Inspired by the story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi in Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book", I decided to make another 5x7 piece. The story is about a brave and loving mongoose who defends a village, and a boy, against an evil Cobra named Nag. I was quite captivated by this story as a child, and a huge fan of the mongoose!
I challenged myself to work abstractly, something I find very difficult to do. I chose colors which I felt reflected the jungles of India, where the story takes place, and laid out the pattern to reflect the struggle between the mongoose and the snake. I free-motioned jungle leaves around the edges of the piece, but they are a little difficult to see. I used embossed Misty Fuse on the background (as I did in "Boats on the River") and added beads to the couched fibers. I'm pleased with the results.