Continuing to make progress

Sea Attached

Sea Attached

Once the sea was done, of course, it had to be attached. Again, a gathering thread, and tucking it around the edge of the buckram-and-padding base. That wasn’t too much of a trial,as it turned out, and once it was done, I could sit back and look at it.

I’m really quite pleased. There is a lot to come, but I think this makes a very strong start. In particular, the headland and the priory stand up well to the flags which could so easily dominate, and the sea supports both. Good!

Ship Shadow

Ship Shadow

Not that much of the sea is going to be on show, but I’d rather do the whole breadth and not have to worry about exact placement. It’s also quicker to do the whole breadth than it is to do short intermittent sections!

I want the vessel to be strongly raised, sailing out at the viewer, so before I attach the ship, I attached an underlayer, using wadding covered with printed cotton. It’s just tacked in place here, but you can see that I’ve set it to run out over the frame, when that is in place.

Padding The Wreath

Padding The Wreath

The preparation for the frame is underway in this picture. I’ve used several layers of string padding, and overlaid the ship piece to give a bit more of a hint of how it is going to look.

My idea for the wreath is to start off with raised stem stitch band, for the “rope” section, and then build on that base layer for the wreath. We’ll see how that goes…



  1. This piece is so well comming together Rachel! I explained it to my father, who is a real WW1 buff and collector, and he loved the idea too. He was impressed by all the background information you had found out about your relatives too. He himself had a blast touring antiquarians in Munich and finding 85 Felpost postcards. One even shows a picture of the Veluwe in the Netherlands, where he lives. Germans living in the Netherlands had to or willingly joined the Kaiser’s army too. To me it shows that war is never straight forward, especially not for immigrants and their (supposed) loyalties!

  2. jenclair says:

    OH! Wow–this pops!

  3. Carolyn Foley says:

    This is all starting to come together and looks great.

  4. Lady Fi says:

    Looking good!

  5. Wendy says:

    it’s looking good!

  6. Catherine says:

    Wow! This is coming together so well! Your individuality parts are really melding together perfectly. Although it seems a shame to cover up all that lovely sea. It does contrast wonderfully with the ship though. You must be so pleased!

  7. karen says:

    wonderful vibrant and very beautiful images to greet me this morning! I love this. I love Sweden and its flag. Fabulous work Rachel.

  8. Susan says:

    Oh, my gosh! I get taken up with school for a few weeks and come back to see so much progress and so beautiful! I know there’s a lot more you are planning for this piece, but it looks beautiful right now, if you didn’t do another thing.