So I'm having a break from the ship while I work out what else it needs (plus I'm scared of quilting the sky).
Mum bought me this beautiful blue fabric which is a perfect background for the reeds, it's very rich and blue but has a bit of variation as well.
I took some pics yesterday which I'm actually really happy with, they were better than anything I could find on the net and have some great greens. I've just cropped it down to the middle portion.
Then I sketched the general shape of the reeds onto the canvas which I'm using for the base, to give me a scale to work from. It's very general, I think it's difficult to go too wrong, it's basically just strips of fabric from one side to the other!