The Camberwell Panel – Eleven

Rigging The Camberwell

Rigging The Camberwell

At last I could get started on the rigging.  I was hoping to get it right as far as it went, although I don’t imagine it is as complex as the real thing. The thread is a medium weight matte cotton thread in a mid toned grey. Essentially each piece of rigging is a single long straight stitch. The connections across the spars are made using a simple figure of eight knot, which interlaces across the spar. This creates the suggestion of a connection, without trying to give great detail.

I used some brown net to represent the shadows on the quayside (railings, I imagine, although the photo doesn’t give that much detail), and stitched another set of catching stitches just inside the quayside edge.

The cotton tape is simply there to give me an approximate idea of where the border is going to go, and thus the true extent of the design.

While I was doing this, I was also thinking – and discussing with my Client – the form that the border would take. We finally settled on a “Dedication” in Morse Code embroidered on to petersham ribbon.

That’s a lot of dots (French Knots) and dashes (Bullion Knots)!


  1. Action Ma'am says:

    I blew my cover on my last Camberwell comment though it’s possible some of you may have guessed that since Action Ma’am and Camberwell Client never commented on the same post they were the same person.

    This is getting very close now. I’m feeling almost as excited as I did about the real thing!

  2. Lady Fi says:

    Love the rigging – but I like the railing or quayside bit even more!

  3. Penny B says:

    Have a soft spot for bullion knots. Brilliant idea to include morse.

  4. This is really coming together and I’m sure that it looks even better than the photo. I love the idea of using morse code. (Hope you are safe there.)

  5. Elmsley Rose says:

    Have you just added that edging to the quay as well? It looks excellent. SO 3-D.

    Morse is a brilliant idea, tho I do feel a little sorry for you, multiple bullion wise coz you’d want them all straight and regular.

    And ….whatever a ‘simple figure of 8 knot’ – this isn’t an embroidery knot, is it.

    Is this the point (where you have almost finished) where I point out there are no quay-side ‘bumpers’ between the quay and the dock? (I know – they are hidden down below the height of the dock)

    Anymore thoughts on the stitch used to make the quay stones?

  6. karen says:

    morse code….brilliant idea.

  7. Penny says:

    Wonderful!! I LOVE the idea of using Morse Code – very clever. Your ship is certainly sea worthy.

  8. Alex says:

    The rigging is spot on and the shading on the quayside really gives that part of the design depth. This is looking superb. :o)

  9. Janice says:

    I can only echo all the other comments, although I particularly like Penny’s: your ship is seaworthy! It has such substance to it I can quite imagine it floating away! Well done Rachel!

  10. Jan says:

    This is so life like! I’m really looking forward to the morse code too. When you do the final post, please remind us of the size of the project too. It’s amazing!

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