woven threads

i want to live in a world that feels ancient, atmosphere thick and hazy with enchantment, mist rolling over golden hills beneath a pale sunrise, clear glittering rivers spilling over luscious moss, gentle beasts of lore roaming the forests and skies, lovely rose briars and curving thickets teeming with fireflies, dandelion seeds wandering along dirt paths between the trees

vibrant market places and peddlers of spells and flutes carved by elves and charmed pendants and tapestries woven with gold thread, coin purses emptying into the hands of eager children, the sound of metal clanging in a blacksmith’s forge and hearty eruptions of laughter from a candlelit alehouse and friendly bartering and the droning nasal tone of old instruments and horse hooves against cobblestone, innkeepers welcoming weary travelers to rest in tiny rooms with four post beds, heraldic banners fluttering in the wind

witches living peacefully on the outskirts and blessing the ill with herbal remedies, floral vines over the front doors of delightful cabins with dried flowers scattering wooden tables and wicker baskets of fresh linens in the corner and crisp brown bread on clay plates, clothing lines with lace dresses strung up over bubbling streams

kingdom walls of cracked stone and creeping moss, chapels with high ceilings and mosaic windows and reverent priests and a choir of pure angelic voices, a cluttered library of stained maps and dusty scrolls and tales inked in meticulous calligraphy, a hidden armory with intricately crafted steel weapons, a vast empty courtyard and castle rising high above villages ruled fairly by a reclusive warrior queen

Barely six months ago I sat down and wrote a post about Jay’s life and passing. As with so many things, I never imagined we would find ourselves here again so soon. Grief on the tips of our tongues, as those we support and love live through one of the hardest of times there can be; the loss of a parent. Then as now, I feel there is little we can say with any true knowledge, save our experiences from the fandom side. A few words are all I can offer, framed by my own experience of loss.

Robin Twist. A charming man with a delightful name, always ready with a large smile and a quick joke, not least at Harry’s expense. I remember him from the earliest days of The X Factor, at Harry’s side with the rest of his family cheering him on, and speaking of the new family Harry had found in the boys. Always supportive, always ready with a warm hug, always so proud of the boy who had left home to audition at sixteen, and who never came back home.

It’s a measure of the man he was that he had Harry be best man at his wedding to Anne, and that Harry was so supportive of their relationship. As a child of two families where both parents remarried, I know how hard it can be to make all those new relationships work, and it’s credit to all involved that they made it seem so seamless and effortless, and that love seemed to be the centre of it all. I’m also lucky enough to have step parents that just became parents; a safe place and a warm hug whenever they are needed. I know that’s not always the case with everyone when melding families, and I’m so glad for them all (from all we were privileged to see), that Harry and Gemma seemed to have that kind of relationship with Robin. A Dad, in all the ways that mattered.

Robin always struck me as someone it would be fun to meet for a quiet pint which would then turn into a raucous session, underlined with his quick wit and warm heart. A presence like a heartbeat, life circulating around him. These are things I’ll never know to be true, but I like to hope that they were.

I can truly say that Robin is woven like a bright thread into the history of the 1D fandom family, there from the get go, always so supportive and proud, even as recently as a few weeks ago, clad in Harry’s bright silver boots and his hat at his London gig, there with a joke and a laugh with fans. There are so many memories he’ll be part of, a hug and a smile, and a bit of banter. He had a sparkle in his eyes and it always caught the light.

Robin, I’m so, so glad you got to see Harry perform his new songs live (duck noise and all). I will never, ever hear Woman without thinking of you. You made me and so many others laugh so very much, with your ability to keep Harry’s feet on the ground in the funniest of ways. And that is a glorious thing.

