Have you may have seen my latest pattern, Rock Pool Catch featured on my Facebook or Instagram feed? This article provide some inspiration for you weather you sew or not! The pattern is a part of the Spring Issue 20 of One Thimble sewing magazine. (Affiliate link to magazine, and to individual pattern)
I really loved seeing that the pitch for this issue was based around the beach as I grew up beside the sea and love sharing it with my kids. This is the main inspiration for the pattern, my love of the beach and playing for hours.
When I began to delve deeper to see what creatures I’d like to include, I knew that there were a couple of wonderful picture books I love to share with my kids that include creatures of tide pools or rock pools.
The first book, a personal favourite, is ‘Magic Beach’ by Alison Lester. The mix of realistic beach experiences with imagination and rhyme makes it a truly magical book.
The second is ‘At the Beach’ by Roland Harvey. This book is written as postcards to Grandma from the children on their holiday at Crabby Spit. I love that there is so much to see in every single illustration of this book.
Both the texts relate to anyone who has had a vacation at the beach. Doing a quick internet search, you can find a mountain of activities to match both of these books, if you are not inclined to sew or would like to add to the fun.
Lastly, I took a look through National Geographic and found some wonderful photographs of Australian rock pool creatures.
From all of these sources, I was able to come up with the 10 creatures you see in the pattern.
I’d love to see your creations, if you either use activities related to the books and were inspired here or if you have a go at making up the pattern.