We’ve just returned home from our family holiday in Cornwall – south-east Cornwall this time, as it’s an area we’ve explored the least. After our recent excursions in the Lakes and the Peak District, we’ve developed a bit of a taste for walking and decided to do a section of the South-West Coastal Path from Talland Bay to Polperro.
Polperro is a typical Cornish fishing village; houses clinging to the sides of a steep inlet and a small harbour. The beach is small and just the other side of the harbour wall as you can see in the photo.
But it was another beachcombing revelation, very much like Whitby. I picked up nearly 200 pieces of sea glass and pottery in about 20 minutes and there was so much, I could be selective and go for interesting colours and shapes.
I’m a sucker for blue and white anyway and that soft wave-worn blue and white is just delicious.
Then the glass.
Such fascinating colours, textures and shapes.
We visited seven beaches over the week, some only quite briefly, but I found at least two pieces of sea glass on every one. Yes, it’s official – I’m addicted!
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The lazy daisy cuff book is coming along steadily. It’s the perfect project for working on when I’m out and about, and even a few more stitches while I wait for the children or at the dentist’s, all help to move it towards completion.
I’ve also made a start on appliqueing down the largest fused fabric heart on my commission piece. Gorgeous thick shaggy chenille-type thread hand dyed in the perfect range of turquoises and burgundy and couched down with slanting lines of my favourite matte aurora borealis delicas.
A nice steady job for a warm summer evening.
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Was last Saturday, apparently, and to mark it, several members of our Embroiderers’ Guild decided to have an afternoon of stitching in the gorgeous walled garden of nearby Scawby Hall.
I chose a bench near a pond and set out some bits and pieces for any visitors to look at…
…before settling down to stitch. Well, more chat than stitching actually. I brought the companion piece to my grasses embroidery that I did in May as a response to the portfolio we borrowed from HQ. At the beginning of the afternoon it looked like this:
And after an hour in the garden, being rained off into one of the poly tunnels by a complete downpour and then ending up in the nearby church for tea and home made cake and another couple of hours embroidering and chatting, it looks like this:
But it was a fabulous afternoon!!
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The next heart to be edged was one of the smaller fused fabric ones.
I used a gorgeous softly twisted variegated pure silk thread and couched it down with a dark turquoise rayon machine thread.
Then my favourite feather stitch in a variegated sea green perle on a paler fused fabric heart.
I stitched this in two sections, each starting from the top centre of the heart to make it more symmetrical.
A bit more beading next, I think.
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We had a lovely family day out in Whitby, North Yorkshire, last Sunday. Strolling along the pier, fish and chips for lunch, walking up the 199 steps to to the church and the abbey, browsing the shops and a tub of cockles to fill up the corners. And of course, there had to be beachcombing.
Oh my goodness. The beach was small and quite unprepossessing, but as we reached the tideline, I was overwhelmed by more sea glass than I’d ever seen on a beach in my life, and that includes Seaham. The chunks were just that, big and chunky and for the first time in my beachcombing career, I became a sea glass snob – rejecting pieces that I would normally have pounced on, for only the biggest, the most unusual and beautiful.
The penny shows how big most of these pieces are.
As well as sea glass, I found several short sections of the stems of 17th/18th century clay pipes (my little one claimed those!) and there were pieces of pottery everywhere. I even found my very first ammonite, heavily weathered, but still an ammonite and a childhood goal achieved!
I was just blown away – it was like catching fish in a barrel, and I think I’d have still been there if my little one hadn’t suddenly needed the loo in a hurry, necessitating a swift exit from the beach and return to the town.
These are no ordinary pieces of sea glass. The colour, particularly the tendency to aqua, the thickness, the size of some of the rim shards and the markings as well as the amount of other odds and ends (I forgot to mention the broken ‘bone’ knife handle) all suggest these may have come from the dumps of household rubbish that Victorian cottages had at the end of their gardens and that are now fallen into the sea.
That’s so exciting – I can’t wait to go back!!!
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Hearts in varying sizes have been cut from both the pieces of fused fabric and also, for contrast, some plain toning dark turquoise satin. The commission asked for two panels, so I’ve cut and pinned two scatterings of hearts onto natural coloured silk noil.
And Panel 2:
Now for the first layer of embellishment – stitching them decoratively onto the silk.
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