The Felucca Is Finished

The Felucca

The Felucca

I have finished the first trial of the Felucca design. As I always say of these design fragments, I do not yet know whether they will make it to the final piece.

You can barely see the stitching on the coastline – I used a fine thread and spaced the stitches far apart. For the cargo, I crammed the stitches as close to one another as I could. The sails are worked in Satin Stitches rather than darning, and the spars in Stem Stitches. I’ve decided I am happy with the pinkish tinge on the sails, and the greenish Nile is just as I imagined it would be.

I think it has worked. The reflections of the sails bring the whole piece to life, and I added some small stitches to provide an impression of a reflection of the spars.


  1. coral-seas says:

    It works for me 🙂 I agree, the reflections do bring it to life but I also like how the darning makes the sky and the Nile shimmer, just as I imagine it would.

  2. I like it. Very realistic with a lot of movement. You did a great job.

  3. Joanna says:

    That looks great. i have been peering at it but wondered what size the finished piece is?

  4. Faith says:

    It’s lovely! Like a watercolor painting in threads.

  5. Jan says:

    I really like it Rachel! Very good job. I certainly hope it makes it to the final version.

  6. Elmsley Rose says:

    Love the reflections!

  7. Lady Fi says:

    Oh, wonderful sky and water… Dreamy.

  8. karen says:

    it looks amazing and I am glad that you decided to keep the pink on the sails…

  9. Janice says:

    I think it’s worked too. Maybe there’s no need to try different combinations? What I like about it is that it’s not pretending to be a painting. You know how some needleworked images are pure representations of a scene, and really would be better as a painting…? But this is a definite piece of needlework. It’s lovely.