The Origin of Fiber Magick

Although crocheting is obviously my passion, I realize that it is not for everyone and you may not feel the same way about it as I do. That being said there will be places in this book where you just might want to give crocheting a try. It goes nicely with magick though I might just be prejudice. *Cackle*

There is definitely magick in handmade things. There has to be. There's no way we can work with our hands and not impart some of our energy into what we make. Even just handling something we have not made ourselves, such as a piece of jewelry, captures our essence. Do you have anything like that, inherited from a family member or friend? You can feel them in it. When my Aunt Mary crossed the veil, her son was kind enough to give me her jewelry box full of authentic costume jewelry. It was costume jewelry, but it was the real thing from the 60s and 70s. When I worked in management, I wore one of her brooches every day and I truly believe that her strength was with me. I got through a lot of situations that were not really me. I'm not the boss type and yet there I was being the boss. I felt my Aunt Mary’s spirit with me.

So, if this energy is going to be transferred anyway, I propose that we do so intentionally. Then by using the correspondences of color, texture, and embellishment we can build on our intention. This is where the Fiber Magick comes in. Layers upon layers of magickal intention paints a clear picture in the Mind's Eye. This delights our inner child and ultimately manifests in the real world. I know a man who writes computer code who says he puts his personality into his work. He understood my concept even though he was not creating anything tangible. This tells me it all starts in the head as a thought. When the Thought becomes clear enough it will move you to manifest… Magick.

I want the concept of Fiber Magick to be able to translate into whatever passion you might have. It might be needlework, pottery, woodworking, or painting. The basic premise works the same in any artistic endeavor. In fact, I believe clay to be a wonderful medium for doing Fiber Magick. Imagine kneading your intentions into the clay and applying the pressure in just the right places to form a tangible expression of your imagination. I use small pieces of clay sometimes in my workshops. Each person kneads their lump as they meditate. Then we walk around the table feeling for the energy that has been transferred to the clay. I've had students pick up vibes such as healer or teacher from the other student's clay. Some will radiate heat; others will feel cold. Interestingly most folks don't get anything from their own clay sample. I liken it to your favorite perfume. When you are wearing it you can't (and shouldn't) smell it but other folks know it's you. So even though you can't feel it the energy is in there.

Now imagine using that clay to create something, Imagine a coven working their separate energies into each piece then combining them all to create a magickal tool or altar item. That's where pottery becomes Fiber Magick. To this end we create a tangible expression of our intentions. This totem can then be used as a storehouse or conductor for energy. It can be used as a reminder or an effigy. Abstract Concepts such as love, and peace become something we can feel and hold in our hands. It becomes a magickal tool or physical expression of a spell. It does so even if it is in the form of a mundane item.

Take a simple washcloth for example. Now picture that washcloth filled with Reiki healing. This particular washcloth is embellished with a sigil created on the number chart of Jupiter. This particular sigil is the charting of the word DESIGN. Now when I take this washcloth into my bath ritual with me and I pair it with a Bergamot, Orange peel, Epsom salt mix I am preparing myself to create new patterns.

I'm sure your mind is working now on maybe some washcloths you would need in your life. Something with a sigil that would say "relax" perhaps and a nice bar of lavender soap when Mercury is in retrograde. Make a cloth with a big dollar sign on it and add a few drops of clove oil to the tub. You get the idea. Your crafting becomes the Craft. Fiber Magick is a form of sympathetic magick, one where like attracts like. When you are crafting there are numerous places where you can add intention through correspondences.

I have always felt that my crochet was magickal. Quite early in my life, well before I became aware of my path, I used my handiwork as a divining tool of sorts. I used to get quite a kick out of hearing about someone having a baby and getting the opportunity to make that baby a blanket. Now, this was a long time before sonograms. Even if your aunty or grandma knew all the tricks and signs, you had to wait till that baby was born to find out for sure whether it was a boy or a girl. However, I began to notice that if I went to the craft store and stared at the yarn long enough, it would speak to me. If the pink and lavender yarns jumped out at me, it was going to be a girl. If the blue and green yarns caught my eye, it was going to be a boy. I was having so much fun with this. I was making blankets in these gender-specific colors and taking them to baby showers. The other women would say, "Do you know something we don’t?" Maybe I did, but I treated it like it was a game. This continued on until the day I was not able to decide on a color. I stood in the store and I looked at all the yarns, but they all made me feel kind of queasy. I finally decided on yellow. However, this really did not tell me anything. I suffered through making that blanket. Every time I picked it up, I felt sick to my stomach. Well, it turned out that the baby was a boy, but he was stillborn. That scared me enough that I never played that game again.

At that time, I was not ready for the responsibility of my own intuition. I was treating it as a game with no thought to the interconnecting web that made that game possible. If I were to indulge in premonitions today, I would, hopefully, use the information more responsibly. Of course today the game is a moot point. People know the gender of the baby before they order the blanket or send out invites to the baby shower. At least they think they know. New information about the gender identifi