The sixth and final panel in the series depicting Jaywick from the 1960’s until the present day.

Everyone worked really hard to get as much done as possible in the last couple of workshops.

Once the embroidery is finished the panels will be pressed and backed with calico.

The birds now have legs!

The botanical drawings of Jaywick flowers on the first panel have been painstakingly stitched in stem stitch.

Our soldier now has a dashing moustache!

The second panel now has the architectural diagrams showing the subsidence in Tower C when it was first built.

Some simple stitches added detail to the child riding a donkey

Operations Sealion, the planned Nazi invasion of Britain in World War 2, is depicted in stitch.

Churchill’s famous quote embellishes the fourth panel, showing the significance of  Jaywick and the Martello Tower in protecting the country.

The map showing Jaywick in the 1960’s took a long time to sew but it interesting to have a record of the changes and additions to the area.

Beautifully embroidered ‘Jaywick Sands’ emblazon the sea wall on the final panel in the series.

Now that all the fabric shapes have been appliqued the detail has begun to be added with embroidery.

The soldier still needs a face but he already has lovely shiny gold buttons!

The Sanderlings on the beach are beginning to take shape. They have eyes, beaks and feathers, they just need some legs now…

Some of the smaller imagery doesn’t need much embroidery to ensure it is clear what it is.

The 1930’s panel has lots going on. Just a few stitches go to make the donkeys mane or the spokes on the car’s wheel.

With only a few more sessions to finish all 6 panels everyone has been very dedicated and put in lots of hours to ensure things are looking great.

Colour me in! sheets have images taken from the Jaywick Martello Tower Textile.

Click on the links below and download the sheets so that you can print them out and colour them in at home.

If you send us your finished results (by post or e mail) we will put them up on the blog.

Click to download: car colouring sheet

Click to download: donkey colouring sheet

Click to download: soldier colouring sheet

Click to download: spitfire colouring sheet

Click to download: sandpiper colouring sheet

Click to download: sandcastle colouring sheet

Click to download: galleon colouring sheet

Click to download: flood colouring sheet

Click to download: boy colouring sheet

Click to download: sea pink colouring sheet

Click to download: barge colouring sheet

Click to download: barge colouring sheetobserver sheet

On the last weekend in August Jaywick Martello Tower had an extravaganza event, Sea the Tower. The Historical Maritime Society brought back Nelsons Navy to life, with costumed re-enactors  firing their muskets and canons.

We were also there exhibiting the textile project in progress and talking to visitors about the inspirations and the processes in the work.

It was a great weekend and we had a lot of interest. As well as giving the group a chance to get some more work done on the panels we had children joining in, trying their hand at embroidery and colouring in images from the project.

Here are some of the pieces from the gallery…

For many this was the first time they had tried their hand at embroidery, for others it was a long forgotten skill.

On the Sunday the wind picked up and our washing line of fabric was in danger of being blown away, so we moved from our tent on the grass to the observation deck at the top of the tower. We all enjoyed the incredible views whilst we stitched.

We decided it was time to try out some more creative stitches that could be used on the textiles once all the applique has been finished. We explored the kinds of marks and patterns that could be created with simple stitches like chain or feather stitch.

We haven’t posted in a while but work has continued apace.

The final panel design has been finished. It shows Jaywick in recent times, depicting the windmills out to sea and the restored Jaywick Martello Tower.

Although it is very time consuming hand sewing all the small elements of the design they are progressing very quickly.

Now that the majority of the individual shapes have been appliqued down we have stitched the separate pieces together and the designs are looking almost complete. Soon we will be able to start stitching the detail.

In these pictures the fabric hasn’t been pressed or backed with calico yet, so they look a little creased.

This section is from the 1953 Flood panel, showing a fleeing family with their few belongings.

The detail of the faces will be embroidered once the shapes have been stitched down.