Sunday, 22 June 2014

I is for Inky Darkness, Imps and Ireland


I is for Inky Darkness from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.

Inky darkness, because everything is scarier in the dark; if we can't see then our other senses take over, every sound is amplified, every creak, every echo sounds suspicious, every shadow hides - who know what?  We hide under our blankets and wait for the safety of dawn.  Shadows may be scary but they do make great silhouettes perfect for stitching, either black on white fabric or how about black on the new glow-in-the dark fabric from Sewitall?



But, without the dark we would not be able to appreciate the light:

Finished Piece from Quirkorium

What is an imp?  A small demon who is more mischievious than harmful.  Perfect for some trick or treating on Hallowe'en.   I found it rather difficult to find cross stitched imps but Nimue does have Mic and Mac who are rather sweet:


Back in this post about the Origins of Hallowe'en I talked about the Celtic countries where Samhain was celebrated; Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.  The Irish emigrating to America in the 18the Century would certainly have taken their traditions and superstitions with them.  Once again, it was tricky to find Irish Hallowe'en designs, there are any number of St. Patrick's Day themed charts to choose from!  So I thought I'd share some Irish Blessings instead to preserve us from the Inky Darkness and Mischievious Imps:



And just because I liked him, and he is a kind of Imp, there is this Leprechaun Fiddler:


  



7 comments:

cucki said...

Beautiful stitching xxx

Jacquie Morris said...

Love it!
Thank You!!
Your stitch is awesome :)

Angel Blue said...

Love this entry and the cross stitching.

Lili said...

Nice post!
"Dark Alphabet" is very beautiful! :)
Thanks for telling what is a imp ;)

Marcy said...

Love the Dark Shadows! Another for my 'to do' list.

SoCal Debbie said...

Great collection of Imps! Glow-in-the-dark fabric sounds like fun!

Stitching Noni said...

I don't know which one I love the most - the imps or the fiddler! :o)