Stitching Ritual: Say Their Names
Samhain is a time when the veil is thin and we think of those who have passed on. For many of us this means thinking of who we have known and loved, however I think we should also honor and acknowledge the passing of those who have had their lives stolen.
This is a small, contemplative stitching ritual that remembers people of color who have been murdered in the US.
Set up your ritual area however you choose to, have a piece cloth about 8 inches square. Choose a thread that is darker in color - purple, brown, dark red etc. With each stitch, say the name of someone who has been listed as murdered. There is a list at this website: Say Their Names
As you participate in this ritual, meditate on how you can be part of the change. Place your completed stitches on your altar, or somewhere you can see it to remind you of the struggle.
Here are some important resources:
Black Lives Matter
Southerners on New Ground
American Civil Liberties Union
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I'm Liz Watkin a fiber artist and educator with an online learning background. I've been sewing since I was a kid and love the therapeutic nature of crafts.