Monday, 5 November 2012

Finished.........

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She has some of her symbols: a bowl of burning peat for the fire of the hearth, a hammer for the fire of the forge and a serpent for the fire of creativity. She also has some symbols of Imbolc, her feast day: a lamb for the renewal of life, a headdress representing the sun for the renewal of light, a protective spray of rowan, some shamrocks and the colours green and white. She also has her cloak, with a Brigid's cross or firewheel on the back and, of course, embroidery.

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The serpent is needlefelted. The last layer was needlefelted through net to give a scaly appearance.

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The bowl of fire and the hammer were both needlefelted.

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Her face is hand painted and lightly needlesculpted. Her beaded headdress represents the sun's rays. Her hair is wool fibre, some of it plaited.

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This is Brigid's Cross or firewheel, a protective symbol. It is embroidered here in cotton perle, but it would have been made with straw or willow. A piece of cloth representing Brigid's cloak would have been left outside on Imbolc (1st and 2nd February) then brought back into the house as a protective symbol.

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The lamb is needlefelted with a wire armature. I think she's finished, although I'm still not quite sure about that needlefelted cloak.

3 comments:

Shashi Nayagam said...

She is wonderful.

Mary Ann said...

Just lovely. You have put so much work into her. She's beautiful. Your little lamb is adorable:)

Conni said...

She's gorgeous! Love all of the details!