To Anne, Amy, Mike, Gemma and Harry, and all his family and friends now living with the loss of such a warm and vibrant presence, I can only say hold close to those memories and to that laughter, to help you through the days when you can no longer find a smile. The days will seem endless, and they will not be easy. But there will, I hope for you, come a time when there are more smiles than tears. When those very stories will make you laugh instead of cry. I hope you reach those days when you are ready, and can hold steady to one another until they come to pass. I hope that you all get the quiet and space you need in these coming days and weeks, and that some day far from now you find one another again, in those places you’ve never been.

x

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Last week I got back from the 18th European Textile Network Conference in Borås, Sweden. It was an incredibly inspiring trip full of talks and exhibitions about weaving, fashion and textiles. Here are some photos of various types of looms, from ancient hand looms to huge industrial Jacquard looms. During the 19th century the textile industry grew large in Borås and now even though the production has been moved to countries with cheap labour force, it has one of the best Fashion and Textiles schools in the world. For anyone considering studying this is a great option (and free, no tuition fees)! Another positive aspect of the school is that it emphasises industry projects so students work on a variety of projects for businesses around the world before they even graduate. Part of me wanted to stay and study there as the atmosphere and facilities are very stimulating. But now I am back to my ancient looms in Kaimakli trying to channel all the inspiration I got from Borås :)

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Gan Ying, a Chinese explorer in Ancient Rome

As some of this blog’s most loyal followers may know, one topic which Peashooter is especially obsessed with is Ancient Roman contacts with Han dynasty China, or Chinese contacts with Ancient Rome.  One piece of history that piques his interest Is the story of Gan Ying, an ancient Chinese explorer that almost made it to the Roman Empire. In the year 97 AD Gan Ying was sent west by the Chinese General Ban Chao to explore rumors of a mysterious empire to the west whose power was said to rival that of China.  At the time, both China and Rome had vague notions of each other’s existence, as both powers shared trade goods across the Silk Road.  In years previous, there were rumors of Sino-Roman contact, including tales of Chinese ambassadors visiting the court of Emperor Augustus.  However, the journey of Gan Ying is the first well documented and proven attempt at Chinese-Roman contact.

Gan Ying journeyed the well traveled merchant routes of the Silk Road.  According to records of his journey, he made it as far as the “Western Sea”.  Most historians believe the Western Sea to be the Persian Gulf.  However, other historians cite that the Western Sea was described as a vast ocean that took weeks, perhaps months to cross.  Given that the Persian Gulf is no vast sea, some historians speculate that Gan Ying was referring to the Mediterranean.  Peashooter is one of the few who agrees.  Deterred by tales of a vast ocean, Gan Ying decided to return home rather than continue on to Rome itself.  However, before leaving for his return journey, Gan Ying interviewed various peoples to learn more about Rome.  He describes the Roman Empire as thus,

“Roman territory extends for several thousands of li (Chinese miles). It has more than four hundred walled cities. There are several tens of smaller dependent kingdoms. The walls of the towns are made of stone. They have established postal relays at intervals, which are all plastered and whitewashed. There are pines andcypresses, as well as trees and plants of all kinds”

Gan Ying further describes the Roman government and economy,

Their kings are not permanent. They select and appoint the most worthy man. If there are unexpected calamities in the kingdom, such as frequent extraordinary winds or rains, he is unceremoniously rejected and replaced. The one who has been dismissed quietly accepts his demotion, and is not angry. The people of this country are all tall and honest. They resemble the people of the Middle Kingdom and that is why this kingdom is called Da Qin [or ‘Great China’]. This country produces plenty of gold [and] silver, [and of] rare and precious [things] they have luminous jade, 'bright moon pearls,’ Haiji rhinoceroses, coral, yellow amber, opaque glass, whitish chalcedony, red cinnabar, green gemstones, goldthread embroideries, rugs woven with gold thread, delicate polychrome silks painted with gold, and asbestos cloth. They also have a fine cloth which some people say is made from the down of 'water sheep,’ but which is made, in fact, from the cocoons of wild silkworms. They blend all sorts of fragrances, and by boiling the juice, make a compound perfume. [They have] all the precious and rare things that come from the various foreign kingdoms. They make gold and silver coins. Ten silver coins are worth one gold coin. They trade with Anxi [Parthia] and Tianzhu [Northwest India] by sea. The profit margin is ten to one. … The king of this country always wanted to send envoys to Han, but Anxi [Parthia], wishing to control the trade in multi-coloured Chinese silks, blocked the route to prevent [the Romans] getting through [to China].“

All of the above is accurate, with the various goods described being produced somewhere in the Roman Empire or imported from foreign lands.  Gan Ying’s description of Roman government at the time, however, is a bit off as Roman Emperors tended to either live a very long prosperous reign, or a short reign ending in extreme violence.  Most historians believe that Gan Ying was ascribing Roman Government with traditional Chinese government, which relied upon elected ministers who shared power with the Han Emperor.  Peashooter speculates that Gan Ying may have confused the government of the Roman Empire with that of the fallen Roman Republic, whose consuls were limited to serving only 1 year terms.

