|Cros Bríde of lavender and needled felted sheep on my seasonal altar. Photo and pieces by Grey Catsidhe, 2013.|
I was feeling very inspired today, both by a project I had been meaning to try and discussion of Brighid crosses on a FB group for local Pagans.
|A needle felted sheep. Photo and piece by Grey Catsidhe, 2013.|
When I started to brainstorm how to decorate my seasonal altar, a needle felted sheep immediately came to mind. Felting has become a little hobby of mine. I don’t do it as often as I sew or crochet/knit, but I do enjoy playing with my wool roving. I love how very free-form the art can be. This seemed like a fun project to take on. I don’t think it’s too bad for my first. It fits well on an Imbolc altar because of Brighid’s association with sheep and household crafts.
|Lavender Brighid Cross. Piece and photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2013.|
I’ve been thinking about what to use for Brighid crosses this year. In Muin Mound, we always used wheat. Well, I don’t know any wheat farmers. I’ve thought about gathering old grass from the hedge, but then I recalled the lavender I have. Having been dried, it was too brittle to use without a good soak in warm water for 20-30 minutes. Then it was very pliable and made my work station smell divine! It felt meditative to make it. My skill at making the crosses isn’t as good as others, but this is the best one I’ve made yet! I’m still not 100% sure what to do with the Druid Study Group. Soaking dried grasses or herbs seems a very messy process in a place we don’t own. Pipe cleaners were suggested, but now I’m leaning towards raffia as it’s more natural. We shall see!
May the inspiration of Brighid herself flow into you as you prepare for her feast day!