Monday, February 06, 2006
This is a mask I entered in a competition at the Knitting and Stitching show a few years ago. It came nowhere near being a winner. There were so many fantastic masks entered. One lady brought her mask in late and was not entered, but it was the most beautiful mask there in my opinion. I took a photo of it and will try and post it soon.
When I was a child my father told me stories from the Mabinogion at bedtime and they were so very real to me as they were supposed to have happened in the area where I was brought up. I lived in a place called Nantlle and the hero of these stories was called LLeu. The placename was thought to have been derived from the name Lleu. His mother had cursed him at birth so that he would not have a name, a weapon or a wife. His uncle Gwydion, the king of Gwynedd and Math the wizard overcame this curse and created him a wife out of wild flowers, but she betrayed him and was turned into an owl by the magician.
That is the story I was trying to convey with my mask.
I began embroidering my crazy quilt block this afternoon, but had not realized how rusty my hand stitching had become. The stitches just would not go where I wanted them to. I have always loved hand embroidery and I hope a little practice will help.