Posts Tagged ‘beach’

Sorting some of my beachcombed treasures led to a couple of pieces of jewellery. First was a chunk of school ruler which had frosted beautifully in the waves. I paired it with a piece of beachcombed metal swarf with a lovely milled texture to make a brooch, now available here in my Etsy shop.


Then I managed to find two vintage panel bracelets which are great for setting with sea glass and pottery like this one. There is just something about blue and white sea-washed china that I love.


I also like to use panel bracelets to turn groupings of odd vintage earrings into unique assemblage bracelets. The theme that developed here was floral soft blues and greys with a central enamelled dragonfly. Available here in my Etsy shop.


I also managed to list the brooch I made during show week from a scrap of felted woollen jumper, a vintage kilt pin and an odd earring drop and it’s available here.


Definitely in my blue period!

I’ve also had a bit of a spurt with one of the pelmet vilene accordion book memory journals I’m working on. This one is based on a visit we made at the end of March to the North Sea Observatory and Anderby Creek beach in Lincolnshire. The shell strewn beach was unlike anything I’ve ever seen on the North Sea coast and then we had a stroll along the sand dunes to the lovely Anderby Beach Cafe for lunch before heading back home.


I stitched a fragment with cast on stitch and one of the big flat holed oyster shells in the summer but then things lapsed until a piece of evenweave gave me an idea to do a piece of pulled thread work. I used natural coloured silk thread and Diamond Stitch to create a random pattern like ripples in the sand.


Then I added some dried seaweed, a clam shell with a hole in and a little piece of driftwood.



I love the very clever Anderby Beach Cafe logo which uses part of the structure of a traditional deck chair as the initial ‘A’ and the hot dog I had for lunch that day, using local butcher’s sausages was delicious. So that quickly led to a hand painted and stitched applique ‘receipt’ on calico, featuring a splodge of ‘tomato sauce’ to remind me of how much I enjoyed my lunch!


Ideas forming for the North Sea Observatory and the Cloud Bar…!

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It was good to get this moving again.  I’m not a fan of finishing off, and in spite of much googling, have still to find a way of bringing the fabric to the front and mitring the corners that I can do and that I’m completely happy with.  

The top half: the tideline, footprints left by my little one, ripples in the sand and the foam as the waves break on the shore.

The bottom half:  after the waves, the deeper water.

The backing fabric is a piece of quite heavyweight cotton or cotton blend with a wonderfully soft, subtle, variegated sandy coloured stripe pattern. No idea where it came from but I did feel very virtuous about being able to back the embroidery with an existing piece of fabric.

It just needs a hanging sleeve and a label.

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The last of this year’s Holiday Journal patchwork pieces is finished.

Based on the turquoise sea and golden sand of our glorious last beach day at Hawker’s Cove it started like this:

With the addition of gentle waves of space dyed turquoise silk and lettering in a turquoise and sand coloured hand dyed silk thread it became this:

One of the delights of this particular beach were drifts of tiny shells, mostly vivid orange and mottled tawny scallops.

Tiny and perfect, they made the ideal addition to the block.

All seven journal pieces are finished now and I’m mulling over how to stiffen them and ‘mount’ them in order to form the walls of the box they are to become. 

Other projects, including one with a nastily looming deadline are coming to the fore.

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The last bit to do on the Bamburgh Beach hanging was the foam from the waves as they hit the beach and I had some medical gauze put aside for that job. I pinned it over the last blue section, flat at one end and feather stitched down and then layering the gauze in lines to represent the foam topped wavelets as they reach the shore.

I caught down the raw front edge with random massed french knots stitched in one strand of pale cream Caron stranded silk. Using a single strand gives a very open texture to the knots, like bubbles, which is what I was aiming for.

I finished the waves at a play reading on Saturday night.

The lines of coral stitch are still visible through the gauze and the layered wave sections are smothered in french knots which hold the pleats in place.

I added some french knots with two strands of silk, mostly on the seaward sides of the waves, to vary the texture and height.

I’m pleased with the effect: hissing bubbles inching up the beach and then falling back, exhausted, before the next attempt.

As for the issue with not being able to leave comments on Blogger, I’ve been in touch with the techie people and they believe that the word verification software on Blogger is broken for users commenting through OpenID. Their suggestion is that the Blogger bloggers should contact Blogger and report it.

So if I’ve not commented on your blog for a while, that’s why – it’s not for want of trying!

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I was wondering what to work on next and it was after having seen the second project at the bottom of this post from Helen Cowans that I remembered I had an unfinished piece based on the Northumberland coast between Seahouses and Bamburgh.

I started it in August 2004, on holiday in Seahouses. A sort of forerunner to my Cornish Holiday Journal. But summer 2004 came with a bit of a bombshell as three days into the holiday I discovered that I was unexpectedly pregnant with my youngest daughter.

All the vivid emotions of that time are caught up in the stitching as I struggled to get my head round being pregnant again with two older, independent children, wondering if we could do, it, if we should do it, what effect it was going to have on my health etc.

I stitched it on and off through another rough pregnancy, through two months of potential miscarriage scares and finally put it away shortly after the birth. I’ve worked on it sporadically since, but even though the result of that upheaval is a fabulously bright, sparky, loving bundle of dynamite that I wouldn’t be without for the world…

…the cloth still holds some difficult memories.

But it’s not far off being finished. In fact the only thing I realised I really I needed to do when I got it out was to embroider a line of footprints just below the high tide line and then add the surf. Stitch some good memories into it.

This is how it stands now, with the addition of some footprints which I started during the New Year.

From the bottom: back stitch on a scrap of satin from the dress my bridesmaid had for my wedding, feather stitch on coarse cotton, massed french knot clusters on denim and whipped running stitch on some permanently crinkled dress fabric (you might recognise it from the Cornish Journal!).

Seeding, woven spiders’ webs and back-stitched spiders’ webs in hand-dyed coton a broder on calico dyed with the same dye. Coral stitch in various vintage threads on coarse cotton.

Three weights and colours of silk with back stitch linking two.

More later – I’m feeling more positive about it already.

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