To commemorate my 50th post, I wanted to share some of what I have been up to, instead of only talking about it. Our memory card adapter had walked off awhile ago, and I finally got to borrow my sister’s camera to take some pictures of the different crafts I have been working on.
First off is my Drum, named Sa’Voh (still a WIP, but slowly getting there)
This shows the size of Her, about the size of a small dinner plate. She has a nice sound and feels “right” when I hold her.
The leather is a rich brown, still soft after all the work done to it. I have started drawing and painting artwork to adorn Sa’Voh, going to add sigils and pictographs to dedicate Her further.
The lacing is hemp twine, still smells like wet rope, LOL.
This is the back, the handle is rawhide wrapped around the center of the lacing, with two circles of leather sewn over it to protect my hand while I play it. This same leather is used in the leather bag I sewed as well, to provide a connection between my tools.
The spaces between fit my grip quite nicely, I plan on wrapping the lacing in pieces of sheepskin painted with pictographs and figures to add to the music and Magic as I drum.
I also have a wooden handle that came off a well loved kitchen tool that I plan on sanding, wood burning, painting, and making into a beater for my drum. I also have a white sage smudge stick that was a gift that I plan on using to dedicate Sa’Voh once She is finally done.
I also wanted to share the bag I had worked on for my collection. The brown fabric isn’t true leather, but the texture and feeling is a nice contrast.
The black leather is from a journal that fell apart, and the brown is the same used for my drum handle.
I used red and burgundy thread to hem the edge of the bag, and each slit to add to the Magic of the bag, as well as to protect the fabric.
Here you can see the red thread used on the black leather more clearly. There are 9 slits in total in the black sides, for the 9 realms of the World Tree Yggdrasil.
The sheepskin was found in the automotive section of the store as polishing wipes for cars. But I decided my Collection needed a soft place to lay, so I sewed this into the bag. I plan on painting the leather later on, to protect my Collection, as well as to bind Them to me.
My next step for Sa’Voh is to paint and draw designs onto the skin, sew a strip of sheepskin around the edge (with symbols and figures painted/drawn onto it) and to hang charms and beads from Her to dedicate Her for use. I traced around the outermost circumference with a brown marker, and will add a little bit at a time (during naps mostly)
My next step with my bag, after I draw on the lining, is to braid a drawstring out of different cords and hang charms or beads from the ends. I also want to sew beads onto the sides, as well as the bottom to seal the protection and binding sigils.
Thank you for joining me on this journey, I have enjoyed sharing my path with you.