Taliesin: The Forest Dragon is complete. Taliesin is 6 feet tall and be surrounded by forest friends (a white snowy owl, black ant, family of mice and a snake). Taliesin is named after the 6th Century Welsh Bard whose poetry became legend as Merlin in the King Arthur Tales. This dragon has elements of tree and wizard, with a touch of magic. Taliesin is hand knit with over 12 miles of yarn and accented by felted leaves with hand dyed roving from MJ Yarns.
Taliesin's snake entwined rod (Staff of Asclepius) represents the magic of healing I experienced this year after a serious head injury in June of 2012. I am grateful to Tomas Jones (a Cranial Osteopath) who was able to heal the ringing in my ears, my vision and balance issues. My life is truly blessing by having the healing he was able to bring me. Many of the accents in this dragon honor his history, family and medical path.
Details: The cloak for this piece is hand-knit and appliqued to felt. Accents include: a hatband of white trumpet flowers over hair which is loose nettle roving. Substructure of PVC pipe and poly batting. Owl is 3 skeins of angora yarn, mice are felted from Cascade 220 worsted. I included one under construction photo of his face. Fingers are synthetic eagle talons, toes are synthetic bear claws with 20 coats of enamel paint. Eyes are handmade bead-work.
If you are interested in learning more about the historical Taliesin. I suggest books by John Matthews including: The Song of Taliesin, Tales from King Arthur's Bard and Taliesin, The Last Celtic Shaman.