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Persephone Custom Goddess

I don't know if I've mentioned it here, but I love doing custom work. I'm inspired by the exchange of energy that comes from hearing what someone wants and bringing it to life. My latest commission came from a dream customer, one who is as excited about handmade magic as I am. She wanted a representation of Persephone. She shared a lot of ideas, but ultimately gave me permission to do what felt right. (She was also extremely patient when I had to move house in the middle of working on her goddess, and encouraged me to take care of business at home and finish the goddess when I got settled. Like I said, dream customer.)

Persephone Knitted Goddess

The yarn I chose was Madeline Tosh DK in the colorway "Fathom." Mad Tosh yarns are dreamy to work with, and I love that they're hand-dyed in small batches in the U.S., and that the business started out as one woman's Etsy shop and has grown into something wonderful.

Persephone Knitted Goddess Close-Up

The customer wanted daisies, and a circlet with a light stone and a dark one to represent Persephone's dual nature, spending half the year in the underworld and half the year above ground. I chose black tourmaline and citrine. (Though in photos the black tourmaline is, admittedly, difficult to see.)

Persephone Knitted Goddess Close Up

She also wanted Maidenhair Fern. There are a few different varieties of Maidenhair, so I took my inspiration from the one that grows here in the Pacific Northwest. I especially love the way the plant grows in a spiral, which seems so fitting for a goddess with such a cyclical nature. And, of course, she wanted a pomegranate, and I created mine split open to reveal the six seeds (represented by tiny garnet beads) that tied Persephone to the underworld for six months of the year.

Persephone Knitted Goddess Back

Of course, I can't seem to create anything without including at least a few spirals. I used a combination of two colors of embroidery floss and remnants of another skein of Madeline Tosh from a previous project. Multiple shades of the same color gave welcome depth to the stitching.

This little lady is on her way to Canada with two other goddesses and a talisman from my shop. I'm so pleased they're going to someone who will love them as much as I do.

If you want a goddess of your own, you can purchase one from my shop, contact me for a custom order, or purchase my pattern from Hagstone Publishing's website, Etsy shop, or Ravelry store and knit one for yourself.

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Michelle Simkins

polytheist . writer . maker . witch

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