shell we try something different?

I felt that Zenzo’s lampshades deserved a stitch I hadn’t tried before.  I riffled through my trusty old Mon Picot book of stitches and this caught my attention, although I can’t think why.  The photo does the stitch no justice, and the yellow is so disgusting that it offends my aesthetic discernment.   It is also called “shell stitch” but looks nothing like a shell to me – unless they were thinking of  mussel shells?  But I am perverse.  (I think now of Walt  Whitman who said, “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself. I am large and contain multitudes.”)


I tried the stitch. I got it all wrong. I ripped it out. I tried again.  It worked. I love it. I finished a whole lampshade. One down, nine to go.

I’m going to take it with me just now when I go down the road to return last night’s dvd and show it to Zenzo. It’s fine, he already knows I’m a bit daft (as Rowena would say).

To be continued…







5 thoughts on “shell we try something different?

  1. rowena

    I’ve never given that much thought to lampshades before, but your recent industry has prompted me to look at the ones I have in the flat…. not bad, but fairly unremarked since I bought them when I moved in 14 years ago!

    I hope Zenzo liked what you’ve done with the frame!

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      I’m sure he would have done if I’d remembered to take it with me. Doh. I had it on top of a pile of library books to return today, so I wouldn’t forget it when I left home. But when I got to the library I realised I had forgotten the books as well. Just home again, so (a) I will have to pay a library fine, and (b) Zenzo can see it tomorrow.


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