My sugar skull is spun with thread instead of sugar.

Sugar skull blackwork
Sugar skull blackwork

Sugar skulls are cheerful, flowery skulls that are a symbol of Mexico’s Dia De Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebrations which span three days beginning October 31. During the festival, families gather to pray for and remember loved ones. Sugar skulls, marigolds, and other offerings are placed at altars called ofrendas.

My blackwork sugar skull is covered in flowers and vines and is gilded with Kreinik Glow-in-the-dark braid for a spooky finish – a tip of the hat to halloween because after all, I am Canadian 😉

Sugar skulls are a reminder to spend less time mourning our loved ones and instead remember and celebrate the wonderful lives they lived.

If you are interested in learning more about Dia de Muertos and sugar skulls, Cruel Daze of Summer has a great, informative post and this wikipedia entry has a bit of information too.

 

 

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