I'm working on, an heirloom project, nine women artists, nine months.... You get the idea...
On a post Christmas walk I found this heart, a perfect find. I'm using the flint as a starting point for an amulet, which is one of the items I need to make for the heirloom project.
The tiny flint heart will be tucked inside a small cotton bag, onto which I have stitched an image of a real heart, it is my interpretation of a 'brevi bag' - A prayer amulet.The history of 'brevi' is woven within ancient Italian folk-law and as I understand it they were tucked into a baby's cot. They contained herbs and prayers and sometimes tokens to protect the child from evil.
(I've popped a thimble in the pocket to give you an idea of the size.)
This one has a tiny hand stitched pocket in which I will put a little prayer.
Almost done....Going to give my eyes a rest.