From Lowe's Curiosities of Heraldry: “It does not seem to have occured to these allegorizing worthies that the tincture of a charge may be diametrically opposed to the signification assigned to the charge itself. For example, the coat ‘Vert, a bull's head or’ by the armilogical rules cited above, would signify, as to the tinctures, pleasure and joy, while as to the charge it would mean rage and fury. Again, ‘Purpure, a wolf argent’ would mean ‘a wrangler with a peacable disposition!!’”
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I had posted November 10, 2011 about the heraldic embroidery work of Willem van Osnabrugge and the project he was then working on for the Peace Palace in The Hague (http://blog.appletonstudios.com/2011/11/heraldry-in-news.html). I recently received an email from him, letting me know that his work there has been completed. And, I might add, his work looks very nice!
He also included a URL with a slideshow (near the bottom of the page) showing the steps he went through to do the arms of Austria-Hungary (as an example of the process for all of them).