BLUE MUSSEL COASTAL ART

BRINGING A BIT OF THE OCEAN INDOORS

 

For as long as I can remember I’ve been in love with the ocean and all its wonders. I’ve spent a life time beach-combing the strand lines of our island seashores in the hope of glimpsing some treasure that the sea has washed up.

Blue mussel shells like these from the edible mussel adorn our UK beaches like jewels when washed up at low tide and are a delight to admire up close. Years of wear at sea expose glorious colours of blue and purple hues.

Framed and hanging pride of place

Framed and hanging pride of place

 
 

Which is why I love making these needle felt mussels. They bring a bit of the ocean home without you taking anything away from this precious environment.

Make a collection of felt shells to have in your home and I guarantee you’ll be hooked. They are a lovely little project to fire up the imagination and make a beautiful gift - if you can bear to part with them.

 
 

HOW TO DISPLAY YOUR ART

An occasional art piece

An occasional art piece

  • Display them in a shadow box frame to hang in your home. Either in a set of three for a larger frame or singularly in smaller frames;

  • Tie some string to them and hang them as ornaments - perhaps as an alternative Christmas decoration;

  • Attach them with a love note to thoughtfully wrapped gifts - they make the loveliest decoration;

  • Simply make a collection to have in a bowl as a beautiful occasional decoration in the home.

 
 

EQUIPMENT LIST

  • 1 38 gauge triangular needle

  • 1 38 gauge star needle (optional)

  • Multi needle holder 3 or 6 needles (optional)

  • White wool batting sometimes called ‘core wool’ online. I use Jacob Sheep wool batting. Any medium coarse wool will work

  • A selection of three blue wool colours and a dark brown wool (I use wool batting but use what you have available)

  • Shadow box frame. These are deeper than a normal box frame and give you plenty of room to display your shells (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE

  • I would put aside an hour to complete one mussel especially if you’re new to needle felting. The tutorial is only 40 minutes long, but if you’re new to felting it might take you longer.

  • Consider where your piece will hang or be placed - it’s a good idea to keep this in mind as you’re making as it will motivate you to keep going.

  • Have you got everything you need to get ready to complete your project?

WATCH THE TUTORIAL HERE

How did you get on? I’d love to know.

And I look forward to joining me on my next needle felting adventure.