Details to think about

String Padding with Test Masts

String Padding with Test Masts

While I was working on the string padding and testing the placement of the vessel section, I was able to test the placement and height of the masts.

These are too high, but they are in roughly the right place, which is a step in the right direction, at least!

And, however much I may have wished to, I can’t simply use twisted cord. I’ll have to cover the masts with something…

Planning Wreath Placement

Planning Wreath Placement

Leaving that point to ponder, I finished the string padding and removed the vessel section, leaving its shadow in place.  You may note that I’ve added a funnel, and a bit of extra padding for the deck cargo!

I want to weave a wreath around the rope frame, in such a way as to set off the ship, rather than argue with it. The green tangles of thread helped me to do so…



Finally, I had another hard look at the photo and realised there was a watchkeeper on deck.

So here he is: buckram painted with inktense, a French knot for a face, and a knot of white thread for his scarf.

I’m going to say that this is Great-Grandfather, on watch as his ship leaves the Tyne.



  1. Lady Fi says:

    I like the effect on those masts.

  2. Sue Jones says:

    I’m delighted that your grandfather gets into the picture. How it has grown since I last looked! The balance looks good. I hadn’t realised how large the ship was compared to the headland. I like the colour of the masts, but my thought is that they need to be smooth not twisted. I’very never seen a ship with barley-sugar masts. Raised stem stitch, perhaps?

  3. This piece is getting more and more impressive. Good to see your great-grandfather on his watch.
    I’m interested to see how you make the wreath.

  4. Meredithe says:

    Your attention to details is amazing!

  5. Another lovely post Rachel! How about painting a thin wooden rod for the masts? Or rolling a piece of paper and covering with fabric? I really like grandpa :). He reminds me of a column in National Geographic where they looked at old pictures with a magnifier and found all sorts of terrific “hidden” things.

  6. Catherine says:

    I’m so glad you have been able to work your grandfather into this piece Rachel. And what a great use of a French knot!

  7. Dima says:

    Always amazed when I see pictures of this piece. All the different layers add so much life to it.

  8. Terrie says:

    Always so nice to see how you made it.

  9. jenclair says:

    Every detail is impressive. So much going on this this piece!

  10. Carolyn Foley says:

    That has turned into a lovely piece Rachel with lots of details to explore. Just love ‘Grandpa’.

  11. Susan says:

    I love going at this backwards, as it were, knowing how perfectly all your choices turned out, yet seeing what was involved in making some of them. I don’t know how you came to choose a French knot for his face, but in the final post when I looked at it up close, though I knew it was a French knot, I could almost swear I could see features on a face! That’s a great effect. You were right that the twisted cord wasn’t quite right all by itself. I think the silk ribbon was an inspired choice.