Ritual Burial: Wolf

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It starts as they all do.

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I was quite intimidated by this one. I’ve been knocking these out about one per month but the Wolf took me nearly double that and I think it’s cos I couldn’t figure out a clever way to do the Wolfsbane flowers. Their shape is weird and I couldn’t think of a way to do it in stumpwork.

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So they pretty much ended up in plain flat work. Which felt weird for me but was the best way of expressing them I guess.

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The stem was variegated which is why it looks a little stripy. Then on to the flowers.

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So I lied, they were a little bit 3D. Just padded with felt on the hoods.

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I’d forgotten how nice just plain old embroidery can be. I’m pretty pleased with how these turned out. Next I got my metal threads out again.

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Not the best example of the technique in the world to be honest, I struggled to get the tiny bits to lay flat.

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On the other hand, these moon phases were really fun to do.

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Did I say fun? I meant really fucking annoying. It’s all nice and shiny on the front but the back looks like the Cthulu came to tea.

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So plunging and couching all that down was a day’s work.

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So yea. This was my flattest piece for a while. I really like it though.

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\\ W O L F //

The wolf represents intuition and learning, and can be the most faithful of animal guides. Mysterious and magical, wolf legends are ancient, especially those connecting wolves with the moon and shapeshifting. Shown here, the wolf-ghost is flanked by wolfsbane – so named as the spittle that fell from the three headed hell-hound Cerberus, guarding the gates of Hades, became the first one. It is also used by werewolves to cure themselves and also to become invisible. The mythology of the man-wolf is also represented by the moon phases as transformation, and by the magic of the silver dagger. Finally the rune Othala represents wisdom and integration, and in Norse mythology Odin’s final destruction at the hands of the Fenris Wolf.
The last wolf in Britain was thought to have been killed near the source of the river Findhorn in Scotland in 1743.

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