Monday, June 17, 2013

May Arts Ribbons - Nautical Craft Challange

Well, today they posted the entries for the Nautical Craft Challenge by May Arts Ribbon.  I worked a long time on mine, but it is unlike any of the other projects. LOL!

There are some really lovely items, so great ideas as well. We will see who wins, but my bet is on the Ship Ahoy memory box.

For this challenge, I chose the 1/2" Woven Chevron Wire Ribbon - White for the Sails, 1/4" blue with white diagonal stripe for the accent on Ship. Used the 2" satin edge ribbon for the Ship's Hull and the Burlap cord for the wood posts and masts.

Here are pictures to show how it was done.

The 16 1/2" block was pieced on Muslin, Sky above, ocean below. The ship's hull has already been added.

Then I added the poles and masts on the ship made from the burlap cord.

The Sails were a little tricky, as some had to look like they were rolled and others fully unfurled.  I cut the wire woven chevron ribbon to the lengths I wanted, and stitched 4-5 sections together. I rolled the Sails over the Mast poles and stitched to the burlap cord.  Bottom three were partially rolled and the others were left unfurled. I curved the ribbon with my fingers, to make them look like they were billowed from the wind.

After adding the sails, I concentrated on the ocean floor. I used #8 Perle Cotton in various colors for the coral under the water and the birds in the sky.  With a section of sheer rayon fabric in ocean colors, I stitched the fabric down with perle cotton and added curved stitching for waves and added 11/0 white seed beads, for the foam.

Used a beach/ocean themed  fabric for the backing and binding. Then added sleeve for hanging. Here is the result.

If you want to see the other entries, you can click on the link below. Enjoy!

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