More on the vessel

Trial Placements
Trial Placements

I had a momentary wobble as I continued on with the vessel, and cut out a circle about the size of the roundel I intend to use in order to check on the possible placement. I’m now reassured that I will get the sort of effect I want. And now I also know that the stern of the vessel will be “out of shot”, as it were, so I don’t want to spend time on it.

Starting Wheelhouse
Starting Wheelhouse

I did some more thinking, and then got started on the bridge, wheelhouse, and crew quarters. At the moment I am using stranded silks, and simple stitches, primarily long and short stitch. I’m using the black and white photograph as a reference for tone, but as with everything I do, it must look like stitchery. I can tweak colour and tone, but I’m not aiming for photorealism!

Work On The Bows
Work On The Bows

Each section will have repeated visits and I hope it will gradually come into focus. Some of the work on the bows, here, should show this. I’ve added the stem, the curve of hull about the tumblehome, and a squiggle of grey silk gimp to represent the anchor.

I’m also beginning to blend out the colours in the hull with a second layer of stitching, this time using a single strand of the same overdyed rayon as the first layer.

11 thoughts on “More on the vessel

  1. That hull jumps off the fabric. Love the texture you have achieved.

  2. it is growing nicely. Making a (round) frame to place over the stitching is a good way to focus on the scene. I learned to make cards where the window was the shape of the quilting piece I needed, took it to the shop and looked for the perfect fabric. You see so much more when there is a frame of white around it.

  3. I love the textures you are building up on the ship. I can almost feel the layers of paint and rust on the plates of the hull.

  4. The texture is marvelous! I really have the feeling of old wood, soaked with salt water. I’m always amazed at your work, but this one is in a class by itself. =)

  5. Very rich texture and tone. You already make the vintage look in the start. Looking for the finished.

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