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A trip to Suffolk would not be complete these days without a visit to Southwold Pier and a nice comb along the beach. As I’ve said before, the massive loss of coastline north of Southwold makes the beach a wonderful spot for sea glass and other bits and pieces. We went on my birthday (Christmas Eve) and although it was bitterly cold and the tide was coming in, I still managed a bit of a trawl through the shingle and came away happy with these little beauties.

Beachcombing Southwold 12.13 a

I can’t resist a nice ring pull and my husband spotted the wonderfully soft, fuzzy piece of pottery. But this was the prize, the bottom of a slender glass bottle.

Beachcombing Southwold 12.13 b

I’m sure, looking at the diameter and also that the glass rises straight from the base, that it’s old. It certainly looks like some bottles I have from Victorian dumps. ¬†Southwold never disappoints!

On Boxing Day we took my youngest for a run on Gorleston beach. Gorleston is just south of Great Yarmouth and a real hidden gem. The beach is wide, flat and sandy with ridges of shingle and proved to be another excellent sea glass hunting ground!

Gorleston Beach sea glass 1

(I put the ring pull in to show sizes.) Some lovely little nuggets there and a couple of less weathered pieces including the bottle neck which I took off the beach for safety. ¬†A lot of dogs and children use the beach so I wasn’t going to leave sharp glass around.

I particularly like the pale lime green and the aqua pieces.

Gorleston Beach sea glass 2

Now all I need is the time to do something with them!

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There is more ongoing in my Cornwall Holiday journal but things are impossibly busy at the moment and I’ve a sea glass commission on the go so the journal pages have stalled.

Towards the end of the holiday I took the girls to visit my parents in Suffolk and incidentally scored the biggest piece of blue sea glass I’ve ever found on Southwold beach. Very pleased with that!

Southwold beach glass 8.13

On the way home we decided to visit Oxburgh Hall.

Oxburgh Hall

I’ve been before but not with the girls…

Sunflowers!

…and after they had posed as sunflowers, we had a lovely time exploring this gorgeous house. On the way through the wooded area to the loos I found some green walnuts and collected a handful to try some natural dyeing.

Back home, chopped small and boiling in my dye pan.

walnut dyeing 1

And after straining the liquid, this was the result on a range of fabrics.

walnut dyeing 2

I clamped, tied and knotted a few of them before I put them in the pot.

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Knotted silk.

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Silk French lace over silk mix velvet.

walnut dyeing 5

I’d been clearing out the freezer and found some avocado skins and stones so I added them to the first walnut dye bath and went for another batch. There’s not much difference in the colour but I think the brown is a bit warmer and pinkier with the avocado added.

walnut and avocado 1

walnut and avocado 2

Some threads.

walnut and avocado 3

A bigger piece of silk dupion dyed in walnut first and then overdyed in walnut and avocado. There is a subtle difference but it’s not very clear in the photo.

walnut and avocado 4

Glad I spotted them on the floor among the vegetation and leaves!

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