The ochre yellow ‘Melyn’ throw is one of four limited edition throws in my Trevose Head Collection. They have been designed and handwoven by me, as part of my project to raise money to support the work of the National Trust in protecting and caring for the rich and diverse wildlife of the headland.
£50 from the sale of each throw will go directly to support the Trust’s work at Trevose Head, preserving this place through careful habitat management, and maintaining and improving footpaths and access for everyone.
The pattern and colours in these throws are inspired by my own very special memories of Trevose Head, having spent my childhood summers at Parsons Hut – a supposed smugglers hut – which sits perched on the cliffs above Booby’s Bay and nestled against the headland.
Melyn is the Cornish word for yellow, and this ochre yellow throw represents the wind rippled sandy beaches and dunes that lie to east and west of Trevose Head.
The Melyn throw conjures up fun and family life, the health promoting sun, idling with a book or watching over children at play while looking out to Trevose Head and the sea.
It also symbolises the dune grassland… habitat of the rare White Sandhill Snail – an edible snail that you will find in clusters atop tall stems, baking in the sun and reminding us of the Mediterranean cliffs from where it originates.
Amongst flora and fauna Melyn represents the Golden Samphire, Birdsfoot Trefoil commonly known as ‘Eggs and Bacon’, Gorse, and Lady’s Bedstraw that adorn the coastal footpath, and the many different seashells found along the strandline.
The ochre yellow Melyn throw is a perfect gift for beachcombers. And the beaches around Trevose Head offer an incredible diversity of interesting things to discover, from Mermaid’s Purses – the egg cases of various sharks, rays and skate – to jelly fish, crab shells and all manner of seaweeds and sea shells.
Of course as in the 1960’s when, after a storm, you would have come across french soda pop and washing up liquid bottles, you still can find a lot of undesirable flotsam – from a discarded pen to the infamous lego that went over board some years ago, and all manner of colourful nylon string and such like.
So for beachcombers, coastal path walkers and sun bathers, the ‘Melyn’ throw makes the perfect memento – just right for winter nights when you want a little reminder of a delightful summer spent in this beautiful place.
About the Trevose Head Collection
My aim is to weave and sell 100 of these throws in order to raise £5,000 – the cost of caring for the entire coastal path around Trevose Head for one year.
There are four colours to choose from in a design that evokes the constant movement and shape shifting of the windswept and sea battered headland, the beauty of the surrounding coast, the pleasure of the surrounding sandy beaches, and the unique geology of the rock and the prehistoric remains that lie beneath the surface.
I am working in collaboration with the South West Regional National Trust and the throws are currently available to purchase here on my website but will shortly be stocked in the National Trust shops at Carnewas at Bedruthan Steps and Boscastle.
I have arranged with the South West Regional National Trust to pay my donations directly to them on a periodic basis. You can see how my campaign is going by visiting my Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/madeleine-jude