Friday, May 30, 2008

Amulet Bag Swap for the 14 Secrets group



Thanks Carolyn, Nell, Marilyn, Maria, Mary, Lore, Lorina, Kathy, Jan, Joyce, Gena, Darlene, Carol, and of course Deborah!

From Deborah Gilchrist:
Amulet bags, medicine bags, gris gris, charm, herb, mojo bags - by whatever name, they are designed to be a personal totem for the wearer, dispelling negativity and carrying whatever energy is needed. The traditional bag used by many cultures holds a charm or talisman (or a combination of several that can work together). There are subtle differences, from what I've read, for instance, between an amulet bag (intended for spiritual enhancement) and a medicine bag (which carries special accoutrements to encourage physical healing), but all are intended to bring the wearer in alignment with the energies she needs most at a given moment in her life, according to what is contained both within and without (embellishments/design). Traditionally, they are beaded or made of leather, but we are only limited by our own imagination!

Some links (also from Deborah):

I searched the web high and low and found several resources for beaded bag instructions. I did find one pattern also for a simple fabric bag and one for a lovely crocheted bag in several styles.

If you're interested in trying your hand at beading in a tubular peyote stitch:
http://www.angelfire.com/co2/beltana/peyote.html

Fabric pattern:
http://www.geocities.com/fullmoon_magic/sachets.html

Crocheted and beaded:
http://www.knitting-and.com/crochet/beaded-amulet-bags.htm

Crocheted 'lunch money' purse which could be adapted:
http://www.crochetnmore.com/lunchmoneypurse.htm

A little bit of history (and some photos near the bottom of the page):
http://www.native-languages.org/bags.htm

Some GORGEOUS beaded bags for inspiration:
http://www.stanford.edu/~jamila/amulet.html

And here are some intriguing and lovely medicine bags made of paper:
http://www.cjmorgan.com/paper-vessels/index.htm

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