The Moon and the Furrow

Samhain Organic handkerchief

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Samhain marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of the dark months of the year. It is the end of a cycle of growth with death and ultimately re-birth. This is a time for reflection, for celebration, for sowing the seeds of future plans and remembering, thanking and honouring our ancestors. It is said that the veil between this world and the land of the dead is at it's thinnest at this time so we can welcome them into our homes with candles, food and stories.

I have included Mugwort in my design to help ward off any unwanted guests or psychic attacks It would also be an excellent time of year to take some mugwort for lucid dreaming and it's also good for depression and your stomach after eating too many chocolate bats.

The Rowan tree has been used for centuries as protection. Planted by a grave, a boundary or woven into a charm to put by your windows and doors, rowan will keep those evil spirits at bay. The deer skull represents death and the pumpkins and candles require no explanation.

There is a new Samhain booklet (printed onto one sheet of paper measuring 297mm x 297mm and folded into four) which goes into more detail about the background of this design and includes some candle magic, a recipe for soul cakes, a Celtic goddess and loads more. 

The border for many of my designs illustrates trees chosen for their associations with old customs and beliefs. They are Elder, Oak, Ivy and Holly. I have also included some of the phases of the moon.

This handkerchief is sewn by me in my small cottage on the Northamptonshire and Leicestershire border. The image is printed in the UK onto an untreated cotton fabric certified as 100% organic. The approximate size for each handkerchief is 320 mm x 320 mm. Also available as art prints.

Every handkerchief is sent out with the explanation of where the inspiration came from and with full care instructions. 

Each order is wrapped in acid free, unbleached tissue paper, tied with yarn and includes a hand written thank you note. I am happy to address this to recipients of gifts at no extra cost. Just let me know in the notes when you place your order.

Wash at 30°