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Knitting, crochet and needlework in folk magic

In my reading lately, especially in Burning Bright and Solstice, I've noted references to the uses of needlework in folk "magic" - protection "spells" and the like. Here's a short article I recently posted on the topic. I'm wondering if other readers have any information or recommendations on this topic.

http://danceswithwool.wordpress.com/2008/04/04/knitting-in-folk-magic/
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Re: Knitting, crochet and needlework in folk magic

Thanks for the link!  I think that it is very true that needlework is used to convey spells and prayers.  I've not read anything specifically on the topic, but it is starting to creep into popular fiction so maybe someone who is versed in both folk magic and needle/fiber arts will write a book about it someday :smileyhappy:

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In my reading lately, especially in Burning Bright and Solstice, I've noted references to the uses of needlework in folk "magic" - protection "spells" and the like. Here's a short article I recently posted on the topic. I'm wondering if other readers have any information or recommendations on this topic.

http://danceswithwool.wordpress.com/2008/04/04/knitting-in-folk-magic/


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Re: Knitting, crochet and needlework in folk magic

Both of my grandmothers told me that each stitch is a spell, and each creation is a working of magic. One grandmother was Italian, the other Scot, and both were from the old country...so, yes, there is magic in the making of things by hand and skill.

I have found that if I am making something for someone, that focusing that intent while working the yarn does seem to give a certain energy to the project.

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Re: Knitting, crochet and needlework in folk magic

I've just begun reading The Lace Reader, which is about this very topic. Several of the characters read fortunes through lace, in this case, Ipswich lace. So far, so good- enjoying it a lot!
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Re: Knitting, crochet and needlework in folk magic

For sure when I am knitting or crocheting I use that time to pray for good to come to the receiver of my creation! Now of course that is after I have the pattern learned good so I don"t have to concentrate so much on what I am doing!
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Just finished reading The Lace Reader. One of the best books I've read this year. It's about a family of women living in Salem, MA, some of whom tell fortunes by reading pieces of lace. It's also about a young woman coping with mental illness who comes to terms with herself and her past. Very well written. My review:

http://yourehistory.wordpress.com/2008/08/07/modern-lit-the-lace-reader-by-brunonia-barry/

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