The ship reminded me of old pictures of my home town when it was not only full of sailing ships loading and unloading cargoes from all over the world, but also of the fact that wooden sailing ships were actually built here in Greenock.
I added Greenock's old motto - "God Speed Greenock". There's a stained glass window in our municipal buildings in Greenock which depicts the motto under a wonderful sailing ship. Hope I've done Greenock justice with my effort. (You can read a bit more about Greenock's motto here on my other blog.)
I found it a great piece to cross stitch and really enjoyed working on it. I outlined the sails on each mast and then it was just a case of mindlessly filling in the unpatterned ones - I didn't have to think too much about that part of it. The patterned sails were a bit more complicated.
I have another reason for wanting to stitch this. My great grandfather was a sailmaker back in late 19th century. He sailed all over the world and died in a terrible storm at sea. You can read his story here. I thought of him a lot as I was stitching.
So, I decided to just simply frame this piece, I thought it looked like an old stitched sampler. I tea dyed the fabric myself and I think it adds to the look of the picture.
Yes, I'm definitely proud of this one!