Isn't this a great image? Karl took this a few visits ago when we found this thing, which I have forgotten what it is - sea anenome?? - on the beach. Doesn't it just inspire embroidery ideas? There are lots of treasures on the beach with the most wonderful texture. I love the roundy protuberences on this oyster shell, and look at that subtle colouration.
This abalone shell has even more interesting textures, and love those colours! (click for close ups)