I love the rippled sand left behind by the departing ocean at low tide.
I especially like the way they feel under the soles of my feet.
That's why I set out to make a fiber creation based on this 8 x 10 photo of the ripples left behind by the tide on Cape Cod Bay in Eastham, MA. I used a Sharpie marker to highlight its ridges and troughs.
I had this copied at 3 times its 8 x 10 size--24 x 30.
When I taped this 24 x 30 blowup onto a glass-topped table, and stuck a utility light under it, I created a giant light table.
Then I was able to copy the contours of these ripples onto a piece of muslin.
Once I backed the muslin up to a piece of shiny blue-tan fabric that looked like wet, rippled sand, I could sew the two together along these lines, creating a series of channels through which I would draw lengths of cording, thus creating the three-dimensional look of the sand ripples.