The wrack zone is the place on the beach where all the debris is left after a high tide. It is a place of great interest, full of wonderful (and sometimes, not-so-wonderful) things. It’s where shells, kelp, driftwood and flotsam and jetsam come to rest. On the West Coast of BC, where we don’t have many sandy beaches, this zone is also full of barnacles, small snails, pebbles and seaweed.
I love an encrusted style of embroidery that lends itself well to exemplifying the sea shore and the wrack zone. I first mentioned in Calculus and the Sea Shore how items are trapped between two layers of fabric and the resulting wrinkles are incorporated into the final embroidery. You can see an example in my banner up above. I’ve been working on another.
This one has ripples of sand as well as a collection of things found in the wrack zone.
There’s all kinds of things in this piece: buttons and beads, including some vintage translucent leaf beads, a real shell and a myriad of stitches. Lots and lots of french knots, cast-on bars, drizzle stitches, bullion knots, straight and cross stitches, seed stitch, woven picots, couching, cup stitch, woven spider’s webs, fly stitches and, I’m sure, more that I can’t remember.
I added the driftwood piece as a kind of hanging bar. This piece is going up on Etsy and hopefully will catch some interest.
Did you see the dead fish?