For those of us who are Sisters of the Needle and incorporate it into our Pagan Lifestyles, mark your calendars because Gail Carolyn Sirna will be appearing at the Warren Civic Center Library on Thursday, Nov 14 at 6:00PM. Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from America’s National Academy of Needle Arts in 2004, she will be there to present slides, an exhibits, and in person knowledge while highlighting her book “In Praise of the Needlewoman”.
For those of you who do not see the connection to a specifically pagan and magickal aspect in Needle Arts, a good work to investigate would be “Magical Needlework: 35 Original Projects & Patterns” by Dorothy Morrison. In it she states guides the reader in “creating magically charged items that bring helpful, positive energy to your home and your life”.
Another benefit of needlework for the Pagan household is the joy of creating objects infused not just with spell work, but of tangible works born of concentration, focus, and dedication. Skill is needed, but the goal is not always a perfect item, but a powerful and needful one. The embroidering of the altar cloth is just as valuable as the setting of the altar itself if it was done with care and intention.
At Pagan Pride Detroit 2013, a local stitch witch gave an exciting workshop on crocheting. The class by Mistress O is still being talked about locally. It is hoped she will return to teach again next year, one can only hope. The winding and knotting is particularly attractive to those who need the tactile manifestations of their will to be concrete in a more immediate way.
The story of Arachne still endures as an example of the art of thread and needle being so important that even the Gods may be interested. Almost every saga has a story of someone who is practices the textile arts. It is well to remember their importance as a cultural glue for us.
In addition to this, it is a way to pass on a little of your energy and vision on to the next generation. Silver RavenWolf made a keen observation about its importance when she wrote in her essay entitled “Is There Magick in the Stitch” at
“The needle is a little wand, directing the energy into the fabric. A mini bolt of lightning, it dives into the cloth, then emerges to the heavens, capturing the energy you put into it as it swiftly returns, punctures the fabric, and grabs earth energy before it rises again. With each stitch a thought coupled with an emotion is born. The finished product is a sealed testament — a pattern of energy massaged, combined, blended and set forth by the stitcher”
There is a quality to working with the needle, whether through sewing, or knitting, the loom (even braiding and finger weaving), that lends itself to meditative and disciplined ordering of the mind. This is always a good thing. Especially in the craft.
A visit to l would be a delight for the quilting witch or as it has a wonderfully cute pattern called Witchbonnet Sue that would be great for next Samhain. You can also find great patterns as a member of the Raising Witches Yahoo group in their files section. They are a great resource for pagan parents.
As the Wheel ends its cycle, it is a good time to pick up the needle and work for the new times coming. If it is a new skill, what better time to start than now. Do not miss the opportunity to learn about the craft from Gail Carolyn Sirna, since it is a rare treat and will greatly improve your perspective.
Need to know where to find some expertise in Metro Detroit as well as some really good supplies? This author recommends The Wool and the Floss in located at 397 Fisher Road, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.
Not familiar with Dorothy Morrison? Then you are so missing out. Find out more about her at http://www.dorothymorrison.com/. A local favorite when she visits the Land of the Fresh Water Seas, her products and books are carried by local Magickal Shopkeeper and author Jacki Smith at Candle Wick in Ferndale.
Bonus: If you want to make your own cross stitch pattern, go to Stitchboard.com and use their pattern wizard to turn your own photos into them for free.