Thought you might like to see what I have just finished. In February 2011, the Bristol branch of the Embroiderers' Guild celebrates it's 30th birthday. Each member of the group I belong to - Gordano Textile Artists - has been a member at some time or other and we have all gained so much from our membership.
We thought it would be a nice gesture to create a special joint exhibit to mark the occasion at the 30th anniversary exhibition. As pearls are appropriate for a 30th wedding anniversary we took them as our theme. One of our members obtained oyster shells and each of us has one to fill or decorate in some way. This is mine:
The colours are faintly lavender greys and creamy white and my shell is quite rugged. I started in the centre of my design and made it up as I went along.
I worked on a fine single mesh canvas in colours I saw in the outside of the shell. I traced off the outline of the shell and worked within it, adding a few pearl beads to finish and an edging of freely worked buttonhole stitch. When the stitching was complete I cut out the shape allowing a border of about half a centimetre, then snipped in to the stitched edge all round and folded the edges back. I padded the deep part of the shell with snippets of quilter's batting and placed a larger piece over the top. I then ran a generous trail of Appliglue all round the inside edge of the shell and pegged the embroidery in place until the glue was dry. I knew those mini clothes pegs would be useful one day! There are little tawny patches on the outside of the shell and these are echoed by the colour of the canvas, where I have deliberately not covered it completely. I am looking forward to seeing what our other members have done with their shells. We are planning to display them on draped fabric with driftwood pieces and maybe one or two other shells.