The Camberwell Panel – Seven

New Background

New Background

Remember I said that the Camberwell had other ideas for the background?

At this point the deafening racket of complaints from her became too much for me to ignore and I unpicked all of the background and reinstated it, differently. For instance, you might notice that the twinkly fabric for the water is puckered and gathered to create ripples on the surface.

I then pinned on the different choices of quayside fabric I had prepared, and the slip for the hull, and contemplated them for a while. Beside helping to clear up my choice, I realised that the picture was going to work better if I brought the edges in closer to the ship rather than having an expanse of sky above the mast.

Padding the hull

Padding the hull

So, those choices and decisions made, I moved on. I wanted to make sure that the prow “loomed” somewhat, so I put a layer of padding in the shape of the hull over the background. That should also help to ensure that the horizon line does not show through the slip, as well as differentiating the looming bow from the bridge and superstructure.  So I also added a further small extra patch of padding to emphasize the flare of the bow – you  can probably just see it.


  1. Lady Fi says:

    I like the rippled effect of the sea… And how lovely to think that your embroidery speaks to you…

  2. LOVE the water! This is starting to come together, isn’t it?

  3. karen says:

    It is good to know that I am not the only one who talks to cloth….and gets a response!

  4. The wadding is a great touch. Look forward to seeing more of this.

  5. Elmsley Rose says:

    The rippled water looks great!

    Would you consider using felt to help hide the ground? Opaqueness and padding.

  6. I like that water. When you are working on a piece it sometimes develops a real personality, seems this one has.

  7. Jan says:

    The changes to the blue cloth really bring the water to life. I like the idea of the padding for the ship as well. Can’t wait to see the final version of this piece!

  8. Janice says:

    Yes, I love the rippled water too. I know what you mean about the time spent pondering, and the importance of this. I remember unpicking several days’ work on one very complicated knitting project because I noticed one stitch was wrong, Tried to ignore it but realised I wouldn’t be able to. It would always be there! It’s worth spending the time to think, get things just as you want them, and then proceed.