June 6, 2016

Textile Artistry – The Goddess Collection

Left to right: Ran, Holda, Skadi, Eostre, Zisa, Nerthus, Hel
Left to right: Freyja, Ran, Holda, Skadi, Eostre, Zisa, Nerthus, Hel, Frigga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those who know me, you probably know that I adore textile art! I’ve been sewing, weaving, spinning, and needle felting for a long time. I love textiles so much I nearly lost my mind researching and writing my Master’s thesis on ancient and early Medieval fashion and textile history! And for those who know me really well, it should come as no surprise that I am very interested in mythology, especially Scandinavian mythology. I’ve used my knowledge of the Scandinavian goddesses and ancient clothing to create these needle felted sculptures. I’ve chosen not to make representations of the gods yet.┬áNot that I have anything against male deities, but they get enough play. The goddesses are lesser known in the modern day, but just as important in the cosmology of ancient Scandinavian mythology.

Recently I saw the cutest little needle felted fairies on Pinterest and had to learn to make them. Of course, I didn’t want to make fairies. I had originally meant to make gnomes, but once I started making the first one it became Frigga.

My first Frigga
My first Frigga

Frigga1 back

Over the next several months I kept making different Scandinavian and Germanic goddess sculptures. As does anything one practices, the sculptures got better and better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the Ladies that are currently available in my Etsy store.

Frigga
Frigga
Freyja
Freyja

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frau Holda
Frau Holda
Nerthus
Nerthus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eostre (aka Ostara)
Eostre (aka Ostara)
Zisa
Zisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hel
Hel
Ran
Ran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eostre (aka Ostara)
Eostre (aka Ostara)
Skadi
Skadi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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