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« Topic Start: June 01, 2009, 04:18:38 pm »

I've been wondering how many of us assembled here actively (versus idle speculation) use fiber arts; growing the fibers (flax, wool, ...),
processing the fibers into yarn (spinning),
giving it color (herbs, minerals, ...) if the raw material wasn't chosen specifically for its color (I'm currently spinning some lovely Jacob),
and then putting the yarn into patterns (knitting, felting, crochet, weaving, nalbinding, ...) as a conscious part of their magical workings.

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« Reply #1: June 01, 2009, 08:01:37 pm »

I've been wondering how many of us assembled here actively (versus idle speculation) use fiber arts; growing the fibers (flax, wool, ...), processing the fibers into yarn (spinning), giving it color (herbs, minerals, ...) if the raw material wasn't chosen specifically for its color (I'm currently spinning some lovely Jacob),
and then putting the yarn into patterns (knitting, felting, crochet, weaving, nalbinding, ...) as a conscious part of their magical workings.

<points to self>

I do this semi-regularly.  I spin, knit, and dye things either as spells themselves, or as items to be used in spellwork, ritual work, or worship of one sort or another.  Here's a veve bag I designed for someone who works with Erzulie Freda.  I also make binding cords, tarot bags, etc.

Unrelated, but can I make a formatting note?  I think you're hitting "enter" after each line you type, and you don't need to.  The text will wrap automatically, and not cause line breaks in the middle of sentences.  Smiley

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« Reply #2: June 01, 2009, 10:28:08 pm »

I've been wondering how many of us assembled here actively (versus idle speculation) use fiber arts

I don't grow my own. (living in a city limits one's options, and living in Minnesota limits even more.) But I do spin, and I'm looking forward to learning natural dyes eventually.

Since I'm not going to raise my own sheep (or even my own angora rabbit, given the size of my tiny house and the existing presence of the cat), I do buy fiber every year from our local fiber festival, which has local and regional farmers. This year's haul includes 2 pounds of a fleece from a sheep in northern Minnesota named Opal. (It's a gorgeous silvery fleece, too. Corriedale.) that are going to be a shawl.

Most commonly, I've spun (undyed fleece from a single sheep whose identity I know) for ritual tokens - signs of commitment from me in ritual, for example, or as part of a seasonal token. I do plan to spin to knit a ritual shawl or three down the road, but the actual spinning part will take a while first.
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« Reply #3: June 01, 2009, 10:49:44 pm »

<points to self>

I do this semi-regularly.  I spin, knit, and dye things either as spells themselves, or as items to be used in spellwork, ritual work, or worship of one sort or another.  Here's a veve bag I designed for someone who works with Erzulie Freda.  I also make binding cords, tarot bags, etc.

Unrelated, but can I make a formatting note?  I think you're hitting "enter" after each line you type, and you don't need to.  The text will wrap automatically, and not cause line breaks in the middle of sentences.  Smiley

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I don't raise my own, but I have spun, dyed and I do knit, weave, felt.  However, since my divorce there is a strange blockage and I can't seem to get back into fiber arts?  It's been over a year now and every time I try to pick it up, I just can't do it.  I'd love to knit a wool robe for rituals, maybe in the fall I can figure out the blockage?
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« Reply #4: June 02, 2009, 09:10:10 am »

I've been wondering how many of us assembled here actively (versus idle speculation) use fiber arts; growing the fibers (flax, wool, ...),
processing the fibers into yarn (spinning),
giving it color (herbs, minerals, ...) if the raw material wasn't chosen specifically for its color (I'm currently spinning some lovely Jacob),
and then putting the yarn into patterns (knitting, felting, crochet, weaving, nalbinding, ...) as a conscious part of their magical workings.

Well, I don't so much magic anymore, but this year for Imbolc I began crocheting a brat. I've kind of let it fall by the wayside as other things get in the way, but I'd like to have this brat grow every year until it is a large blanket. Every year the devotion will grow larger, and hopefully, my commitment to Brighid will grow deeper.

