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Make a Pictish Stone out of felt!
Forres is an ancient town on the NE Coast of Scotland. It is well known for its MacBeth connections (the hill where MacBeth reputedly met the 3 Witches is here), Sueno's Stone, a mammoth Pictish carved stone depicting a battle, and the Witch Stones, one of which is located on a main street. It's a pretty town located near the North Sea!

This project celebrates all things Pictish--the Picts were the ancient people of this area, and they left many enigmatic carved stones behind them. This felt stone uses 2 common Pictish motifs--the Z-Rod & Disc and a Pictish Beastie (which I personally think is a Kelpie, or Water Horse). I drew inspiration for the designs from the Rodney Stone, located just a few miles outside of Forres.

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Posted by ElizabethJuddTaylor from Forres, Scotland, United Kingdom • Published

  • 114132_2F2016-05-02-170611-rockform.pdf 7.42 KB [ Download ]
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  • 114132_2F2016-05-02-170623-z-rod_26disc.pdf 9.38 KB [ Download ]
  • Step 1

    Cut out two rock pieces from your grey felt. I have included the shape I used, but feel free to improvise! Pictish stones tend to be the same shape as a standing stone--rectangular.

  • Step 2

    Using the 2 designs I have supplied, the Pictish Beast, aka kelpie (water horse), and the Z-rod & disc. Trace one design on each rock piece (you will be sewing these together, so keep that in mind when tracing the designs). I used 3 strands of mossy colored embroidery floss for stitching. Once you have traced the patterns, have fun free stitching! I used simple straight stitches and French knots.

  • Step 3

    Place the rock pieces together, embroidered sides together, and sew together on a machine (or hand sew if you wish). Leave a small space open, then turn the stone right-sides out, stuff, and sew the opening up. Ta-daaaaaa! You have a soft felt Pictish stone!

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