Sacred Textile Talismans

Silk and Wool protection talismans

One of my oldest passions is sewing as I’ve been doing it since I was a little girl coming as I do from a long line of seamstresses and quilters on both sides of the family. I’m also a bit obsessed with charm making and the two combine well for me resulting in a new batch of triangle protection talismans, nine crossroads keys, and animal foot amulets.

Talisman to protect from ghosts


Red protects from the dead. The talisman above is used to protect from unwanted invisible guests in your home or who are attached to you. It’s made from red cashmere wool embroidered in silk and wool with a protection symbol and stuffed with wild harvested Rowan berries and St. John’s Wort. The tassels are handmade by me as well from a red silk/wool blend from a local silk weaving studio and strung with Rowan berries. Such a talisman is meant to be hung over your front door to keep out ghosts or over your bed if they tend to only bother you at night when you’re trying to sleep.

Herbal and grisly contents of the evil eye talismans

Talisman to protect from the evil eye


Blue is another ancient colour of protection – especially sacred indigo – which was used to dye the fine silk the tassels are made from and embroidered the eye with. This talisman is crafted with blue felt and vintage sari silk dyed with an eye ikat pattern (on the reverse side of the talisman). The tassels are strung with antique African trade beads (once worn for protection), and the talisman itself is stuffed with evil eye repelling herbs and dried eyes. This is my favourite charm of the ones I made as it looks like something you’d find hanging from a gypsy wagon.

Crossroad Key and Crow Foot Talismans


These triangle skeleton key talismans are an idea I’ve been toying with for a while and I’m rather pleased with how they turned out. The triangles are raw black silk embroidered free hand on one side with owl and goat skulls and a triple crossroad key sigil on the other. Inside is the dirt collected from nine different crossroads in the forest (on my mountain) which I blessed and wrapped in red silk and then sewed up inside the black silk. The keys are antique and the talismans are strung on hand braided black cotton cords.

The taxidermied crow foot has been wrapped in a custom-fit piece of raw black silk embroidered with a crow in red and strung on a black braided cotton cord. I consider braiding the cords for my talismans as part of the magic – weaving magic into them as I go. I like how wicked and dark these black and red talismans look and I could easily do a whole series of them.

Waters of the Moon Hare Foot


A wild Arctic hare foot tightly wrapped with custom-fit white cotton velvet I embroidered with spirals in indigo-dyed silk and wool thread. The cord is hand braided white mercerised cotton. Hare’s feet are an ancient charm worn for luck, protection, and fertility.

Briar Rabbit Hare Foot


This foot is also wrapped with white velvet – this time appliquéd and embroidered with a blackberry vine complete with thorns. I know what you’re thinking: “where did these pretty, feminine, white magic rabbit feet come from? She usually makes dark things…” Well, I am a girl and sometimes pretty things just happen when I craft.

Sacred Textile Talismans

I hope you like my new offerings and maybe I’ve inspired you to craft your own beautiful charms for your magical needs – whether they be protection, prosperity, or for your witchcraft and spirit work.


13 Responses to “Sacred Textile Talismans”

  1. Very cool. Love the embroidery. And there is just something about that crow & key… that’s a combination that resonates deeply.

  2. Love these talismans, Sarah! I have a crows food that was gifted by a friend and I have yet to figure out what to do with it! Perhaps this will give me some ideas :D

  3. Carnivalia says:

    Wow, absolutely splendid. It seems you always come up with even more wonderful crafts. Blessings.

  4. Bappho says:

    So beautiful! They remind me of a protection amulet I got as a gift from Gambia when I was a child.

  5. Soli says:

    Those are beautiful amulets. As always, your work is glorious.

  6. These are gorgeous Sarah! I was so sad to see the hare talismans are already gone. I embroidered as a little girl and then for years I stopped. When I was 7 months pregnant I had a vivid dream of Archangel Michael and began fashioning the old time home protection packets people keep above their doors in New Orleans and all over the South-cloth work really speaks to me now.

  7. Annie says:

    Sarah, these are absolutely gorgeous!

  8. Casey Huber says:

    Wonderful!!! I look forward to you posts.

  9. db says:

    This is so completely inspiring right now. I have so many scraps, and I love embroidery, crochet and sewing, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to incorporate hand embellishments into my work more. Seeing your talismans started me sketching last night. These are so amazing!

  10. Carman says:

    These are absolutely beautiful, Sarah! I always look forward to your posts and your shop updates. I can’t wait for my talisman to come in the mail.

  11. Thorin Grigg says:

    quite inspiring indeed.

  12. Anne says:

    Very nice pieces. I’ve been struggling with small mirrors myself for protection, though I lack the embroidery ability you have. Your work is still inspiring me to keep trying, and I appreciate that!

  13. I love these and am so happy that there is an example for all to see of how to make beauty and not cheesy-looking craft. Well done as always.