Sunday, 28 April 2013

Viking Longboat Wall Hanging

Hi there,
 I don't have a finish to show you this week, instead I have a new beginning.
This is a project I was inspired to make by a thimble!

My husband brought it back from Shetland for me ( I like to collect thimbles).  It's made of pewter and has a viking longboat on it.  I thought it would be a great subject for a wall hanging and something a bit different.


It's a bit difficult to see because its a pencil drawing, but this is the artwork I did for it.


I'm using bondaweb to do the raw edged applique.  The background fabric was begged from a quilter friend and is perfect for the effect I wanted.  It's by Makower UK and is called Ombre.  I think it's quite an old fabric because I couldn't find it online except in a post from 2008.

                                                            Slowly, adding the detail.


The sea was by far the most challenging part.  I just started playing around with some shapes to see how they looked.


Eventually I settled on this......


This is a raven on the sail.  I will add the detail with hand embroidery.  Did you know that the vikings trained ravens to search for land?  I thought that was really interesting.


Again, I will be doing hand embroidery to get the detail I want.



So that is it so far.  I will post about this from time to time so I hope you'll come back to see how its coming along.
Have a super Sunday.
til next time....
Rhianon.

11 comments:

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

That is amazing! My husband is fascinated by Vikings, he would love this!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

fantastic Rhianon....such a neat piece. i enjoy Vicking shows on TV...I have been trying to keep up with one lately....'Vikings'; I know simple as far as a name, but it is an exciting show.

Luz2Quilt said...

I love the background piece but mostly I am so impressed with your inspiration for a beautiful piece just by a thimble! Can't wait to see the final piece!

Susan Lawson said...

I love what you did with the water and the ombre fabric is perfect.

Debbie Collins said...

Love this wall hanging... and the thimble is so ugly and cute all at the same time, lol. I look forward to updates.

Nicole Hannah said...

Your skill is so amazing - truly! I am impressed at every post you do.

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Fantastic work, and I know how beautiful it will be when you do some stitching on it...you are a very creative gal!

Corina said...

Wow, it's fantastic! Can't wait to see it finished!

Friend Across The Sea said...


This reminds me of reading about Noah's Ark in the Bible. In Genesis, chapter 8 Noah sent out a raven to find dry land but all was covered with water and he returned to the ark. He sent a dove out later but it took her two trips to find land but she did.

I loved studying about the Vikings in school, very interesting people. This creation of yours, Rhianon, is already a beautiful piece and the water is spectacular! Looking forward to see it continue to come to life.

LynCC said...

Rhianon, this is absolutely splendid!! I love everything about it. And what a cool thimble in the first place. :)

Mama Spark said...

This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing it.

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