Then last year I met a wonderful woman, and a mother herself, named Larisa C. Hunter, who also uses the name Mist. This multi - talented woman, she writes books, poems, and runs a kindred in Canada, called the Kenaz Kindred, is also a talented embroiderer of cloths as well. And more in particular to my needs, altar cloths. As part of her Kenaz Kindred she embroiders fine cloths under the name of Frigga's Loom. When I was exploring her website a while back I stumbled on her embroidery work and realized at once that this was the perfect gift for Frigga, and the final piece for her altar. I e - mailed her at once and told her what I was looking for. Then she told me what designs she could do, and after agreeing on design , payment, etc.. , the deal was struck. Within thirty days, ( and this was an international order ), I received the cloth and was able to place it on Frigga's altar, and finally dedicate it to our Great Goddess Mother Frigga.
Because I am a man I am going to let Larisa' s words describe the beauty of her creation ( And it is beautiful !):
" I made it to look like Frigga was carved out of marble, and that she was resting on a cloud; the three shining stars are the shape of the constellation, Frigga's Distaff, and her heron, and name are in shining color. I added the entire Futhark along the top, and spring branches around the cloth with French knots along the side to look like a lush garden of light colored flowers to celebrate the Mother Herself. "
Did you notice all the meaning that she gives to everthing in the embroidered cloth ? This wonderful description actually leaves off a few of the lovely details that she embroidered on the cloth. Frigga is sitting on a bench in a wonderful gown with stars sown into the lower skirt, while she is spinning wool. What I consider to be a wonderful addition also is the beautiful butterfly that has landed on the unspun wool. To me the butterfly represents the birth of life, not once, but twice ! We all know that the eggs hatch and the caterpillar is born, and then later it spins a cocoon and is reborn as a butterfly. I see this as a representation of us being born, and then through the cocoon of death, being reborn into the next cycle of our existence. It is just a spectacular piece to look at, and every time I do I see something new with another meaning.
Nothing represents Great Mother Frigga better than birth, life, and motherhood. This embroidered altar cloth gives a sense, no better yet, the true meaning of Frigga's altar, and is a beautiful creation by a very gifted woman, and someone who I am proud to call a friend. Her Logo / Card has written upon it : Frigga's Loom : Hand Embroidered Pieces Inspired By The Gods, and after seeing her work first hand, I believe that her hands are guided by the Gods themselves.
To see this talented woman's work go to the website for Kenaz Kindred, and click on Frigga's Loom. She has quite a few examples posted on her website, including mine, to choose from, and she does work with customers on custom orders. If you decide to order she will most definitely work with you on design and price. As I mentioned earlier she does take international orders, and she claims that she can do most orders in one month. Which is exactly what she promised, and delivered to me. I have had several dealings with Larisa personally, and can assure you that she is a wonderful person who works with, and for the Gods and Goddesses. I know that I am very happy that I met her. She is a credit to the Asatru religion !
Kenaz Kindred : Doing the Gods work : http://www.kenaz.ca
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !