British sailors crafted "Woolies" primarily between 1840-1880. These skilled and self-taught needle workers created intricately embroidered images of their ships during their free time. Here are some photos from a recent exhibit I saw at Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland.
This ship seems to have met an unfortunate end... I wonder if the sailor artisan was a member of the crew, or just a witness?
A closer shot- the different stitches really give a beautiful movement to the flames and smoke.
In this detail you may notice the sailors jumping down to safety and escaping in row boats.
This one is incredible- it seems to be a form of Stumpwork. There is some type of stuffing underneath the stitching of the sails, again, giving the illusion of movement.