And I did want to sew last night, and Dinah wanted to help:
See the disdain in her eyes?
So I decided to give it a go with only one crocheted border between the rows. I haven't gotten far (Americ*n Id*l was only a half-hour long last night) but so far I think it just might work.