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The Four Cornerstones of Magic are: 1. To Know 2: To Will 3. To Dare 4. To Keep Silent

The character Mr. Gold states quite clearly, whenever he has the opportunity, that "all magic comes with a price." Of course Mr. Gold was an antique "dealer" only part of the time. Material possessions sometimes have the ability to possess their owner. One sees this when one has too many belongings. In other words one can have too much "stuff" and not enough substance or not enough room in one's home to keep all the varied things one buys. Over the years ones material wants tend to collect. This collection of items can be displayed openly or held for private viewing. What one chooses to buy and throw away or keep tells a great deal about one's character.

What one chooses to wear, privately or publicly shows a great deal about a person's fashion sense. One can dress in the traditional clothing of one's ancestors .... oh, but wait. This has not always been allowed. Why, you ask, would any government care to restrict what kind of clothing -- "costume" -- its peoples wear ? Good question.

I chose Braemar because of its place in history. In Scotland on August 1, 1746 the penalties for wearing "Highland clothing" were imprisonment without bail for 6 months or deportation for a second "offense". The Act of Proscription came from Parliament of Great Britain and was an attempt to assimilate the Scots by making an outlaw of the clan system.

I chose to form a "medicine bag" with a backing similar to the American Indian's "buckskin" as the medium to which I honor the Native traditions. On one side of the strap is a button enclosure. I was thinking about a handsome Native dressed in a lion-like head dress. The strap can be opened or closed with a "big head" and it can be seen in the front as part of its style and function.

Braemar Tartan has 40 seed beads "across" (width) with 80 rows; its finished size is 2 1/4 " by 3 3/4". It has a 27" bead couched neck strap and a chamois back. During the weaving process I, also did square stitches back through each bead, so each row is as tight to the next row as possible. The 25 different Delica colors that create the Braemar beaded tartan are: gunmetal, iris khaki, black, metallic raspberry, steel, bronze, light bronze, metallic rainbow green, translucent gold topaz, translucent dusty rose brown, translucent orange red, color lined gold, opaque matte luster dark grey, opaque matte luster khaki gold, silver lined dark red, opaque light orange, translucent root beer, transparent coffee. These colors are also in the bead couched neck strap.

"The five-pointed star used in flags originates from European or Western heraldry, and the golden five-pointed star has associations with military power and war. It has also become a symbol of fame or "stardom" in Western culture."

It was my intent to honor both the Scots and the Native Americans with this style of "medicine" bag or pouch. Both the Scots and the Native American peoples have endured hardship, ridicule and in the case of the Scots even deportation for wearing their cultural garb.

In Scotland on August 1, 1746 the penalties for wearing "Highland clothing" were imprisonment without bail for 6 months or deportation for a second "offense". The Act of Proscription came from Parliament of Great Britain and was an attempt to assimilate the Scots by making an outlaw of the clan system.

Today it is no longer against the law to wear the tartan that belongs to your clan -- your family. Understanding where we Scots came from, my Beaded Scottish Tartan Art (TM) exhibits a special tribute. Wear it in remembrance. Hold for future generations. It took me about 40 hours to bead weave the front part of this Braemar pouch. I used tiny stitches to sew the front and back and bottom together, like the Native Americans do with their medicine bags. There is an "Autumn" feeling to this amulet pouch, but the falling leaves do not sparkle as some of the tiny metallic seed beads that I have used. There are 25 different colors in Braemar 40; truly must be seen in person to appreciate the colors, but the images I uploaded will need to do (unless you have seen this at one of the art shows I have been in.)

More about Braemar: Braemar is a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, around 58 miles (93 km) west of Aberdeen in the Highlands. It is the closest significantly-sized settlement to the upper course of the River Dee sitting at an altitude of 339 metres (1,112 ft).

The Gaelic Bràigh Mhàrr properly refers to the area of upper Marr (as it literally means), i.e. the area of Marr to the west of Aboyne, the village itself being Castleton of Braemar (Baile a' Chaisteil). The village used to be known as Cinn Drochaid (bridge end), while Baile a' Chaisteil only referred to the part of the village on the east bank of the river, the part on the west bank being known as Ach an Droighinn (thorn field).

Currently, I have provided the shipping weight, length, height and width of the shadow box that houses and displays Braemar 40. I intend that the beaded pouch necklace I hand crafted and imbued with magic be kept safe under glass (in its shadow box) until it reaches its owner. "Magic has a power and it grows when it is shared." The cost is small when one considers the many outweigh the needs of the one. One the other hand, I am but one and my needs require me to earn money as "money makes the world go 'round." I have thought long and hard about confessing that I create with magic, which I intend to sell. I, like the character, Mr. Gold, need to pay my bills also.

Scotland's Braemar Tartan Created with Beads. All Magic Comes with a Price. The Four Cornerstones of Magic are Tools of the Trade

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  • Materials: Premium Japanese seed beads, Nymo, genuine chamois, Gutterman sewing thread, rattail cording, thread conditioner and protectant
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