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1  The Deer's Cry, my needlework entry in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by mnethia on: December 03, 2013 07:23:57 PM
As soon as I saw the pattern, I wanted to make him albino. I tried to manipulate the banner in the original pattern so I could add words, but my lack of Photoshop and patience caused me to abandon that thought quickly. Up until 3 days ago, I was all set on including a Russian idiom in Cyrillic; "Your elbow is near, yet you cannot lick it." nearly won out. However, some late night Googling caused me to change paths, and I present to you "The Deer's Cry":

the deer's cry by mnethia, on Flickr

The name for my piece comes from the Lorica of Saint Patrick (]http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/Poetry/StPatrick.html), also known as The Deer's Cry. The words at the top, chun cinn m inniu, is Irish (according to Google translate) of the refrain "I arise today".

the deer's cry zoom by mnethia, on Flickr

I used varying shades of ecru to suggest the coloring and hairline. Once I was happy with that, I filled in the gaps with white. I swapped out the pine branches for laurel. Laurel is considered a symbol of triumph over temptation or trials in early Christian works, while a stag is a symbol of piety, or Jesus himself, depending on where you read.

Like I said, this went in a completely different direction that gags in Russian. I'm pretty happy with how this turned out! Eventually I'm going to hoop it and prepare it to hang, but I wanted to get the pictures up Smiley
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