When we go on vacation, we often bring back keepsakes to remind us of our trip. One popular item is a seashell, which can come in various sizes and types of sea creatures. These shells serve as a reminder of our summer holidays when we place them in our homes. The Shell machine embroidery design from Royal Present Embroidery can also serve this purpose. No matter where you place the embroidery, simply looking at it can transport you to memories of the salty coastal air and the soothing sound of waves.
Did you know that shells and the creatures that live in them are more complex than they appear? The design of a particular shell was modelled after a gastropod mollusc, commonly known as a snail. However, this isn't the same tiny snail that might munch on plants in your garden. Some deep water species can grow quite large, such as the Australian Trumpet, which is the largest of them all. The giant clam on record weighed 40 pounds and had a shell height of 90 centimeters! Just imagine how creepy it would be if that snail were the same size as your furry friend.
Did you know that the largest land snail is the Giant Tiger? According to the Guinness Book of Records, the biggest specimen had a shell measuring 11 inches! Sadly, these snails are facing a rapid decline in their native Africa, as the local population is using them as a food source.
Machine embroidery design Shell
Size: 56.5×98.6 mm (2.22×3.88 “), Stitches: 13728
Formats: .dst, .jef, .pec, .vip, .hus, .pes, .exp, .sew, .dat, .vp3, art
If you have an interest in snails but find the idea of eating them unappealing, there is an intriguing alternative. The Tiger snail makes for an exotic pet and is currently quite popular. When provided with a warm, humid habitat, they can thrive and live for up to seven years.
Gastropods are known for their unique variety of shell forms, all of which share a common characteristic - being coiled. Interestingly, the majority of these shells are twisted to the right. To determine the direction of the spiral, simply hold the shell in your hand and turn up the sharp end.
In the food chain, the classic right spiral plays a crucial role. Sea crabs, who prey on gastropod molluscs, can only open their shells with their right claw. This is because their nails fit perfectly like a lock and key. However, some molluscs have evolved to twist their shells to the left to protect themselves from arthropod predators.
Abandoned shells make great souvenirs, with smaller ones washing up on shore and larger ones requiring a dive to find. If you didn't bring back a beautiful shot from your vacation, consider an embroidered design of a shell. When set against a dark background and framed, the embroidery is just as impressive as a natural shell and can be used to decorate your desk, shelf, or living room wall.