It was a lovely coincidence that I happened to be working on a new sea glass piece when Jody posted this. The last time I had chance to do a bit of beachcombing on the East Anglian coast it was slim pickings, so this beach filled me with envy!
First I got out all my sea glass and played around with a number of layouts, before I finally settled for this one, another one of my meanders, with the sea glass gradually decreasing in size from the bottom to the top.
This piece is hopefully going to be a commission and at 9″ by 12″ is substantially bigger than I normally work. The background is dark natural coloured silk matka, which has a lovely linen look, but is much softer and more forgiving in terms of creasing. The nuggets of glass are simply stuck on with an all purpose glue.
The room it’s going into is turquoise, which led me to the first thread choice. No label on this one, but I think it’s variegated stranded silk and the feather stitch is stitched with two strands to give enough weight to the lines.
Quite a challenge to work something this large in my hand with the added weight of the glass pebbles, but the glass makes it impossible to put in a hoop and I don’t have a frame.
It’s a good job that the meandering feather stitch doesn’t have to be too exact!
A third line of the stranded silk feather stitch completes the foreground.
Next the background layer.