The Camberwell Panel – Three

The Sky being sewn into place

The Sky being sewn into place

I could have left the background until I had made some progress on the Camberwell herself, but I wanted to be sure I kept the design balanced, and having the background ready so I could lay the cut outs on it to think about seem the best way of achieving that.

The fabric for the sky is a pale apricot coloured georgette. At this stage I still had not decided  whether there should be two layers, to create a deeper colour and more dramatic effect, but as I was going to be working on the ship herself on a separate piece of fabric and applying it later, that decision could be delayed. I used a zigzagged back stitch in rust coloured embroidery cotton to attach the georgette to the backing.

The Sea and Sky

The Sea and Sky

The blue-green fabric I chose for the sea has a glittering thread running through it at intervals. I was hoping that this would create the effect of sunlight sparkling on the water, without drawing unnecessary attention to itself.

I also found a piece of white cotton twill – slightly lighter in weight than the material used in uniform “tropical whites” but very similar – which seems the perfect choice for the base fabric (for so many reasons). This fabric provided a sturdy basis for the superstructure and the hull, which would involve both fabric appliqué and embroidery.


  1. Janice says:

    I can see it taking shape. Looking forward to seeing further developments!

  2. karen says:

    I love this part of making something new, the preperation and the planning…

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve just come across your beautiful blog! What fabulous work! I’m lookin forward to following the progress of the Camberwell Panel.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    looking! Sorry