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I have been slowly getting my magickal tools for my path since the beginning of this year.  I haven't been avidly looking since I believe that these tools and items choose us and not the other way around.  

I think it makes each item more special and our ritual and work more powerful if it was designed especially for the individual person.

My only frustration is having the money to buy some of the items, until the bills are paid, I can't get those candle holders that call out to me from the local thrift shop, or gather the money for that athame that I am coveting on the pagan shopping page I found. 

While these items will have to wait, I am finding it hard to find an alter cloth that calls to me or that I like that will work for now.  I have looked everywhere and haven't come up with a single alter cloth that fits in with me.

A thought occurred to me today:  Can I knit or sew myself an alter cloth?  

If I were to sew, I would have to hand sew on a white or other solid colored cloth, then use some kind of fabric paint or something to make it my own.  That would be fun and useful. I could even make other things to match the cloth, like pouches and things.

If I knit my alter cloth (which I definitely CAN do), what color or colors should I use, and should I use the name brands from the hobby shop or should I splurge and get the expensive handspun and dyed yarn from a local yarn shop, or use the special yarn I have here for it?  

I like the idea of doing both, really.  I can do either one, even embroider if I choose to hand sew my alter cloth.  There are so many possibilities that I can't decide.  They all require time and effort.

The actual question is where can I find patterns on making one for myself.  It looks like I will be doing some research and finding the group of crafty witches here!!

Blessed be!

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Comment by Enigma on July 22, 2018 at 4:29pm

You talking about making an altar cloth got me to thinking. I’d like to make my own altar. It would be square shaped, made of oak, and about waist high. I would embed twelve stones right into the wood around the edges and place a thirteenth stone into the wood directly in the center. No metal parts to hold the altar together, just cut the wood to fit the pieces together than use tree sap to glue them. Carvings of serpents climbing up the legs with deer and other creatures carved around the sides. That would be so cool.

Comment by Raven Pegasus on July 22, 2018 at 4:55pm

My dad used to do a lot of wood working when he retired.  He loved working with wood and creating. I am sure you could make your own alter, it may lead to making other things too.  When you do, show me pictures, I would love to see the finished product.

I decided to go ahead and use fabric and embroidery for my alter cloth. Have fun!!

Comment by Ragnell on July 23, 2018 at 1:40pm

This doesn't exactly address your question, but can I throw something in about athames?  Until you find the one that calls to you, you can use the pointer finger of your dominant hand with the other fingers and thumb curled back.  An athame and a wand are both extensions of your arm, and a way to project your energy (will).  Your pointer finger will work just fine and there's a long history behind it.  B*B*  (Wiccan of many years here).

Comment by Enigma on July 24, 2018 at 10:05am

The blade from Jeepers Creepers II 'talks' to me.

Comment by Raven Pegasus on July 26, 2018 at 5:34pm

Thank you so much! All of this information has certainly been wonderful! Who, I wish I had that kind of gift to make my own athame, but I don't.  I loved hearing the stories of your athames, it makes them so much more special.

I am going to let my athame come to me when it is time. Ragnell is right, I can use my dominant hand until then or use my wand since it called to me a while ago.  There is definitely no rush since I will be on my path for a very long time.

My alter cloth will be easier for me to make since I do have the skills to sew or knit.

You guys are amazing!  Thank you so much!

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