Art Elements Component of the Month Reveal – It’s all in the Runes.

This months Component comes in the form of these lovely copper Runes made by the very talented Niky Sayers. Sadly, the first thing I have to do this month is apologise for only having a work in progress to share with  you as time just ran away with me this month and I didn’t get the chance to start on my piece until yesterday. I hope however you can get some sense of what I’m trying to do.

Simply put runes are ‘small stones, pieces of bone, etc., bearing symbols with mysterious or magic significance, and used in divination…‘the casting of the runes’. (Oxford English Dictionary). As usual I forgot to photograph my Rune  before I started work on it so here it is part way into my design. This is ‘Jera‘ which signifies harvest, year or a fruitful year. Happily Jera is a rune of beneficial outcomes and applies to any endeavour to which you are committed because it involves a time span…no quick fixes here and the ‘year’ aspect symbolises a full cycle before you can harvest your rewards. This rune seems appropriate for me as I have decided that 2018 is going to be a year of creative discovery for me.

Although my Rune has its own particular meaning when I started thinking about what to make I wanted to do something that illustrated runes more broadly. I had a hankering to do some embroidery and eventually decided on a removable cloth cover for  a notebook…maybe even a spell book. As I said, I haven’t managed to get too far with this so the best idea I can give you of what I had in mind is this dummy version that I sketched the cover for. The idea is that all the runes except Jera will be embroidered on cloth and these will be intertwined with vines and leaves to represent the fruition of the harvest. As you can see, I’ve drilled my Jera rune and used it to make a leather binding for the book…I’m thinking this will be a loose, soft form removable cover that can be moved from book to book.

I did manage to get started on the embroidery for the front of the cover by tea staining some calico to give it an aged look and embroidering half the runes on the front and starting on the vines. The rest will go on the back and eventually the vines will weave their way across the entire piece and join up, with the binding sitting centre stage as a focal point.

When I started stitching the vines I made them more random than I did on my sketch as that felt a bit to formal and ‘Romanesque’ which didn’t feel quite right.
The pen marks are made with an air erasable pen and will eventually fade.

And that’s as far as I got but I will let you know how it turns out when it’s finished.
Very many thanks to Niky for making these lovely runes for us…I’m very excited to see what everyone else has made with theirs and you can join me on out blog hop using the links below.


Kelly Rodgers

Deb Fortin

Art Element Members:

Laney Mead

Lesley Watt

Caroline Dewison

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Susan Kennedy

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Jennifer Stout Cameron

Claire Fabian

Lindsay Starr

Niky Sayers




10 thoughts on “Art Elements Component of the Month Reveal – It’s all in the Runes.

  1. wow. This is creative out of the box thinking. I have a clear picture of what your intent is and am looking forward to seeing the final outcome. if you are like me it will be slightly different than you planned. (isn’t it always) I havent embroidered in years. your work reminds me of my mom’s and my grandma’s embroidered linens, some of which I still have packed away carefully.

  2. OH Lesley!!! This is going to be fabulous! This really speaks to me-you know how I love embroidery:-)
    You are well on your way to a gorgeous book cover. And the thread you chose….LOVE.

  3. PERFECT! I love everything about this design Lesley, the colours of the thread, the rustic looking leather, the tea staining and stitching oh my, such attention to detail! Thank you so much for playing along and I can’t wait to see how beautiful this looks when it is finished X

  4. Your embroidery is lovely and the colour gradient of the leaves just stunning! I look forward to see the finished piece! Also, just so you know, I will have to steal your clasp/closure idea! 😉

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