Finally finished the piece. I have a few more fish in hand in case they slump a bit more in the net. When hung it is 5ft from the bar to the edge of the net. In the middle it is 6 inches deep and the top of the net is 21 inches wide. The fish on the top layer are caught to the net so they stay in position. I used a shiny transparent thread to sew the net together and some of the fish to the net so I could leave the ends long to sparkle.
Close up of the bottom of the net.
Close up of the top of the net.
The digital picture quilted and machine stitched to show the ravaged sea bottom, areas still lively, the trawlers pushing forward and the wire currrency symbols showing what they are solely interested in.
Stretched out on the floor as I don't have a big enough bit of wall space to hang it up!
Design time 15 hours.
Construction time 63 hours approx
Cost £22 approx.
It fulfills the requirements for a wall hanging so I think it is fit for purpose. I am very pleased with it. The original design idea was to have the net hanging from the trawler picture on a concealed rod, but this did not prove to be practical. I think the idea of the net attached to the trawlers still works with the alternative hanging rod. The hanging cords were handmade from a variegated wool sock yarn and were rather stretchy which is why they now have the 'arty' knots in them. If I was making it again I would make these from a stiff cord instead. The word ribbons made on solufleece and scrim were very stiff as I only partially dissolved the fabric; unfortunately they became much less stiff with handling so it was difficult to keep them in positions so they could be easily read. If I was doing these again, I would experiment with various stiffeners.