Thursday, February 01, 2007

Today's Crafty Goodness: St. Brigid's Cross

"Saint Brigid is one of the most beloved saints of Ireland. Her feast day is February 1st, the first day of spring in Ireland.The Celtic spring festival, Imbolc, honours her. In pagan times rituals associated with Brigid celebrated the rebirth of spring and the arrival of new life." (from Irish Yarns and Crafts).

This is St. Brigid's cross, an ancient symbold of renewal, hope, and rebirth. You can purchase one from one of my favorite eBay sellers, ceol-deas, or you can make your own using these instructions from Catholic Traditions in the Garden, by Ann Ball.

Happy weaving!

8 comments:

  1. Cool! I did not know that stuff.

    Missed you yesterday at Purl and Hurl -it's not the same without you! Hope you're feeling better.

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  2. thanks, bea, i missed you guys too. i was feeling like shite all day. one of my famous 1-day headcolds, i think. definetly will be there next week!

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  3. You always know so much. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. know-it-all velma, that's me!

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  5. I bought St. Brigid's crosses when I was in Ireland. Most magical land:)

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  6. my mom and my sister lived there for 6weeks while my sis did an apprenticeship for culinary school there. they loved it. i'd like to visit someday. my maternal grandparents were real eirophiles (is that the word?). i think there's lots of irish/english blood in my family.

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  7. I looked at the link on how to make your own... however, after that bottom "U" is looped, how do you proceed to #5? Do you rotate it? Have you tried making one of your own, Velma? This intrigues me.

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  8. i have no idea, maven. sorry, but i just provided the link but didn't make one myself. too busy w/ spinning. good luck!

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