Thursday, February 9, 2012

To beckon the sun

                                                 To beckon the sun
'tween solstice and equinox
'tis Saint Brigid's cross
This is a St. Brigids Cross I made for Imbolc.

Though a Christian symbol,
it derives from the pagan sunwheel.
Mine is made from palm fronds.
I cut them to the same length
wove them together.
Continued to weave around until I had used 16 fronds.
I hung this cross in my kitchen as is often done in Irish homes.

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  1. So creative and vibrant, love the spring feeling! <3

  2. I love your St. Brigid's cross, Gemma! Thanks for showing the step-by-step.

  3. I have never seen this before. Pretty amazing and so nice that you have the interest to do it. xo

  4. I haven't seen this before either. Just brilliant!

  5. What a wonderful creation, hope it beckons up some sun for you.


  6. I like to see this made with palms. I have received this cross from Irish inlaws, and read that Brigid's story is a sad one, but the cross encourages hope. TFS!

  7. My dad used to make these from the palm branches from Palm Sunday Mass...I still have one.
    We aren't Irish, but he was a holy man, so he knew.

  8. What a great idea! Love your contribution.

  9. Gemma,
    Thank you for co-hosting the challenge at IA. I learned some things I did not know and I thoroughly enjoyed this theme.
    Your cross is amazing. I was "thinking" of attempting to make one, then the voice of reality kicked in and said to do what I do best, so I did. I love yours so much, I still try my hand at one.


  10. What a good job you did! I have made some before from local South African wheat! Xx

  11. This is wonderful :) Some of my family is Irish but I'd actually never heard of a St Brigid's Cross until this week's IAE challenge - you learn something new every day!

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