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Bits and bobs

By helenlinda
My duck has decided that its time to lose his land legs and set forth - shivers my shimbers to think of how cold it is out there on the high sees at this time of the year. I won't tell him, if you won't, but this boat only sails round and round in circles as its part of a mobile in my back room - but he thinks he's a sailor - so I will continue to humour him!!!

Many thanks for comments and clicks yesterday - they were very amusing and much appreciated - and number 19 had green peppers and fresh tomatoes cooked inside it - NO carrots!!
Lots of people guessed veggie - but no outright winner - although Mick wins on the number of casserole dishes that he got given as wedding presents !!!

Today is a still life with two unknown items in it. All were things found at Mum and Dad's home when we emptied it - but I've no idea what they are other than the cotton reels - any ideas?
Thanks for looking
Helen

LARGE is helpful

Tags: Still life Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Textured layers by shadowhouse creations January 2011 Cotton reels Unknown implements

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Comments


Ray42 8 3 England
12 Jan 2011 9:05AM
An excellent still life - like the processing too

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Freila 6 107
12 Jan 2011 9:07AM
Great still life, very nice work.
Freila
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
12 Jan 2011 9:10AM
They are instruments off torture Helen.To be used on anyone who gives a casserole dish for a wedding present !!
Mick.
pdcche 5 4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 9:19AM
Nice image, like it.. Peter
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 9:23AM
Thanks Ray, Freila, Mick and Peter . They do look a bit that way Mick !!!
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 9:38AM
The processing here elevates this from the mundane to the spectacular. Clueless about what they are, but my 3rd form needlework report read 'Lynne with a needle is like a flea with a poker.'
12 Jan 2011 9:39AM
that serrated thingy makes holes on pattern paper
you can also use it on material for indentations
love they way you have processed the image
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 9:40AM
Thanks Lynne and Barbara
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
12 Jan 2011 9:40AM
The wooden handled thingy looks a bit like a small pastry cutter! An interesting still life, Helen, hope someone comes up with the ID for the two mystery items. Carol
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 9:49AM
Thanks Carol
mrswoolybill Plus
9 927 1463 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 10:02AM
I'm sure the thing with the little wheel is for producing a serrated line on paper, I have seen similar but not for a long time. (For pastry the edge of the wheel would zigzag rather than going in and out. I have one somewhere in the depths of a kitchen drawer.) The other item looks as though it might be used for sharpening a blade?
More importantly, this is a superb image. I like the space you've allowed for the thread to wind, that's the photographer's eye. And the processing gives a distant, almost ghostly feel.
Moira
wolfy 12 36 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 10:12AM
Super stil life work Helen, love the processing here
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 10:19AM
Thanks Moira and Wolfy
woolybill1 Plus
9 22 67 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 10:33AM
Excellent processing that gives an appropriate 'feel' to the age of the subjects without overindulging the digital effects. A very fine still-life photo.
I regret that I can't identify the implements, though I can confirm that the other two things are cotton reels Wink
Bill

P.S.: Thank you for reminding me about the 'Colour blocks'; I seem to have forgotten them for a whole year!
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 10:35AM
Thanks - it took some scrolling back Bill, but was refreshing to see them again.
bayleaf1 6 7 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 11:38AM
Super creative work. A great theme.
John.
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 11:38AM
love the title helen cracking detail and colour a stunner very very nice one Wink
andy
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 12:01PM
Thanks John and Andy
12 Jan 2011 12:43PM
Not an old fashioned veggie cutter by chance? Wink
Lovely still life work.
Doc
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
12 Jan 2011 12:49PM
I believe these are all sewing instruments. The serrated roller was used to trace a pattern onto fabric using carbon paper underneath. I think the metal object is a little hex wrench used to tighten sewing machine screws. It may also be a riveting tool used to put on snaps.
Your treatment of them is totally fantastic.
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 1:01PM
Thanks Tony and Jolne - many thanks Joline for your helpful information
SlowSong Plus
7 6.2k 29 England
12 Jan 2011 1:09PM
No carrots!!! Well, knock me down with a feather. Smile

Love these bits and pieces. It's amazing how many people have ancient cotton reels like this. I know I've still got some cottons belonging to my grandmother.

Lovely arrangement and great use of textures.

Chris
User_Removed 8 26 2 United States
12 Jan 2011 1:15PM
Absolutely love this texturing and composition! Outstanding.
Christina
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 1:15PM
Thanks Chris and Christina - I think carrots foiled most people Chris
Cormy 8 3 England
12 Jan 2011 1:18PM
Super work,Helen.
Cheers
Alan
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 1:19PM
Thanks Alan
tigertimb 8 40 66 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 1:33PM
Excellent still life Helen, great layout and I love the prcessing.

All specualation for me but I'd guess the same as everyone else for the spiked wheel and woder if you could use it on tougher material like leather in preparation for stitching?

My guess for the object in the centre is as a generic handle for a tool that requires both pressure and twisting - hence maybe the swivelling base that sits in your palm? I have a set of screwdriver bits that come with a handle like this, but maybe this is for an 'awl' instead?
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
12 Jan 2011 1:56PM
Well, I'd have sworn there were some carrots in that casserole...
I think Tim's right about the serrated thingy being used for tougher materials like leather, which would otherwise be difficult to hand stitch. No idea at all about the other thingy, though. A great still life, Helen, like the textured background.
TrevB Smile
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 2:00PM
Thanks Tim and Trev. The "handle" sounds a possibility Tim. Thanks for your suggestions
barmymarny 6 1 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 2:01PM
I love this, what a fabulous creation!

