Friday, January 17, 2014

Crafts for Imbolc

St Brigid Doll by St. Blaize

Imbolc or Lá Fhéile Bríde is just a couple of weeks away, so I thought that I would share some crafting project ideas, some of which I have been or will be doing myself.
Brigid's Cross/Crois Bhríde: Instructions for a traditional protective charm. You can see a video version here.
A Brigid Icon/Brideóg: An article about the history of the practice as well as some photos and ideas to inspire you to make your own.
Brigid's Bed/Leaba Bhríde: An entry in the Carmina Gadelica {volume 1} describing the practice of making and putting an icon of Brigid "to bed". There are mentions of materials to give you an idea on how to make your own.
A Recipe for Spring Cleaning: A herbal vinegar that I make to clean my house both spiritually and physically.
Collecting Cross Quarter Water: A write up of collecting water during the cross quarters {including Imbolc} and what it can be used for.
A Rowan & Red Thread Cross Charm for Safe Travel: Crafting that I did last year and put into a 
Paper Snowdrops: A neat little project for those of us who don't have this traditional Imbolc flower available to us this early in the year.
Hand Dipped Beeswax Candles: A great way to celebrate the returning light.
Highland Cow Sock Animal: One project idea, there are quite a few available online as well as kits such as this and this.
Sheep Craft Projects: There are a whole bunch of kid-friendly sheep crafting projects here.
Feel free to share any other ideas or resources in the comment section. :)

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