I’ve always thought hedgehogs are pretty cute but never realized how much the Europeans have loved them over the centuries – until I got here ! At any time of year
you can find stuffed versions, little ornaments, prickly candies & even embroidery patterns. This inspired me to make a few of my own.
In Canada, we shared our yard with countless, giant squirrels, a possum &
some raccoons. We don’t have any of those here but we DO have our own
resident hedgehog, living in a make-shift house that my husband put together
Yes, our hedgehog prefers to remain anonymous but this picture
certainly shows just how well they can blend into the environment !
Given their popularity here, I wasn’t too surprised when I found that they
were even studied in the Middle Ages & included in famous bestiaries.
I must admit, when I was researching ancient texts while in University,
it was usually for references to my favourite fantastical beast – the unicorn
– so I probably overlooked these little creatures….
Obviously, others have found them in those beautiful books &
spent a lot of time thinking about them. Recently, someone
over at the British Museum has discovered this teeny gem!
I really can’t think of anything cooler than this short VIDEO
put together by a team of polish mediaevalists – Discarding Images
– it features:
- needle-felted hedgehogs (based on those in a 13th century manuscript)
- who frolick around in a “some-place” world (yes, they are animated!)
- to hauntingly, lovely music
- while depicting a sweet little tale – narrated in LATIN !
Watch it – you’ll start having visions of doing your own stop-motion
movie using some fascinating old source as your inspiration – or
wait – maybe that’s just me ?
But anyway, do PRESS PLAY – it’s SO wonderful!
If you’d like to read more about these nocturnal beasties – I wrote about
them & shared some of the books we like HERE.
And, if you’re feeling inspired to make your own – I’ve added
The Littlest Hedgehog Knitting Pattern
Handwork Homeschool Subscriber’s Treat page.
Click HERE to take a peek at it & some other fun things, too!
Snuffle, snuffle, prick, prick !
Happy Making !