Ritual Burials: Bat

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Second in this series, the bat started out in the very same way, with the white on white skeleton and glow-in-the-dark outline.

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To make the stumpwork Deadly Nightshade I first took some wooden beads and enlarged the hole a little before wrapping it with single strand black cotton and securing with a little glass bead. For the sepals I couched down the wire in a star shape before covering the whole thing in embroidery then drawing up the sides to make a little cup for the berry.

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The super shiny leaves were made in the same way, the sheen achieved simply through directional stitching. The stem is just some couched down string.

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The opium poppy leaf was made in exactly the same way.

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Guess what…so were the petals.

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The seed head was just a piece of felt drawn through then embroidered.

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Assemble!

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I broke out the ol’ goldwork skills for this All Seeing Eye, first embroidering the eye, then edging in overstretched pearl purl, and filled with bright check.

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// B A T / N I G H T //
Once thought to be physical manifestations of the souls of the dead, and messengers between witches and the Devil, this ritual burial shows the Bat with the rune Eihwaz representing death, and magical communication through dreaming. It is shown with Deadly Nightshade representing far sight, and Opium Poppy for vision in dreams to other worlds. The trio are linked by the full moon and the All Seeing Eye.

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