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« Topic Start: August 24, 2010, 07:22:53 pm »

Just curious to know if anyone "weaves" prayers, charms, etc into what they are making?  For example knitting a Bhrat while saying prayers or charms for protection, thus "weaving magic" into the fabric?  I've considered doing this, saying prayers over each row, but I haven't attempted to do so yet.

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« Reply #1: August 24, 2010, 08:03:09 pm »

Just curious to know if anyone "weaves" prayers, charms, etc into what they are making?  For example knitting a Bhrat while saying prayers or charms for protection, thus "weaving magic" into the fabric?  I've considered doing this, saying prayers over each row, but I haven't attempted to do so yet.



As a beginning knitter, and am interested in this as well.
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« Reply #2: August 24, 2010, 08:49:15 pm »

Just curious to know if anyone "weaves" prayers, charms, etc into what they are making?  For example knitting a Bhrat while saying prayers or charms for protection, thus "weaving magic" into the fabric?  I've considered doing this, saying prayers over each row, but I haven't attempted to do so yet.



I've never done so quite so .. specifically.  I tend to have thoughts in my mind while I knit, and I tend to knit with love, but .. not so much a specific chant or whatnot.
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« Reply #3: August 24, 2010, 10:51:10 pm »

As a beginning knitter, and am interested in this as well.

Oh...welcome to the dark side knitting club!
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« Reply #4: August 24, 2010, 11:03:47 pm »

Just curious to know if anyone "weaves" prayers, charms, etc into what they are making?  For example knitting a Bhrat while saying prayers or charms for protection, thus "weaving magic" into the fabric?  I've considered doing this, saying prayers over each row, but I haven't attempted to do so yet.



I've been doing this for several years, but haven't formalized the process very much. If I'm knitting a scarf for a valued friend for example, I make sure to keep my mind focused when I work on the project on positive memories of them and I try to put a lot of positive prayers and energy into the work. The nature of knitting is such that the next time you pick up the project, you'll remember these thoughts and go right back into them. Smiley
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« Reply #5: August 24, 2010, 11:07:29 pm »

Oh...welcome to the dark side knitting club!

LOL! The pull was too great. My MIL taught me the basics two years ago... I kept getting sidetracked and ended up just shelving any knitting. But most of my friends knit, and get together a couple times a night to knit together, and they reeled me back in. I never saw so many otherwise sane women addicted to yarn.  Wink It's awesome.
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« Reply #6: August 25, 2010, 12:23:49 am »

Just curious to know if anyone "weaves" prayers, charms, etc into what they are making?  For example knitting a Bhrat while saying prayers or charms for protection, thus "weaving magic" into the fabric?  I've considered doing this, saying prayers over each row, but I haven't attempted to do so yet.

Yep.  I use simple patterns and repetitive chants to work spells into knitting.  So far it's mostly been protection spells for newborns.

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« Reply #7: August 25, 2010, 12:31:14 am »

Just curious to know if anyone "weaves" prayers, charms, etc into what they are making?  For example knitting a Bhrat while saying prayers or charms for protection, thus "weaving magic" into the fabric?  I've considered doing this, saying prayers over each row, but I haven't attempted to do so yet.

I do - I add a new piece of embroidery to my Brat each year before Imbolc, and I pray or sing while I'm doing it. (A musician friend of mine created sung charms for several of the associated folk-items: brat, girdle, cross; we use them during crafting projects in prep for the holiday.)
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I do with hand sewing on projects for loved ones.
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« Reply #9: August 25, 2010, 05:20:54 pm »

Just curious to know if anyone "weaves" prayers, charms, etc into what they are making?  For example knitting a Bhrat while saying prayers or charms for protection, thus "weaving magic" into the fabric?  I've considered doing this, saying prayers over each row, but I haven't attempted to do so yet.



Hehe, I actually asked a similar question way back when.  I stitch them into my quilts, into the designs, patterns etc.  The thing that's neat about doing this with quilts, that I've found, is that the patterns you put into quilts are two-fold.  First there is the pattern of the quilt design itself, and then on top of that your quilting pattern (stitching through all the layers).  When hand quilting especially you personally put each and every little stitch into the quilting process, so when you focus your energies into your hands, those energies and spells or prayers that you feel as you are working are worked into the quilt.  Those quilts can then be used as protection or healing for the intended recipient of the quilt.  Since you sleep under them, your barriers are down more and you are more receptive, etc. (in theory anyways!)

You can make a quilt for a child to protect them from nightmares, or you can create a quilt that can work as a wall hanging to protect your house.  Or make one to help strengthen a marriage or relationship for the couple that sleeps under it together, or for fertility.  You get the idea.  I machine piece my quilts, and some I machine quilt and some I hand quilt.  Both have seemed to be effective, but I find I am much more attached to my hand quilted ones.  They're more elaborate and since I've put so much more of "me" into them, I feel that they are more powerful.
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« Reply #10: December 02, 2010, 06:35:36 am »

Just curious to know if anyone "weaves" prayers, charms, etc into what they are making?  For example knitting a Bhrat while saying prayers or charms for protection, thus "weaving magic" into the fabric?  I've considered doing this, saying prayers over each row, but I haven't attempted to do so yet.



It's so cool to hear about other people with this idea as well; I thought I was the only crazy fiber artist!  Wink I have recently learned how to cable, and I have taken to visualizing capturing a wish for the recipient into every cable twist.
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« Reply #11: December 02, 2010, 08:15:23 am »

It's so cool to hear about other people with this idea as well; I thought I was the only crazy fiber artist!  Wink I have recently learned how to cable, and I have taken to visualizing capturing a wish for the recipient into every cable twist.

Knitted goods are a portable hug.  *nodnod*
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« Reply #12: December 02, 2010, 10:22:07 am »

Knitted goods are a portable hug.  *nodnod*

I recently received a hand-knitted hat from SOMEONE.  It appears to have a hug in it.
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« Reply #13: December 02, 2010, 10:32:08 am »

It's so cool to hear about other people with this idea as well; I thought I was the only crazy fiber artist!  Wink I have recently learned how to cable, and I have taken to visualizing capturing a wish for the recipient into every cable twist.

I do it as well.  Since I wash, card, and spin my own yarn, I start it from the beginning.  For example, if I know that I will be making a scarf or a hat out of the yarn, I visualize kennaz (the rune that looks like < ) into it to make it warmer.  I continue this into my crocheting as well.  I have been spinning and crocheting a baby blanket out of merino wool and I have a ton of spells wound into it; nightmare banishing, protection, warmth, etc...
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« Reply #14: December 03, 2010, 06:39:04 am »

Knitted goods are a portable hug.  *nodnod*

I absolutely adore this phrase. <3 I think I need to make a sampler out of it or something...or perhaps a throw pillow?
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