Working on the vessel

Adding To The Stern
Adding To The Stern

Once I had the roundel started, I was able to finish the vessel – which, like the flags, I’d not done quite enough of !

By finish, I mean stitch the last bit of the stern that I need, and then cut out, and turn in the edges. Then go around the edges again, covering them with gimp or stitchery in suitable colours to hide the calico.

Tarpaulins
Tarpaulins

I also stitched an odd little fragment over a piece of gauze. This is going to help represent the deck cargo in the bows. The colours are quite dark, and stitched-in creases in grey helps to make it a bit more weatherbeaten.

Deck Cargo Added
Deck Cargo Added

Then there was still more padding to add, and the deck cargo to put in place.

This angle on the bows allows you to see the extra gimp running down the edge, and how much extra padding I’ve put in. You can also see the deck cargo – I cut close to the top edge, and then used the fabric below to attach it to the back of the vessel.

8 thoughts on “Working on the vessel

  1. Who would have thought tarpaulins could look so beautiful? Well, that is the beauty of embroidery, ANYTHING can look good when stitched. You have added a nice finishing touch to the vessel with gimp.

  2. The battered metal of the ship and the cloths on the cargo have so much character. The padding really brings out the shape of the side. I can hardly wait to see it all put together, but it’s good to be able to see the details close up as they grow.

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