Occasionally, when I’m really lucky, I spot a seal out in Connemara. Usually just a dark head in the water, and best of all, spotted when I am swimming in the sea. But I have never been really close to one. Thus, when I do see one, albeit from a distance, it is a very special moment. With their sleek bodies and liquid eyes I can fully understand why there are so many myths and legends about seals in Ireland. A selkie is a seal in the water but transforms into a human on land by shedding her seal skin. There are many stories about people stealing their skins and forcing them to live on land. I think my little seal has a knowing look in her eye and might just be a selkie, hence the title of the piece.
‘Selkie’ embroidery hoop art
‘Selkie’ is a textile hoop art, featuring a seal in a 6 inch embroidery hoop backed with felt for a smooth finish. It comes with a ribbon hanger, which can be removed if you prefer to prop it up instead.
It is made from an acrylic painting onto cotton fabric, which I then sew over with threads and my sewing machine, gradually building up the layers until I am happy with the way it looks. I then cut it out and applique it to the background fabric before framing it with the hoop.
It is very tactile and the beauty of the hoop is that you can touch it as much as you want!
Enjoy your textile hoop art anywhere in your home, but hang out of direct sunlight to avoid fading.
Please note that this hoop is made to order and you need to allow time (2 – 3 days) for it to be created. I will email you to let you know when it has been shipped.
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