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Newbie says hi and a question! [Sep. 25th, 2009|06:51 pm]
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[mood |creative]

Hi everyone!  I just found this community and was very glad to have done so.  I am a newly-initiated priest of Yemaya Okute in the Afro-Cuban Lucumi/Santeria tradition.  I am looking to start a small business selling handmade rosaries dedicated to the Orishas.

A lot of Lucumi folks are attempting to shed the Catholic overlay that has been a major part of Santeria over the years, and I can't honestly say as I blame them. However, I myself am very fond of the saints, and I know there are still a lot of folks out there who incorporate them into their Lucumi/Santeria practice.  I thought Orisha rosaries would be a nice way to combine these devotions.

The rosaries will be made up of beads in the colors of the chosen Orisha, with a centerpiece portraying the saint with which the Orisha has been traditionally associated.  For example, a Yemaya rosary will consist of blue and white (or clear) beads, with silver findings and a centerpiece of the Virgen de Regla, or perhaps Stella Maris.

And this is where my question comes in.  Many of the saints associated with the Orishas are more commonly worshipped in Latin American countries, such as (obviously) Cuba.  I am having a heck of a time finding rosary centerpieces dedicated to the Latino saints.  I have been able to find La Caridad del Cobre (associated with Oshun) and El Nino de Atocha (Eleggua), but that is about it.  Yemaya is connected to La Virgen de Regla, as I mentioned, and also with Stella Maris.  Virgen de Regla centerpieces are nowhere to be found (did find some Stella Maris ones).  I am also unable to find La Virgen de las Mercedes (Our Lady of Mercy), who is associated with Obatala, or Our Lady of Candelaria, who is often associated with Oya.

Does anyone have any idea at all where I might be able to find Latino saint centerpieces?  I have found several medals, which I may end up attaching to the rosaries if I'm unable to find centerpieces.  Obviously, cost is a factor as well.  I'd like to keep them as inexpensive as I can but still of decent quality.

OH!  And Latino saint holy cards as well - does anyone have any resources?  I have found a few, but I've a feeling I might be missing something somewhere...  I would like to include a holy card along with the rosary.

Many thanks for taxing your patience and picking your brains!

PS:  Please check out my blog at http://bovedabeads.blogspot.com
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Challah cloth sizes [May. 1st, 2009|01:42 pm]
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I'm planning to make a challah cloth for my parents. I know that they only use one challah rather than two, and that the 21" x 21" challah cloth I made for someone else would be too big for their needs, but I cannot get them to bother measuring their current challah cloth and I want to get on with making it! Does anyone know what a good size would be?

In addition, it's going to be a patchwork cloth rather than the complex embroidery I did last time, though there'll probably be a small amount of embroidery and beading. I'm trying to work out what to use as backing (cotton since the front will be cotton, or the more traditional satin?) and whether I should use lightweight iron-on interfacing or anything like that on the back of the patchwork. I've never used interfacing in my life, nor have I ever embroidered onto patchwork and I'm not sure how tricky it'll be to sew through the seam allowances. Any thoughts?
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Prayer beads [Jan. 28th, 2007|06:57 pm]
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Greetings all,

This post was originally placed in 3faithdialogue, where elettaria suggested that I ask here too. I'm not sure how many people are in both communities, so the rest is placed under acutCollapse )
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Bridal challah cloth finished [Oct. 25th, 2006|10:31 am]
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Tallit [Sep. 28th, 2006|08:48 am]
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I bought a bundle of tzitzits the other day (for the uninitiated, tzitzits are the fringes that Jews tie to the four corners of the tallit, or prayer shawl) and some white fabric of various sorts with the intention of making myself a tallit. This is not something that I have ever done before. I have two tallitot already, one is a small beautiful handpainted silk one which my grandmother gave me for my bat mitzvah, and one is a large plain pale blue tallit made by my mother for my father which came to me after they divorced.

I've been wanting to make a tallit for a long time, but the main motivation which caused me to go out and actually buy the ingredients, so to speak, was the approach of Yom Kippur, during which there is a tradition to wear white. I would really like to have a white tallit though looking at the project now, I don't think I'll actually have it done by Yom Kippur. Anyway, I wanted to post about it to give myself some motivation. If others know about it, then I'm going to have to work on it and get it done so I can show it to you, right? ;)
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Umbrella Christian beads? [Sep. 27th, 2006|10:29 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

Hi - I just joined this group - what an interesting mix.

I attend a contemporary Protestant church (UCC). Are there any interesting prayer beads that would be relevant to this group? Sometimes in gift shops, I see prayer beads like, "angel bracelets" or different beads with colors meaning different things, but I was wondering if there was something with historical/traditional meaning AND could be non-denominational or "generic Christian."

Yes, I am aware I said contemporary church/tradional beads...I'm just looking for a meaning behind it.
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Prayer Beads [Aug. 30th, 2006|11:16 am]
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Given the last post on rosaries, I was reminded of the many traditions that employ some kind of prayer beads. Do any of you make your own in a non-Catholic style? Any tips, suggestions or photos to share?

I've seen the Buddhist style beads- mala. And quite some time ago I made a very simple set of prayer beads from antique turkish beads and knotted leather. Sadly, they disappeared in a move. I used to know a woman who made Pagan prayer beads and I bought a set for a friend. Instead of a crucifix, there was a goddess figure. The order and color of the beads went by season, I think. So many interesting variations! The Wikipedia article mentions many of the types of prayer beads.

Also, this site on one woman's journey with developing her own personalized types of prayer beads might be another good resource.
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Links and resources [Aug. 29th, 2006|03:16 am]
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Welcome, everyone! Does anyone have any suggestions for links and resources I could put in the user info, or just ideas for adding to or changing the user info come to that? Someone gave a link for a rosary supplier in the previous post, for instance. You could also mention books which may be useful, or other communities which would be good to link to (and if you want to advertise there, please do).

I'm your friendly moderator, and I'll probably co-opt a few more if anyone's interested. Despite practically everyone on jewishwomen having volunteered, I think it'd be good to have mods from other faiths to begin with. I'm Jewish, living in the UK, and I embroider mainly. You can see what I've been working on here: I made myself a tallit [prayer shawl] last summer, and I'm now designing a challah [ritual bread] cloth for my best friend's sister, who's getting married in a couple of months.
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Hi [Aug. 28th, 2006|03:51 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

I just joined... I thought this place looked interesting. I was just wondering about rosaries... my future mom-in-law is catholic, and I wanted to make her one for christmas. Could someone show me how/ give tips? Thank you:P
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