Signets are loosely based on "tribal" tattoo-like designs and can be stitched on any color cloth using any color thread.
Medallion snakes: Tenne and Or
Size = 5” x 9” (14 ct.)
Medallion snakes: Sanguine and Vert
Size of Sanguine = 5” x 10” (14 ct.)
Size of Vert = 5” x 9” (14 ct.)
Medallion snakes: Fire and Water
Size of Sanguine = 5” x 13” (14 ct.)
This mask is shaped like some of the moths from the genus Antheraea. These are large moths, many of which have eyespots on the wings. They are not as colorful as other moths of the family Saturniidae to which they belong, but their caterpillars form cocoons of silk that are collected from the wild to produce a type of silk called “tussah” that is rougher than the silk collected from domesticated species of silk moths. The North American Polyphemus moth belongs to the genus Antheraea. The Polyphemus moth has a 6 inch wingspan and is a tannish brown color with large eyespots on the hindwings. Their caterpillars feed on a variety of tree species.
Size = 12“ x 5.5“ (16 ct.)
This design was an experiment in mask making. I’ve always enjoyed the highly decorated half masks of the Mardi Gras celebrations that I attended when working on my Master’s degree in Louisiana. I can’t wear them, because of my glasses, so I decided to make some in a different way. The “official” name of the half mask is ‘colombina’. They were originally worn by characters of the Commedia dell'arte, a type of theatre performance popular in 14th – 17th century Italy. This kind of mask is worn by Carnival goers the world over and has been popular for centuries.
Size = 10.5“ x 5.5“ (16 ct.)
A New Idea
I’ve been toying with the idea of a series of signet butterflies for some time now. This is the first, and largest, of the lot. It is basically the wing patterns of a butterfly without the rest of the insect’s body. This particular one is the common tree nymph (Idea stolli), a fairly common species in the rainforests and cloud forests of SE Asia. It is a large butterfly with a wingspan of almost seven inches. Females are larger than males. The natural markings are black against white or pale gray wings and body, so I have obviously taken some artistic license with the color. They are slow fliers, which make them relatively easy to photograph. This odd behavior (along with their striking coloration) helps to advertise that they are toxic to predators. Their caterpillars feed on plants of the genus Agonosma, from which they acquire toxins that protect them throughout their lives. Butterflies of this genus are sometimes seen in butterfly zoos.
Size = 14” x 7” (14 ct.)
Size = 9.5“ x 12“ (14 ct.)
This design came about as I was toying with ideas of combining my signet dragons and the medallions. It started out as a square, like a chess board. So, I decided to give it a chess term as a name. Chess is a very old two-player strategy game with many varieties all over the world. I learned to play as a child when my older brother started beating our farther and my brother needed another opponent. I ended up teaching my younger brother and we have all been teaching and playing with their children. The game tends to pass through families in this way. Now, it can be played against computers, but is far more fun with a living opponent. “Checkmate” is what you say when you’ve trapped your opponent’s king and won the game.
Size = 14“ x 14“ (14 ct.)