More on the vessel

Trial Placements

Trial Placements

I had a momentary wobble as I continued on with the vessel, and cut out a circle about the size of the roundel I intend to use in order to check on the possible placement. I’m now reassured that I will get the sort of effect I want. And now I also know that the stern of the vessel will be “out of shot”, as it were, so I don’t want to spend time on it.

Starting Wheelhouse

Starting Wheelhouse

I did some more thinking, and then got started on the bridge, wheelhouse, and crew quarters. At the moment I am using stranded silks, and simple stitches, primarily long and short stitch. I’m using the black and white photograph as a reference for tone, but as with everything I do, it must look like stitchery. I can tweak colour and tone, but I’m not aiming for photorealism!

Work On The Bows

Work On The Bows

Each section will have repeated visits and I hope it will gradually come into focus. Some of the work on the bows, here, should show this. I’ve added the stem, the curve of hull about the tumblehome, and a squiggle of grey silk gimp to represent the anchor.

I’m also beginning to blend out the colours in the hull with a second layer of stitching, this time using a single strand of the same overdyed rayon as the first layer.


  1. jenclair says:

    I like the effect of the second layer of stitching!

  2. Carolyn Foley says:

    That hull jumps off the fabric. Love the texture you have achieved.

  3. it is growing nicely. Making a (round) frame to place over the stitching is a good way to focus on the scene. I learned to make cards where the window was the shape of the quilting piece I needed, took it to the shop and looked for the perfect fabric. You see so much more when there is a frame of white around it.

  4. Lin says:

    This is building nicely Rachel. xx

  5. I love your approach Rachel! The layering of stitches works really well. And the gimp knotty bit for the anchor is just genius!

  6. Jillayne says:

    Love the stitching, both the thread choices and the stitches themselves. This is looking very good Rachel.

  7. Alex Hall says:

    I love the textures you are building up on the ship. I can almost feel the layers of paint and rust on the plates of the hull.

  8. Susan says:

    The texture is marvelous! I really have the feeling of old wood, soaked with salt water. I’m always amazed at your work, but this one is in a class by itself. =)

  9. Terrie says:

    Very rich texture and tone. You already make the vintage look in the start. Looking for the finished.

  10. Lady Fi says:

    Love the layers and texture.

  11. Sheryl says:

    Great work, I like the texture you are building.