Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Shells

Shellness (on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, UK for those unfamiliar with this area) is one of those magical places.  Much like Dungeness ............ remote, desolate and sometimes eerie but oh the shells.  Fragments embedded into the sandy bank separating the road from the beach .....................



In places the beach is entirely covered with shells (this one's from flicker as it's clearer than any of mine)



If you decide to visit, you might want to be mindful that it is a nature reserve ........... not only a nature reserve but THAT kind of nature reserve as well so, like us, visit out of season or during non-sunbathing weather!  The beginnings of some shells on my "Rainbow" piece .........





I am really struggling with my eyes and this stitching so progress is going to be very slow but I hope to be able to show at least a little bit more each week.  I have lots of ideas for other stuff I could do in the meantime but there are more pressing things too ............ some blinds for home.  I want to do something like this ..................


There is only one copy in the county library system and it's out on loan until sometime next month.  Then it could take up to a week to get to our branch library but I want to start NOW .............. if only I could tell them I only need a quick 5 minute look to get an idea of the block sizes and see how they are paper pieced!

On a more positive note, I knew what the postman would be holding when he knocked the door this morning ........... my prize from Fibrefrolics - aren't they just "my" colours!  Some merino tops, silk fibres, ribbons, fabrics, Angelina ................ lots to play with!


Penny had also previously awarded me a "Sunshine Blogger" award which was exciting too.

4 comments:

Chris Gray said...

Love the shells and your embroidery...my eyes are picking like mad at the minute...I'm wondering if it's too dry indoors with the woodburner going...but with it snowing again, and the temperature in minus figures, I don't want to sit in the cold either.

Rock and Hard Place eh?

Elmsley Rose said...

Wow, they ARE your colours!

Elmsley Rose said...

In response to your comment on my blog :

I've never made a box. I've made a hinged book tho!

One of my cats, Jasper, likes to grab one of my pieces of jewellery in his mouth (and I love jewellery and have a bit - all costume and art deco/victorian stuff)and then go running off with it!

I don't want it all just tumbled in a box. I'd like compartments, and lots of decoration. <aybe a fold out cover? I was just down checking the mail box to see if the book had arrived yet....

Rachel said...

I'm looking forward to seeing how you develop those shells - definitely something interesting going on there!