Monday, February 06, 2006

The Mabinogion



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.

9 comments:

Micki said...

I love your mask. Enjoyed the story and I think you did a great job of interpreting th character.

abeautifulcraft said...

The mask is so unique and a real 'part' in the story. Don't panic too much in regards to your stitching .. took me awhile to get back into the swing of things too! I use a ruler to help me keep evenish (is that a word lol) stitches ...
Happy Birthday too,
Sandie in Oz

Grumpy said...

Fabulous mask Margaret! When you feel ready to take up the puppet challenge, how about making the wife out of wildflowers. That would be wonderful. Then we'll get you a tent on the beach in the summer re-enacting the Welsh ledgends.

MargaretR said...

Hi Micki, Sandy and Grumpy, thanks for looking in.
I have been thinking of making some panels using the story as my inspiration.
I will try putting a few dots here and there with a ruler to keep the stitching staight.
Good idea that Sally, making puppets from the story! They already have a Punch and Judy show in Llandudno, but I haven't seen it for years.

Robin Green Eye said...

MARGARET! That is amazing!

Zaz said...

fantastic mask! absolutely wonderful - is it hand stitched?? It certainly captures the elements of the story your father related.´

great!

Sara

MargaretR said...

Thanks Robin. I would like to know the whereabouts of this mask now as I left it there to be sent to a hospice or hospital.

judypatooote said...

I'm so impressed Margaret....now is that painted or is it material. I can't seem to be able to tell... all I know is it is beautiful, and I loved your story.......

MargaretR said...

Thanks Judy. It's all machine stitched covering a papier mache mask I made.