I had a fragment of wide rusted sheet seam about 1″ by 3″ which I wanted to use and finding two small pieces of brown sea glass, another idea came together. The layers of fabric within the seam made it strong enough to be able to take the weight of the glass and neither element was large enough to make the other look small and lost.
I stitched concentric circles of running stitch in two strands of stranded cotton, deliberately letting them overlap.
And going right to the edge of the fabric top and bottom.
I love the texture of sea glass, that gently frosted, pitted surface.
A vicious shard of glass wave-tumbled and tamed into a gentle jewel.
Then the beading.
I have a little tin of oddments of seed beads and it was lovely to dip into it for this, finding beads in the right colour way: browns, oranges, golds and a touch of turquoise.
I was amazed to find that putting this one away, I’ve completed ten blocks for my rusting art quilt so far, with one using copper goldwork threads partly planned and another one being rusted with pins and washers at the moment.
Following on from the big thread clearout I blogged about a few days ago, I’ve been badly bitten by the spring cleaning bug. So badly, even more lovely-but-I-really-will-never-use-them threads have surfaced (you can find them here) and I plan to muck out my big bookcase cum desk later today. I can see the piles of books and papers on it already quivering in terror at the threat…