Beachcombing the tideline is one of my favourite things to do on any beach and I wanted to create a high tideline that looked like a dark scribble across the sand.
Layers of feather stitching, both underneath and on top, straight stitches, couching and needlelace created the look I wanted, with a twisted cord made from turquoise sewing cotton to look like washed up fragments of fishing nets.
More twisted turquoise cords held down wherever the other stitches crossed them and an orange needlelace section for a piece of smashed buoy.
The top section is fly stitches on vintage silk grosgrain.
The fabric pen bled badly but the outlines of the traced clipart footprints are still clear enough to see. I tried satin stitch initially but couldn’t get the sharpness I wanted so I’ve back stitched them with tiny stitches and used bullion knots and french knots for the toes.
I might satin stitch inside the outlines after they’re all stitched and the pen is washed out to see how that works.