A gift for a friend

Good morning! It’s a beautiful summer’s day here in Northamptonshire and we’re looking forward to the Kelmarsh food festival later. After a trip to the scrapheap. I need a new car door before the one I’ve got disintegrates completely. But onto loftier things…

Today I’m posting off a rune pendant to my friend Liz. We’ve kept in contact since went to school together, and she’s recently completed a 96 mile walk for charity. What a gal. I’m sending her a Sowulo pendant (sun, wholeness, success) as she drew one in a rune reading just before she left. The card was right at the front of the card box – it’s perfect.

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Like the runes I made a few weeks ago, this is also made from the ash tree in another friend’s garden and finished with linseed oil.

 

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All wrapped up in some hand stamped paper.

 

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Let’s hope she likes it 🙂

Have an awesome day!

*Update* It made her day. Her elder daughter claimed the feather and the younger declared the feather paper a “fairy map”. Happy 🙂

Make no. 20: Elder Futhark Rune Pendants

Hey 🙂 How’s your day going?

It’s a wet Saturday where we are, so I’m making up patchwork pieces that will be transformed into Something later. I’ll also be making the colour block top from Love Sewing…can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Today’s Make is some pendants that I made as soon as I bought a pyrography tool. The ash came from my friend’s garden, and it’s wonderful to work with. In Norse mythology, Odin hung from the ash tree Yggdrasil for nine days before giving runic wisdom to the world of men. In the Celtic ogham tradition, the ash binds the three circles of existence: past, my present and future; confusion, balance and creative force; it connects heaven and earth, the physical to the spiritual, microcosm to macrocosm.

 

Rune Pendants

 

From left to right the runes read Algiz (protection), Uruz (strength) an Othila (separation/inheritance). I finished them with Danish oil and it has brought out the colour beautifully.

Enjoy your day, whatever you’re doing!

A Native American week

Hey! Today I’m sharing the latest instalment in my 52 makes.

Remember the suede-feel tunic? I made it fairly large as a lot of the robes I’ve made lately were in the medium range. I used a different view from the pattern for the coat I’ve successfully made before, and I’m pleased with the way it turned out. It needs a little something…

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I had some suede cord knocking around from a harvested necklace so that seemed like a natural match for the tunic, and then I found the huge feather pendant in our magnificent stash. Another Make is born.

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I’d asked for a copy of Chinese Knots For Beaded Jewellery by Suzen Millodot years ago, and it’s sat on the shelf because…well, they’re tricky. As we had a chilled weekend of walks, films, and jigsaw puzzles I had the perfect opportunity to have another go, and it was really fun!

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A couple of nights ago my talented OH came up with this. Isn’t’ it gorgeous? I’ve put my name down for one…and now he’s making them in green, too.

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The cord has a sliding knot for adjustability – perfect. They seem to have gone down a storm with the lrp community (one guy was frantically messaging us at midnight about one for his girlfriend’s birthday…it got there in time and she absolutely loved it, yay) so I think there’s a good chance I’ll be making these available on Etsy soon.