Sea Inspired

My trips to the beach here are really inspiring my creativity – I love the colours and the textures and the dynamic, changing scenery. The shoreline is a shifting, liminal place where sea and land mix in a strange point of exhilaration. Where we live, above the great Chesil Bank, we have heard the turn and tow for nights now as the pebbles are tossed in the big waves. Yesterday in particular was a very rough day, with high winds and great big seas, so the effect this morning was to clean the shingle down to a smooth grit, easier for walking on and for collecting sea glass, my favourite find, though they are worn down tiny here at this end of the Chesil, so you have to watch out carefully! There are several cairns of flotsam along Cogden Beach, or what I prefer to think of as shrines, one even has a white processional way set into the shingle leading up to it. I did some repairs to this one, and noticed that a couple further down the beach were doing the same, following some strange primordial instinct.


So here’s my latest work, I am very pleased with it, its worked out better than expected and now I want to make more pebble pieces – other ideas are embroidered pebble dolls, embellished patterned fabrics, encrusted calico. They are a fiddle but at the same time a joy to make, highly textured and completely covered with french knots using experimental Stef Francis threads, which are completely beautiful – this is a 3 pack of stranded cotton, space dyed linen and a slippy, silky rayon which I really mixed up the space dying to get Image Image

random effects, then backed onto wool felt ‘sleeves’.  They take many hours and use some fairly complex techniques, I will get around to posting up a tutorial when I make a few more – these are samples for workshop ideas so I hope that my clients like them!


Crochet phone/ipod cover tutorial

I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a while, my ipod sloshes around in my bag with all the old rubbish in there, and now I have a lovely snug cover for it, all sealed in and safe! I worked this in a three colour tweed stitch, which is simple to do as long as you follow the sequence.

Start with an even number foundation chain row, measure it to fit the size of your gadget and join into the first chain on the row with a slip stitch, beng careful to keep your ring the right way up, ie all your stitches should be facing the same way, no twists!

Row 1 – Then work a dc into the 2nd chain from the hook, a chain, miss a stitch then dc into the next one, and continue until you reach the end, cut your yarn, leaving a long enough tail to darn in, fasten off.

Row 2 – Tie in your second colour as close as you can to the work, then continue in the same way, but working your dc’s into the chain spaces on the previous row. Work to the end and finish as row 1.

Row 3 – Tie in the third colour and carry on as before.

Continue, keeping the colour sequence, until your tube is the size you want. Fasten off.

Darn in all your loose ends.

Making sure that the back ‘seam’ – ie where you joined your new colours in, is central along the back of the tube, use dc’s to join the bottom of the tube to close it.

You can leave it like this if you want to, or you can make a closer for it by making a foundation chain row of the length you want, then work 2 dc rows. On the third row, make a buttonhole by chaining three stitches (or more depending on the size of the button), missing three stitches and joining back in further along the row, positioning the hole where you want it to be. Continue to end, turn then work another 2 rows of dc’s, working into the chains in the top of the buttonholes when you reach them. Fasten off and darn in your loose end, working the end into a rounded shape with the darning stitches, then sew onto your cover using a whip stitch, sew on your button and pop in your phone or ipod!