The the Celtic King Lir was blessed with a beautiful wife. She bore him four children, a daughter and three sons. But then the good king's queen took ill and died. King Lir remarried, as was the custom. In time, his new wife grew jealous of the children, who were loved by their countrymen and admired for their sweet singing voices. She became so angered that she cursed them. For 200 years they lived as swans, singing in the river by their home. For 600 more years, the were forced to live in ever worse conditions, untill they were ultimately freed of the curse, and regained their human bodies. Then they were old. They were baptised Christian and died.
Celtic myths are not often happy. But they are passionate, as are the people who wrote them.
I have problems choosing categories for Deviations.
This is an original drawing, and an original pattern, and the first stitiching ever of this pattern. It is blackwork, a method of drawing with thread. But it doesn't quite fit into DA's lists. Artisan crafts are most often thought of as artisan renderings of other people's designs. Hmmm.
Anyway, I will shortly be doing the layout for the pattern so that it can be made available for purchase.
I am also using this image as the cartoon for a woodcarving.