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Barbry Allen and Sweet William's Graves

Some of the spookiest stories I know are in the old folksongs, the Child Ballads and those that travelled from the (then) British Isles to the Appalachian mountains. The songs are usually judged by affictionados on how high the body count is. One of the oldest and best known of these is a (sort of) love song about a girl depicted as a hard hearted--uh--witch--and a fellow named Sweet William who loved her and called her to his bedside to tell her he was dying of sorrow for love of her. She says, "Yeah right, but remember when you were toasting all the girls at the pub? Did you mention me? I think not! Die and see if I care." Well, the thing was, she did care and he did die and then so did she. Body count 2. But the spooky part (traditional verse included with pattern) is that when they were buried side by side in the church yard, her grave sprouted a briar and his a rose and they twined around each other in the old Celtic knot symbolic of true love. So here, for Halloween, are their graves and the knotted vines. I would do this pattern in flat peyote so you can see both stones and the true love knot but you can make it as a two sided amulet bag if you like. I would also embellish the true lover's knot using Aurora Matthew's pattern for teensy roses item 2419, and do the briar as a very short stick fringe, then knot the two together appropriately. But that's just me. It works fine flat too.

Project Type: Bead
Stitch: brick, tubular or flat peyote
Beads Used: delicas
Approx Finished Size: 5.85X3.67
Pages to Print: 3

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