Yeah, I know it will hardly be noticeable in the finished piece, but I usually lean to the purist side of things. I seem to remember reading somewhere that "crewel" by definition meant worked with wool. But part of my enjoyment of working this embroidery is how fluent I feel in the language of stitches, and if I can't draw upon my repetoire as needed in my own creation, well, what am I here for?
With the caribou, he shows a meek and gentle creature in the pose, but the mighty antlers could not be downplayed. It might be my art therapist background coming through, but I see a great deal of psychic energy invested in certain elements of Louis' drawings. The teeth, claws, horns, tusks and tongues are very detailed and out of proportion.
Images of pages from the Codex Canadensis are from the Library and Archives of Canada website.