Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Textile for Aldeburgh

I know I've told you before that one of my all time favourite places is Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast.

A mosaic of Aldeburgh loveliness!

A few weeks ago I wanted to something textiley and I decided to try and reflect Aldeburgh.  Not an actual representation, more of a memory of the light, the textures, the movement and the colours.


I kept to a very limited colour palette, but used a variety of different fabrics and threads.



I did some free motion embroidery, some hand embroidery, half hid some mother of pearl buttons and made some rust like holes through the layers of fabric with a solder iron.


I added some shells and a small piece of drift wood.

A Textile for Aldeburgh - 35cm x 24cm
(click on the picture to enlarge it)

I'm not sure if it does reflect Aldeburgh, but I don't know whether that really matters.  I enjoyed working with the limited colours and at the moment I quite like it.

21 comments:

Ailec said...

That is beautiful Su.
It works so well to reflect the colours and textures. Don't know why but when I see work like this I think it falls into what I call 'yummy-exciting' category.
Keep it coming!

marigold jam said...

It's beautiful and certainly reminds me of the waves gently creaming into the shore with sand and shells etc. I have never been to Aldebergh but I love the textile creation!

theotheralig said...

Gorgeous. I work in textiles too, just for fun. This is link to my work. Latest piece a Seascape! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.385220341547060.85738.364104760325285&type=1&ref=notif&notif_t=like

Magic Cochin said...

It's beautiful! I love the muted colour - just like it's been bleached by sun and saltwater and wind on the beach.
Celia x

Emma said...

Delicious, exactly the sun silvered sand, driftwood & shells.

millefeuilles said...

Dear Su,

Such exquisite work. I love textiles and embroidery and am in awe of your creativity.

Stephanie, your newest follower.

noknittedknickers said...

Hello there, just found you through Knitsofacto. I moved to Aldeburgh last year and think you capture the place beautifully! Love the different textures in this piece.

elaine rickett said...

I love this sort of work and I adore this piece you have made - do you sell or is it just for your pleasure?

Pomona said...

It's beautiful - I love the combination of colours and textures. They work so well together and it really does give a sense of the sea and the sand in the shades and the curves.

Pomona x

Maggie said...

Beautiful, and does it really matter if the piece doesn't reflect Aldeburgh particularly? The main thing is that you used your talents to make a beautiful piece of work, well done clever old you.

Pearly Queen said...

I love it - makes me think of the wave sucking back across the shingle...

Gilli said...

I really love this beautiful piece of work and it reflects the area so well. The colours are just perfect!

Toffeeapple said...

Aldeburgh is my favourite seaside town too and I love that textile art, very evocative.

Anna said...

Have never made it further down that coast than Lowestoft, so Aldeburgh and Southwold are both high up on the list of places I would like to visit. Your work is exquisite as usual Su and full of detailed observation - are those little wormcasts that I can see ?

Gina said...

That is really beautiful Su and very reminiscent of the coast.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Absolutely gorgeous! x

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

It's gorgeous Sue, and looks to me like it could represent so many places where the sea meets the land across pebbles. Love it!!

ted and bunny said...

"...and at the moment I quite like it..."
isn't it funny how we can love it, then loathe it, then @quite@ like it, then just be good friends...then love it all over again!

Personally, I think its beautiful and just SHOUTS of ozone freshness and bracing walks in a wintery light

Hope you're having a good week
x

Pat @ Woodlouse House said...

You're very talented! I have only visited Aldeburgh once and I agree with you it is lovely. It was also memorable. We were at the till in a supermarket when I recognised the man in front of me as someone I knew ... I thought he must live near us and be on holiday too ... then I realised it was Bill Nighy!

Cottage Garden said...

Su, I have to say that although I've been singing the virtues of Kent of late, I really do love Aldeburgh and Southwold too. It has retained a wonderful old-fashioned feel and there is nothing quite like exercising the calf muscles on its fabulous pebbly beach!

Your mosaic sums the place up well and I love the beautiful piece that it has inspired.

Congratulations to your mum and dad on reaching their wonderful anniversary!

Jeanne
x

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what an amazing textile piece! I love the intricacies of the design that you have created and it has a lovely flow and movement to it - beautiful 😁. Wishing you a new week! J 😊