Sewing With Intent

Many, many moons ago I was doing some reading on quilting. Somethings occured to me.

Sewing and it's varying aspects come very close to hearth magic in many ways. From spinning, which was a method of divination because watching the spindle could be trance inducing; to the actual fabrication of clothing.

Old quilters sewed with intent, wedding quilts or healing quilts were common. The quilter or group of quilters sewed there best wishes, their hopes and dreams into each of these items. And further, as they passed from one generation to the enxt each item became further infused with this intent.

Wedding gowns, we still have traditions regrading the sewing of these. Christening gowns are another object.

But I began to think about this. These crafts were many times women's work, and a total focusing of image, and intent went into them. From the spinning and weaving, to the dyeing and sewing and even the embellishments. So much power invested, I'm certain some were done with the knowledge of spellwork. And magic is often called "the weave". Just like so many things have been demonized by the traditional church I wonder if this would have been banned and punichable if society had paused to think about it when these crafts were common and a way of life.

And I wonder if collectors would still find them valuzble if they realized what these items truly contained. I wonder because of the few who are frightened by books such as Harry Potter if these treasures would even survive today and not have ended up on a bon fire of righteousness.

I take every opportunity I can to look at old crafts and think about not just their significance in the sense of  applied need, but also the intent of the crafters themselves. I still have 'labels' that I sew into things I make that say "made with love by...."

How much of my 'magic' have I passed along this way? And how much did I gain with the recieving of such items passed down to me from others?

Just a thought to ponder while I sew.

Tzech Tzech
46-50, F
3 Responses Jun 11, 2008

no...i haven't read that but i'll check it out. thanks

Have you ever read Patricia McKillip's Solstice Wood? In it, a group of women have a sewing circle, or "fiber guild" and sew/weave/knit protective spells. I thought it was a fascinating idea.

and that .... is by definition...spell craft.