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Dria El
June 21st, 2001, 07:29 AM
In old agricultural ceremonies, a Brigit doll for the altar was made from the last harvested sheaf of grain, saved for this occasion. Wheat stalks are available from craft stores, but we prefer a simple doll that we make from the immense rosemary bushes that grow throughout northern California. Any long needled evergreen branches, flexible and fresh, from 8 to 12 inches long work well.

You will need:
10-13 branches of rosemary, evergreen, or twice as many bunches of long pine
needles
Twine or narrow ribbon
Red holly berries, small cranberries, or small flowers
toothpicks

Directions for branches:
Tie the cut ends of all but one branch tightly together, about 1 1/2 inches below the cut ends. This forms the neck, with the head above. About 2 1/2 inches below the first tie, tightly tie the branches together again, forming the waist. Cut the saved branch in half, and push each half in between the neck and waist, making two arms. Fluff out the spray of branches below the waist into a full skirt, or divide and tie for legs.

To crown the Brigit doll:
Spear the berries or flowers with the toothpicks, then insert the picks into the head. Arrange the crown to cover the branches cut ends.

From Circle Round by Starhawk