Spring is here, the sun is out and festivals are fast approaching! Here’s what Strumpets have been buying at the shop– 15 of the most popular items. To see them all, visit the Best Sellers collection at feralstrumpet.co.uk.
- Witches Ladder Bespoke Necklace. Made to order based on your unique path, inspired by your story.
- Old School Goth Glasses Chain Great to use with Sunglasses as well as regular specs or reading glasses!
- Bronze Nahusha Hoops in 12g Delicate and luxe for stretched lobes.
Aluminium Tesla Hoops in 4g Our largest hoops are still lightwieght and easy to wear through tunnels or bare stretched lobes.
- Nahusha hoops in aluminum. Minimalist hoops designed for stretched lobes or tunnels.
- Aluminium Pennanular Brooch for bulky knits Perfect for chunky knits, this lightweight rustic brooch won’t weigh your stitches down!
- Mini Tesla Hoops, our most popular gauged hoop in a smaller diameter. This is a great unisex design. A totally wearable yet bold hoop!
- Patchwork Heart Necklace. One of my earliest necklaces, this long standing favourite is a testament to the survivor’s spirit.
- Tribal Hoops This design is well loved amongst tribal belly dancers! It has an ear wire for a regular piercing but also can be worn in stretched lobes through a tunnel.
- Triple Moon Goddess Necklace This Victorian Inspired piece pays homage to the triple moon and its correspondence to the triple goddess.
- Pennanular Brooch in Bronze A lightweight brooch suitable for worsted or DK knits. The bronze I used resembles rose gold.
- Druzy Geode Ear Weights Earth bling at its best– these ear weights are designed to be worn through stretched lobes. They hand from Aluminum hoops and can be worn through bare piercings or tunnels.
- Worry Ring Made to order in your size in either copper or sterling silver, these look wonderful when stacked, as they thread together.
- Morrigan Glasses Chain A shorter version of my Old School Glasses Chain, this one has Celtic Knot accents and Moody Czech glass instead of skulls.
- Witches Moon Earrings. These glorious, pentagram adorned statement earrings are relatively new to the shop, but are flying out the door!
Flying Ointment, the poisonous balm that aided witches in flight, has many recipes. Modern ones might not get you there, as the most potent and potentially lethal ingredients will have been omitted. In this necklace, however, I’ve included three of the most dangerous. Datura, henbane and nighshade are represented with Czech glass flowers and the beautifully detailed little Queen stands in for the beeswax vehicle. Soot is often mentioned as an ingredient– hence the black colourway of the piece. I’ve included the skulls because if the recipes for flying ointment teach us anything, it’s that witches were skilled poisoners as well as herbalists, and the nuanced proportions of ingredients in the ointment could either aid in soul flight, alleviate the pain of childbirth or other woes through “twilight sleep”, or of course, kill you.
One of the oldest recorded accounts of the use of flying ointment is from the 2nd century in Apuleius’ delightful Golden Ass. There are also recipes mentioned in Margaret Murray’s exhaustive (and exhausting) Witch Cult in Western Europe, which modern day witches can only read critically, trying to decipher the truth through the lens of these “confessions” often elicited under torture. Much of the evidence we have left to us from our powerful female ancestors is weighted with such distortions. Perhaps by flying ourselves to visit them, through soul-flight and meditation, we might know a better truth. Often witches are depicted flying in groups, communing– there are few solitaries where flight is concerned! So were such ancestral Sabbats the ultimate destination of their night flights as well? Did they also meet with those who’d come before, not at a literal Brocken but somewhere else beyond this time and space?
This necklace was made to honour the hedge riders of the past who risked everything for wisdom and the healing of others.
For a more in-depth treatment of this subject online, see Sarah Ann Lawless’ Blog.
We are making room for new designs in 2017, and are busy filling up the Boxing Day Sale Section at feralstrumpet.co.uk. Starting on Boxing day, you’ll find some old favourites there and many more new pieces– one offs and prototypes, all an additional 50% off with coupon code KANGAROO. This offer is good from Dec. 26th-Jan. 2nd, 2016. (This offer can’t be combined with other coupons or offers and can’t be used retrospectively.) Here’s a peek at just a few of the designs that will be on sale!
Dwarfs get a bad rap– chthonic whistling hoarders, pathologically sneezing, sleeping or grumpy, these homunculi have never been able to compete with the glamour of elves. But what if I told you they really were elves?
When I first started cold forging, it was a magical process. As I have become more masterful, something else guides my hands, something older and wiser than myself, but who or what is helping me?
According to Norse myth, dwarfs were born from the maggots swarming the dead body of Ymir, the primordial giant birthed from melting ice in the great void. Their beginnings were less than auspicious, it’s true. Dwarves have made some of the most powerful artifacts of Norse legend– Thor’s hammer, Freya’s necklace, the magic ring Draupir, the fetter to bind the apocalytpic wolf Fenrir and Odin’s spear as well as the replacement for Siv’s golden hair.
The delicacy of my wire work, the fluidity of the copper and vine-like qualities of the metal come from hands that have begun to ache with arthritis, that are cut and calloused. It is a common theme in mythology that the smiths that create great beauty are wounded, misshapen, as if their bodies are a foil to their creations. I’m no different.
But in the words of the Völva in the Völuspá, what of the elves?
In Norse mythology, dwarfs live in Nidvallir, or Dark Fields, which is also called Svartalhiem or dark-elf-land. Dwarfs are dark elves. I have named my recent collection after their ancestor Sindri. Adornment was a powerful force in Norse myth, and beauty forged of metal and stone was an essential part of Old Norse life. The power to make such things was seen as magical, something which originated with the beginnings of the universe. When the gods made their first temples they also made forges alongside them. They smelted ore and created tongs and tools for smithing before even creating human beings. The dark elves are the keepers of these first secrets, and they have shared them with me.