I tend to think that being a witch is not always about what you do but what you notice. For me it’s a disposition, to see wonder wherever I can and observe the magic that is around and within us.
Take seeds, a seed is a truly remarkable thing. They are tiny spells, proving to us time and again that life and growth are possible.
I find solace in this at a time when the world seems so broken (has it ever not been?).
To honor seeds and the inimitable forces of Spring, I share with you some ideas about seed stitch. Seed stitch is an easy stitch to learn but its applications are varied. It is a collection of small random stitches that can be grouped together to form a mass of color and texture. Below is a video I made showing how to do seed stitch. It’s one that I use a lot in my own work.
A Seed Stitch Ritual
For this ritual you will need a small piece of cloth - any old scrap will do.
Am embroidery needle.
Some embroidery thread.
Additionally you might want a candle and some incense. Or you can sit outside somewhere and spend time in the natural world while you sew.
Think about something you want to begin - a project or maybe a quality in yourself.
Meditate on this intention and ask spirit to help you with your plan.
Begin sewing seed stitches across your piece of cloth and as you do, say the following “With each stitch, may my intention grow. Sew, grow.”
Add as many little seed stitches as you like. When you are done, either carry the cloth with you, put it on your altar or somewhere you’ll see it everyday.
If you want to be creative you can add little patches of cloth and seed stitch over them. But make sure you keep it simple to maintain the integrity of your intent.