After Gan Ying’s journeys to Rome, the Chinese would continue to refer to the Romans as the “Da Qin”.  While Gan Ying may or may not have reached the Roman Empire it was the first fully record attempt to do so. The first official contact between Rome and China occurred in 166 AD when Chinese records show that envoys from the DaQin sent by King Andun (Emperor Marcus Aurelius) visited the court of the Han Emperor.  Since then several other envoys were sent by the Roman Empire, and later the Eastern (Byzantine) Roman Empire.  Further proof of the Roman-Chinese contact can be found with the many Roman trade goods discovered in China such as coins, asbestos fireproof textiles, and glassware, as well as the many surviving Chinese trade goods found in Europe, such as silk and jewelry.

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Summer kimono. Taisho period (1911-1927), Japan.  The Kimono Gallery. A woven silk hitoe (unlined) summer kimono featuring wild carp. The carp (koi) when used on a woman’s garment such as this example is emblematic of faithfulness in marriage and general good fortune. Some of the carp are silver and others black; the silver ones were created by silver-metallic thread woven inserts.  The kimono ‘canvas’ with these silver and black carp against a mottled blue atmospheric background is dramatic and experimental, befitting the Taisho period kimono renaissance.

Imagine Brosca, cursing, covered in filth, with only their snarl and the rusty sword they took from a darkspawn corpse, lost in the dark but still alive and savvy enough and determined to survive, to spite all those lordly, noble nug turds who thought it a disgrace that a mere Duster could win their stupid Proving. Imagine them seeing a light in the distance, a little flicker of flame, shadows dancing against the blighted cave wall…

Imagine Aeducan as they contemplate vengeance, honour, shame, the fact that none of it matters now, as they sit by the light of their fire and sharpen the heirloom sword that is now their only possession. When a creature comes stumbling out of the black end of the tunnel it springs to their hand, but it’s only another dwarf, casteless but smart enough to know you fight darkspawn with your mouth closed, wary but willing to hold off an immediate attack. Imagine the two of them, with the map slipped to Aeducan in secret on Gorim’s last visit and Brosca’s unparalleled stone sense, finding their way to the surface, the light after so much darkness, sharing a look as they crane their heads back to take in the impossible breadth of the sky.

Imagine Surana, sweet, sheltered, a gifted healer still reeling from their Harrowing, thrust into the jaws of war at Ostagar. There, men die bloody, screaming, eyes going milky even before their last shuddering breath, and there is worse to come. When the horde surges over the ground, and the line breaks, and the reinforcements don’t come, imagine that Surana flees into the Wilds, fire bursting from their fingertips, guided by nothing less primal than instinct and terror, until at last, exhausted, they find themselves stumbling into a camp looming with tattooed faces and bristling with arrows.

Imagine Mahariel, their last energy spent staggering back to the aravels, memory a blank except for Tamlen – Tamlen, so brave as he told them to run and stayed behind, lost to the mirror – knowing with certainty the song will consume them if the wounds do not. And then into the nightmare comes a healer, an elf with a face unmarked by vallaslin who learned herb lore from the kennel master, and magic from the greatest minds in Thedas. Imagine the tears of relief as the song fades, as the aches like a raptor’s claws slowly loosen their grip in a glow of green light. Imagine, the templars might come, one day, but if and when they do, they’ll face all of Clan Sabrae, not just its newest member.

