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Ouroboros Of Transformation

Extract from Mystical Stitches • By Johnson, Christi • Published by Timber Press


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Mystical Stitches
A symbol of our cyclical nature and infinite possibilities for renewal, the snake devouring its own tail is known as an ouroboros. The flame of transformation swiftly engulfs the ways of the past, burning them off in order to bring about new potential. This is a talisman for embracing change and aligning yourself with your true powers.


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© 2022 Johnson, Christi / Timber Press · Reproduced with permission. · Excerpted from Mystical Stitches, by Christi Johnson. Published by Storey Publishing. Illustrations by © Nina Chakrabarti and Ilona Sherratt.
  • How to embroider art. Ouroboros Of Transformation - Step 1
    Step 1

    See the pattern.

  • Step 2

    Outline the snake in silver, using blanket stitch for the belly side and backstitch for the outer edge and head.

  • Step 3

    Use silver to create Xs of snake scales by filling the outer edge of the body with diagonal stitches in one direction, beginning at the spokes of the blanket stitch. Then cross over these with diagonal stitches in the other direction.

  • Step 4

    Beginning at the inside of the fire, chain stitch single rows of copper. Surround these with a row of golden chain stitch at the top. Finish the flames by surrounding in yellow chain stitch.

  • Step 5

    Add stars in ivory using French knots and star stitch. Add the snake eyes in ivory by making two detached chain stitches next to one another; top with a French knot in copper.

  • Step 6

    Create crosses in copper at the bottom with straight stitches tacked down at their intersection. Then make French knot dots surrounding the snake at top.

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