Day 2 of this exchange is my assigned number. For those of you who do not know me, I have a tendency to over think a project by either going over board on the research or technique. This year I didn't over think the project as much as I wanted to find the perfect representation for what I wanted to accomplish.
I became enchanted with the very act of decorating trees. I decided I wanted to work with fabric and create my interpretation of a "cloot," which in Scottish means little cloth. Through my personal experience and studies, I have come to know many cultures have a practice where tying a piece of cloth to a branch of a tree acts as an offering or prayer. The image of a silent prayer wrapped to an up-reaching tree arm was simply beautiful to me.
For my "cloot," I used a piece of hand dyed muslin embroidered with oiled and resin papers. I choose the symbol of the dove to represent my prayer of peace for the members of this exchange using felt and seed beading. The felted heart and chain represents love as well as the bridge one's prayer travels.
And to you, who are reading this post, I offer you this prayer to you and yours for a most joyous season and year to come.
May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire, so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it. And may light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in the window of a house, bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm. And may the blessing of the rain be on you, may it beat upon your Spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines, and sometimes a star. And may the blessing of the earth be on you, soft under your feet as you pass along the roads, soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day; and may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it. May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly; up and off and on its way to God. And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly.
Beannachd Dia dhuit
Traditional Scottish Prayer
* The angel image on tag by The Graphics Fairy
* For more information on the tradition of Clooties, please visit here.