My little Bateau Bayeux is sailing across the English Channel! It’s all finished, water tight, rigged out and the crew and cargo are loaded. The split word on either side of the sails and mast is “Transivit” which, according to Wiktionary, is ” the third-person singular perfect active indicative of trānseō” . Trānseō, according to the same source, means to traverse or go across.
Well, we knew that! Just look at them; they’re clearly not standing still!
Finishing up the planks on the boat was quick and easy. Even stitching around the single line waves that come up into the bottom plank was no problem. Likewise, the letters – all done in outline stitch – were also very easy.
Looking at the photo below, you can see that the second dye lot of the creamy yellow is quite different from the first. In the top plank that’s stitched with that color, I’ve blended the old and the new dye lots. In the lower plank I had to stitch the whole thing with the second dye lot since there wasn’t any of the first dye lot left to blend in on that panel. (If only I’d looked carefully first!) The overall effect is fine, though, and I’m very happy with how the boat looks.
The letters are all stitched with the dark blue wool. They’re funny shapes, not even at all and some have serifs and some don’t. I had to keep referring to the photo in the book to make sure I did each one correctly.
It’s a pretty nifty idea to split the word so half of the word “transivit” is before the boat and half after. I think it reinforces the idea of travel and movement. Those embroiderers of old were rather clever!
Below is a photo of the piece off the frame. It needs to be gently pressed. Whenever I finish a piece of crewel work I usually spray it with water and pin it to my ironing board where it can dry and flatten itself out through evaporation. With this thread though, I won’t do that. I already know the dark blue has a tendency to run and I’m not taking any chances. Using two bath towels, I put one folded in half under the embroidery and one folded in half on top of the embroidery and then use gentle steam to flatten out the fabric. I’ve had success with this technique before when I was concerned about the moisture from the steam causing the dye in the threads to run.
The very last decision I need to make is what do I do with it now? This is what I have the most trouble with as an embroiderer. I have so many beautiful pieces in a drawer because I don’t need that many cushions and i don’t have that much wall space. I think this would be a gorgeous cushion. In fact, the colors are the same ones as the furniture in our living room. On the other hand. I could frame it.