The funeral boat of Scyld Scefing

Progress continues with my first Beowulf ‘vignette’ depicting the funeral boat of Scyld Scefing.   In the end I’ve stuck to a fairly robust medieval color palette to help create that manuscript look.  The work is stitched with laid and couched work, stem stitches, back stitches and gold work.    Accompanying text in Old English comes directly from the poem.

A knotty linguistic problem to do with additional runes not yet appearing has just been solved with the help of some extremely talented and learned acquaintances in a rune writing/reading group on Facebook.  Those runes will shortly be added, along with more ‘ice’ beading, ship rivet beading or stitching (not made up my mind yet) and a lot more gold.  The goldwork has barely commenced at the time of these photographs.

Hopefully I should be done in a week and moving on to Hrothgar in Heorot.

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