This was my entry for the New Plymouth Embroiderers' Guild's Patricia Dow Challenge. The theme was 'water'. I was inspired to create an entire underwater environment with rocks, seaweed, tiny starfish, anemones, sea urchins, worm casings and barnacles.
I did most of this work on a camping trip, stitching in the shade of a tree near my tent.
Items are trapped between 2 layers of fabric, with the excess fabric pleated up to create the rivulets on the sandy bottom of the rock pool. The rock pool is then populated with colonies of French knots, lazy daisies, seed stitches, needle-woven forms, etc, that work together to form a little underwater world. The embroidery uses hand-dyed calico, cotton & metallic threads (including hand-dyed threads), glass and plastic beads. Trapped items include beads, buttons, curtain rings, washers, polystyrene and bubble-wrap.
I was inspired by Jennifer Rochester’s encrusted calico-covered beach pebble in Stitch magazine No. 15 March/April 2002.
For more information about this piece, please see the challenge discussion: http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/forum/topics/who-dares-to-rush-into-a-pebble-adventure?groupUrl=handembroidery&groupId=2105845%3AGroup%3A1861&id=2105845%3ATopic%3A400271&page=48#comments
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