The last bit to do on the Bamburgh Beach hanging was the foam from the waves as they hit the beach and I had some medical gauze put aside for that job. I pinned it over the last blue section, flat at one end and feather stitched down and then layering the gauze in lines to represent the foam topped wavelets as they reach the shore.
I caught down the raw front edge with random massed french knots stitched in one strand of pale cream Caron stranded silk. Using a single strand gives a very open texture to the knots, like bubbles, which is what I was aiming for.
I finished the waves at a play reading on Saturday night.
The lines of coral stitch are still visible through the gauze and the layered wave sections are smothered in french knots which hold the pleats in place.
I added some french knots with two strands of silk, mostly on the seaward sides of the waves, to vary the texture and height.
I’m pleased with the effect: hissing bubbles inching up the beach and then falling back, exhausted, before the next attempt.
As for the issue with not being able to leave comments on Blogger, I’ve been in touch with the techie people and they believe that the word verification software on Blogger is broken for users commenting through OpenID. Their suggestion is that the Blogger bloggers should contact Blogger and report it.
So if I’ve not commented on your blog for a while, that’s why – it’s not for want of trying!