It's not easy to find itty bitty seashells.
By itty bitty, I mean 1 cm (0.5") or less.
And now that Jim and I are getting older, our eyes have trouble seeing those tiny shells from a standing position and our bodies don't bend down as easily to get a closer look.
But the only way we know to try to find those itty bitty, teeny tiny shells is to get down low in those piles of shells and sift through them until we are rewarded.
Luckily, my husband Jim will spend hour after hour...sifting and bending and squinting so that he can find the tiny shells that I can use in my embroidery.
This piece is a celebration of that labor of love and of the beautiful beach that my Dad has so generously shared with us over the years.
When I took a pic of the itty bitties, I realized that my picture didn't really show how small they truly are. So here they are with some 1" shells in the background...
It's been fun sifting through all the shells again to select the ones which I'd like to have on the block.
I love this little cockle shell with the barnacles attached...
And, in the picture below, I really love that purple fragment of giant scallop...and the shade of pink inside the jewel box shell (isn't that a great name for a shell?)...and the twists and turns of the white worm shells remind me of ribbons...
I especially like it when we find shells where the exterior of the shell has worn away to reveal the spiral within...
How to attach these itty bitty shells?
I modified Allie Aller's pre-beaded plastic button approach that I used to attach the stones on my January Reflections piece.
Instead of using plastic buttons, I pre-threaded beads and glued them inside the shell openings. I used different sized beads for different sized shells.
This tiny guy has a 15/0 bead inside...
Finally! This pic shows the tiny scale of the shell the best!
Now I'm ready to get stitching and pull everything together. I'm hoping to have this block finished by Friday...life willing.
Happy Monday everyone!
P.S. We saw Snow White and the Huntsman over the weekend and we absolutely loved it! The visuals are wonderful...and the costumes for the evil queen...TDF! Charlize Theron is great at being evil...
P.P.S. To Any Blogging Needle Friends Living in France:
Thank you! I found someone to help.
P.P.P.S. To anyone reading through the 69 Best Travel books...Cousin Bette by Balzac is quite good PLUS Cousin Bette owned her own professional embroidery business (though this doesn't figure too prominently in the story). And, thanks to "anonymous"...Jean Rhys' The Wide Sargasso Sea is next for me. What's next for you?