So while not a spell per say, it is a conscious piece that has focus and intent. So, I guess it could be seen as magic.
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« Reply #5: June 02, 2009, 11:43:04 am »

Well, I don't so much magic anymore, but this year for Imbolc I began crocheting a brat. I've kind of let it fall by the wayside as other things get in the way, but I'd like to have this brat grow every year until it is a large blanket. Every year the devotion will grow larger, and hopefully, my commitment to Brighid will grow deeper.

So while not a spell per say, it is a conscious piece that has focus and intent. So, I guess it could be seen as magic.

what is a brat?
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« Reply #6: June 02, 2009, 12:17:40 pm »

what is a brat?

Is anyone hoping she doesn't mean one of these?  'Cause...ew.  Wink

ETA:  Um...or this?
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« Reply #7: June 02, 2009, 01:50:28 pm »

Is anyone hoping she doesn't mean one of these?  'Cause...ew.  Wink

ETA:  Um...or this?

Ergh, I hope not
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« Reply #8: June 02, 2009, 01:55:39 pm »

Is anyone hoping she doesn't mean one of these?  'Cause...ew.  Wink

ETA:  Um...or this?

ROTFL.  Cheesy  Considering that I'm a vegetarian, very unlikely.
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« Reply #9: June 02, 2009, 01:59:55 pm »

what is a brat?

A brat is the Irish word for mantle, usually used to signify a piece of cloth or clothing set out on the hearth, or more traditionally out of the window, on Imbolc in order for Brighid to bless. During the year this brat may be used for healing and protection. As time goes on, and the same piece of cloth is left out each year, its powers increase.

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« Reply #10: June 02, 2009, 02:24:56 pm »

A brat is the Irish word for mantle, usually used to signify a piece of cloth or clothing set out on the hearth, or more traditionally out of the window, on Imbolc in order for Brighid to bless. During the year this brat may be used for healing and protection. As time goes on, and the same piece of cloth is left out each year, its powers increase.

Fascinating!
Any idea what fiber or fibers was/were normally used to make the Brat?

I've been pondering the benefits of locally grown wool but recently I've been "walking through ghosts" over needing to eventually grow and work with flax.

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« Reply #11: June 02, 2009, 03:32:45 pm »

Fascinating!
Any idea what fiber or fibers was/were normally used to make the Brat?

Not sure about historical uses, but I expect wool, seeing as sheep were probably the main source of fiber in Ireland. I'm using wool (alpaca), in any case, but that's just cause I like it.  Grin
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« Reply #12: June 02, 2009, 04:44:42 pm »

I'm using wool (alpaca), in any case, but that's just cause I like it.  Grin

Isn't that originally South American?
but then if its raised locally ...

Not too long ago I tried to get some local and younger Pagans who'd been trying to talk me into being more Pagan community social to take a hat felting class with me taught by and at an alpaca farm about an hour's drive from where I live (though closer to them).
Funny, they didn't seem to see the Pagan value of it. Perhaps they thought the activity sounded too "Red Hat Society" for them.
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« Reply #13: June 02, 2009, 05:06:09 pm »

Isn't that originally South American?
but then if its raised locally ...

Not too long ago I tried to get some local and younger Pagans who'd been trying to talk me into being more Pagan community social to take a hat felting class with me taught by and at an alpaca farm about an hour's drive from where I live (though closer to them).
Funny, they didn't seem to see the Pagan value of it. Perhaps they thought the activity sounded too "Red Hat Society" for them.

That sounds like fun to me!

My mistake: it's just Peruvian Highland wool--not the same as alpaca. Though they have alpaca available as well as silk blends and even self-dying yarn.

I love this site.  Smiley
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« Reply #14: June 02, 2009, 06:12:46 pm »

I love this site.  Smiley

Yeah. I'm presently waiting on delivery of a swift and ball winder from them. Such a deal!
I tell my husband its more fun if one has all the toys.

Now I'm wondering if the ball winder only goes in one direction, and if so which.
That can be important can't it  Wink
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