Marilyn x
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 2:02PM
Tyhanks Marilyn
12 Jan 2011 2:44PM
A beautifully constructed still life shot, Helen, I am with Joline as to the purpose of the implements.
Roy
barmymarny 6 1 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 2:52PM
Only me again Helen. Just dropped back to give you a User Award.

Marilyn x
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
12 Jan 2011 3:01PM
Really impressive work here.

Ken
mrjes 13 2 United States
12 Jan 2011 3:04PM
Very. very nicely done.
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 3:13PM
Thanks to Ken and to John for their comments
.............and a HUGE thank you to Marilyn for her User Award - wow !!
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 3:29PM
Thanks Roy - we seem to have arrived at what the implements are for
12 Jan 2011 3:37PM
Beautiful and love the tones in this. So perfect for this image.........Sandy
Alvar 9 23 2 France
12 Jan 2011 3:47PM
Great Shot. Well done.
Alvar
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 3:47PM
Thanks Sandy and Alvar
baclark 7 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 3:52PM
The wheeled thing you've had identified, I remember an elderly Aunt using one. As for the other item..... pass! I enjoy the aged effect you've given the image and your composition of the items.
Barbara
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 3:54PM
Thanks Barbara
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
12 Jan 2011 4:14PM
The metal thing might be for setting snaps

A wonderfull image, but it has all been said-- thanks for the inspiration!

Jennnn
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 4:27PM
Thanks Jenn - I wonder what you will come up with now!!
12 Jan 2011 4:40PM
UA so deserved for this... love the processing and the fact it hold memories is even better Helen.. xx
CathyT 10 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 5:03PM
Nicely done...
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 5:47PM
Thanks Dawn and Cathy
videotec 8 8 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 5:55PM
This is super work Helen, I love the subtle tones.
Regards
Pete
imagio 9 12 1 England
12 Jan 2011 6:06PM
Superb Helen

Bernie
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 7:57PM
so beautifully taken and processed I cant help with the ID but tend to agree with suggestions already made - I CAN agree the cotton reels Wink
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 9:00PM
Thanks Pete, Bernie and Ann - so far Ann NO one disagrees about the cotton reels !!!
RobboB Plus
9 111 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 9:10PM
This is a rather wonderful and evocative still life. Like it very much
Rob
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 9:13PM
Thanks Rob
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
12 Jan 2011 10:54PM
I really like this Helen probably because I have done something rather similar and which i have hummed and hawed about uploading. Maybe i will now.

Albert
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 10:56PM
Look forward to seeing it Albert - and thanks for the 50th click and for your comment
Source 6
12 Jan 2011 11:20PM
Amazing detailed image that has a wonderful style
-source
Anjantoo 8 7 1 England
13 Jan 2011 12:33AM
Beautiful aged work Helen, I knew the spikey thing but no idea what the metal bit is! Wooden cotton reels, you never see them now do you, I remember doing french knitting with wooden cotton reels, never ever made anything out of these 20'+ colourful snakes but they passed time!
Jann
xxx
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2011 8:10AM
Thanks Source and Jann - I also remember the French Knitting and making one for my daughter to use too.
Richsr Plus
9 90 222 England
13 Jan 2011 8:44AM
Like the details and good textures in this one.
Well worked.
Regards Richard
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2011 8:56AM
Thanks Richard
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
13 Jan 2011 9:58AM
this works really well with the texture. congrats on the user award.lesley
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2011 10:47AM
Thanks Lesley
bricurtis Plus
11 2.0k 49 England
13 Jan 2011 1:11PM
Excellent Helen - the cotton loops really add to this composition.
I like the new duck.Smile
Brian.
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2011 1:48PM
Thanks Brian - OK?
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
13 Jan 2011 3:53PM

Quote:That serrated thingy makes holes on pattern paper
you can also use it on material for indentations
love they way you have processed the image



I was going to say this Helen. I know when you have made holes in the pattern on top of material you can shake some French chalk through it !

Forgot to say . A beautiful still life xxx
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2011 4:24PM
Thanks Mavis - never seen French chalk used this way - fascinating
ChristineL 11 39 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2011 5:35PM
very interesting bits an bobs they are too, beautifully done,
Chris.
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2011 5:43PM
Thanks Christine
Suehh 9 39 6 England
15 Jan 2011 9:07AM
This is lovely Helen. Beautiful texture work - strangely - I have a very similar one on the go too - maybe I will wait a while to upload - LOL!

Sue
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2011 10:29AM
Thanks Sue - look forward to seeing it
SteveNZ 7 4 5 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2011 1:20PM
fab pic Wink
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2011 1:28PM
Thanks Steve
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2011 1:16PM
Nicely shot but it's a shame you didn't include the whole of the second cotton reel. Sad
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2011 5:07PM
Thanks Dave - I really didn't set this up for the right angle, as I needed drapes behind as well as below the cotton reels. I realised later that although I actually have got the whole cotton reel in, I could have done with more height above it

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