Like most, my yarn stash is quickly dwindling as store closures make restocking more difficult than usual. Luckily, I had some colours leftover that just might work for a design I have been workshopping mentally since the relaunch of Classic World of Warcraft back in August 2019.
Choosing which symbol best fit the conversion from JPEG to wall hanging proved to be more difficult than I originally assumed. The Scarlet Crusade flew many banners, but the one I settled on replicating was their version of the Symbol of the Holy Light.
After Lord Uther the Lightbringer was betrayed and killed by his former apprentice Arthas Menethil, the Knights of the Silver Hand were devastated by the Scourge‘s undead armies. Isillien was formerly a priest of the Holy Light in Lordaeron, assigned to be the liaison for the Knights of the Silver Hand. There he worked closely with the elder High General Abbendis (the father of the younger Abbendis) and his youthful charges, tutoring the young paladins in their quest for truth. Priests and paladins fought as the Scourge attacked the city, but they fled as Lordaeron fell around them. Some whisper it was the wounds both men received in battle, or perhaps just the shock of seeing their whole purpose destroyed, but since that day both Isillien and Abbendis had become quite insane. Isillien and Abbendis wandered the area as the Scourge defiled the land, destroying what undead they could, gathering what warriors would join them. They had but one concern: eradication of all that had destroyed Lordaeron.
Yarn weighed and wound for the front panel of the wall hanging and we are ready to go!
The first issue I encountered was…well actually I didn’t encounter any issues really with this pattern. I have a funny feeling that I won’t have much to write about for this one so let’s just roll the pretty pictures, hm?
I have found that between work sessions, that blocking your work can help with any tension issues that may crop up. As a rule, I try to make as much progress in one work session as possible so that my tension is more or less consistent.
I think what really needs work is my ability to take photos that don’t suffer from intense bloom. Either that or I need to figure out how to fix it in post.
The blocking for this design was finicky, the straight lines in the pattern make it so that any tension issues are immediately obvious. Luckily, I managed to mitigate most of it with multiple blocking sessions.
Unfortunately, not all things are remedied by wet blocking; however I discovered a trick to flatten even the most unruly of edges. Running a drawstring through the back stitches and pulling it taught is a simple but effective process.
With both front and back panels blocked and ready to assemble, I line it all up and make quick work of whipstitching it together.
And voila! One Symbol of the Holy Light a-la Scarlet Crusade hooked and ready to hang in your game room.
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