Creating this Found on Beach project has been interesting and a bit unsettling. I’m definitely an OCD neatnik type, whose personal motto is, “I love my OCD! “ So, trashing up a perfectly good hooked piece depicting a child’s pail and shovel on a sandy beach, was hard to do. I’m not sure I have added enough trash to it, but it will have to do. I can only take so much.
Here is the finishing process that I did. I bound the edges as I do with all of my hooked rugs [see my blog, “Binding the Cat”]. Then after hooking and prodding in most of the trash, I sewed the piece to foam core/board [recycled from another use] that was cut to the same dimensions of 18” x 24”. I sewed on a few more of the trash elements at that point.
I knew the final stage would be to attach the entire piece to a wood frame that my hubby made me for another project, which I never used. I wanted to use the colorful variety of buoy/ lobster trap rope that I found on a Cape Cod beach a few years ago. I nailed the rope to the outer edges of the wood frame and added a child’s flip flop for good measure. Then I carefully nailed the piece to the top of the frame by lifting the edges of the hooked piece and nailing through the foam board.
This is the fourth installment in my Mother Earth Speaks series. The next one will be plastic in the ocean, but first I think I’ll hook myself a rug with my motto “I love my OCD!” A little respite from the sad state of our Earth Mother.
There’s a lot of beauty out there. Let’s keep it that way!