Sunday, 26 July 2015

Trying to focus

Opened my workbook and flicking through the pages.
Trying to focus on the work I need to crack on with. Have extended the lines on this drawing. Just playing to get started again. 

 Added stitch to this page and am considering using this drawing as a backing to one of the shelves. Considering it, but not sure, it might work better printed onto fabric. 

So on with Coastline project. Had a morning at the beach and came back with enough bits and bobs to start on the jars again.
Had an experience- walking along local beach, head down, looking for interesting pieces of seaweed, man waving a red flag at me. It was very windy and the waves were crashing so did not pick up what he was shouting. Looked around, not in any danger from the sea. Nothing on the beach that would cause me any harm. Held up hands and shrugged shoulders to indicate I did not understand. Next thing 4 solders came out of the dunes heading straight for me. Wow.
They looked in my bag. asked about the plastic bags filled with seaweed, shells and debris. Have you ever tried to explain to men in uniform, who are being really officious,that you are collecting to make a textile piece of work about the Coastline. I was escorted back along the beach and it was pointed out to me I had strayed into an area used by the army for training. A large red flag was flying up in the dunes but as I had walked along the shoreline I had not seen it. I pointed out if it was so dangerous they needed to fly a flag on the beach as well. They gave me a nice salute and watched me head back the way I had come.

 Thank goodness they did not confiscate my seaweed.

 Or my collection of polluting items.
Will certainly come onto the beach through the dunes next time, checking for a red flag.

Have started working on the 3rd book. Decided on Pollution.


Still lots more work to do but a start has been made and I am trying to focus.

 Trying to find best way to interpret feathers. First stitching I have done for a while.

I think this shell would make a great cover for a book.
May focus on this next week.

Must show you this necklace my Granddaughter made for me. I think she has picked up on the Coastline theme.

The jars have sand and shells inside and I gather she had a lot of trouble getting the sea glass drilled.
I love it.

Look in next week to find out what is happening to the project. Will I do something with the shell? Will I have more beach escapades?

Bye  Bye.

Bye  Bye


  1. Goodness me, what a story about the beach, sounds quite frightening. Glad they didn't confiscate your jars, the second one in particular looks very suspicious!
    The artwork on the second photo looks really good and complex, love the colours you are using here, quite muted and different from your previous work.
    I am fascinated by your idea of a book on pollution, looking forward to seeing it.
    And yes, that necklace is spectacular, would make a talking point at any gathering.
    Looking forward to seeing your next blogpost.

  2. oh my! what a story, what an experience with the soldiers. I am glad that they did not take your treasures and trash also.

    i love looking at old sketches and adding on or changing things. Feeling the newness of now that did not exist then. It was lovely to look at each thing you shared, reading your words, considering how things inspire you. Such a dear feather piece.

    Your granddaughter has made you a treasure.

  3. My word! What an adventure you were on! Another book...when one treads on forbidden ground...? :-) Seaweed looks much more interesting trapped in a jar than it does lying on the beach full of sand and flies. I would never have guessed there would be an art book on pollution. I imagine it will be more of a treasure than what it starts out. Your necklace is quite the clever work of art. Talented granddaughter.