Bird of Legends.

Raven Crow Textile Wallhanging, Hand Painted Fabrics, Embellished with Beads and Hand Embroidery

Crow or Raven?

There are many references to crows and ravens in legends and literature, with their shiny, black plumage, croaking call, and stately walk, they have long been of interest to creators of myths and legends.

In Greek mythology, ravens are associated with Apollo, the God of Prophecy. Crows and Ravens were thought to be a symbol of good luck, and were the god’s messengers in the mortal world. While in modern day England it is believed that the Kingdom of England will fall if the Ravens are removed from the Tower of London.

Here in my garden I see many crows and ravens, which I hope will bring good luck to my efforts in growing vegetables for my family. In reality I know that they are only after the free offerings that they find on the compost heap. And I know that when seeds and early transplants disappear it is most likely the crows that are to blame, but there’s no harm in believing!

Whether they are friend or foe, they are undeniably beautiful and provide plenty of inspiration for the artist.

Using a number of black fabrics of different textures, I pieced together a Crow giving a backward glance to the gardener behind.

Raven Crow Textile Wallhanging, Hand Painted Fabrics, Embellished with Beads and Hand Embroidery

Is anyone looking?

I hand painted remnants of cotton with fabric paints and pieced them together to give an appearance of earth and sky. The individual feathers, beak and legs were then hand embroidered into position. Embroidered grasses were added and embellished with pinky seed beads and the crow’s feathers were further highlighted with lace and yet more beads.

Raven Crow Textile Wallhanging, Hand Painted Fabrics, Embellished with Beads and Hand Embroidery

Embroidered grasses and seed beads for grass heads.

Raven Crow Textile Wallhanging, Hand Painted Fabrics, Embellished with Beads and Hand Embroidery

Individual feathers embellished with lace and beads.

The final touch to my Crow, was his beady eye. It was then finished as a wall hanging, with a white cotton backing and hanging tabs.

Raven Crow Textile Wallhanging, Hand Painted Fabrics, Embellished with Beads and Hand Embroidery

Finished wallhanging, with blue cotton framing.

The wallhanging measures, 27 1/2″ high, (including the hanging tabs) and 17″ wide and can be purchased for $195 CAD, on my Etsy Store or by contacting me directly.

By Jane Fowler