As the brass piece of this only has two proper corners, curve stitching wasn’t working for attaching it to the silk and I really didn’t like the odd long stitches on the mountain side of the river, so I took all that out and started with the river.
Whipped running stitch and french knots in a single strand of Gloriana silk and then the ends left long and loose.
Under the brass it gives the rippled, watery texture I wanted.
The more layered whipped stitches and french knots in a paler purply blue silk.
Then touches of white silk and a very thin snowflake-coloured blending filament.
Last of all, I teased out all the long loose ends into the fine fibres to tumble over the fringed silk at the bottom.
Like a waterfall. Along with the encrusted brass/embroidery this also needs a bale to finish it off.