Imagine Tabris, awaiting death in a dark cell and glad the guards are too scared or too well disciplined to try for any extra sport before the execution. Their only regret is that Vaughan took too short a time to die. The brief bubble of his blood is still not enough to cool the fury they feel at the injustices done to the elves. Their fist clenches. If only they had done more. Imagine a commotion outside the dungeon, sounds of fighting, shouting, and then nothing. The lock clicks open. When Tabris finally plucks up the courage to move, they find nothing but an empty corridor, a line of dead men, and a note tied to the key: Friends know what you did. Follow left and down the steps – and don’t worry, the smell of sewer water doesn’t last as long as corpse rot. There’s a future that way. xx RJ

Imagine months later, Kirkwall, the sooty, crusted taproom of the Hanged Man. Three human lordlings, drunk on more than ale, decide to find some fun in the alienage, where the Guard don’t go. As they guffaw and stagger towards the door, another figure slips out behind, hands already twitching to dagger hilts, a sour smile beneath a shadowed hood.

Imagine Amell, who always has their nose in a book, their ear to the ground, knowing something is coming, something that will change the shape of the Circle. They can’t go to the templars – there’s one who might listen, but not in time to act. So they turn to Anders instead, that infamous escapee locked in the crypt, alone with the rats and the demons. Amell will get him out, if he helps them to get away. And what to do once there’s solid ground beneath their feet? There’s more than one war battering Ferelden, after all, and though Anders insists nobody can be trusted, it’s never long before he ends up back in the Circle. Imagine they head north, perhaps with some dim idea of seeking out family on the other side of the Waking Sea, only to find life in the Circle did very little to prepare for a survival outside it. They’re caught one chilly morning, stealing food from a cart marked with the sigil of the Bear, and with magic or not there’s too many armed and angry men to take care of all at once. Then the ground begins to shake and the night explodes with cavalry. Blood spurts, soldiers scream, and when it’s over and all the Arl’s men have gone tumbling down, Amell catches sight of a figure standing in front of the flames. A figure embossed with the sign of the Laurels.

Imagine Cousland, then, who cannot get the stench of smoke out of their hair or the blood off their hands. Imagine how every beat of their heart is a reminder of the once proud blood that seeped beneath the castle floor. They run hot with vengeance, cold with guilt, their last and only thought to see justice done upon the architect of their family’s destruction. And so the resistance grows, knights, commoners, and even apostates rallying behind the only figurehead left in Ferelden who can match the usurper regent and his dog, the Cousland name against the Hero’s reputation, and slowly Loghain’s woven thread unspools. And imagine one day, fresh from battle, they meet a band of warriors on the road, two Grey Wardens and sundry others, heading for the curse of Soldier’s Peak. There were no Laurels at Ostagar, they’re told. Fergus never made it. Still, they share what they can, with the knowledge that they all must fight this war in their own ways, but not alone. Loghain will pay. Howe will pay. And until then, Cousland will do their duty.


So I refuse to believe that the origins Duncan didn’t save actually died.

sarcoptid  asked:

Hi, I was wondering if you perhaps knew what the pretty round fans are called that the girls in a lot of these photos have? They're so pretty!

Hi, thanks for the question!

Those pretty round fans are called “tuanshan/团扇”. Please check out my “tuanshan” tag for information and photos. In particular, Mingsonjia has a really informative post on tuanshan here.

Also known as the “rigid fan” or “fixed fan”, the tuanshan is made of cloth (usually silk) stretched over a frame, or of woven bamboo threads. The cloth is often painted or embroidered with natural imagery: flowers, birds, butterflies, scenery, etc. The handle can be long or short.

Tuanshan are usually round (they were originally shaped to resemble the moon), but they come in many different shapes.

(Note: all tuanshan shown here are from 霜天晓角李晶.) Hope this helps!

Pokemon Offerings and Working With Them Masterpost

Here is a masterpost of items you can put on altars for offerings to pokemon or to work with their energy or with them as guides. This is by pokemon type and compiled from my personal grimoires

Originally posted by paralyzeheals

Fire

Offerings: matches, ashes, candles (especially red), tea lights, LED candles, lighters, charcoal, black salt, cooked foods, spicy things, hot sauce, pepper flakes, black pepper, peppercorn, images of fire and volcanoes, lava lamps, chocolate, hot chocolate, dark roast coffee, fire related herbs like cinnamon, basil, sunflowers, and oak; fire related crystals like amber, carnelian, diamond, and bloodstone; anything red or orange, images of fire pokemon

Correspondences: power, anger, passion and lust, energy, strength, love, purification, courage, competition, victory, destruction and the element of fire

Spell types: burning, smoke cleansing, candle spells, fire elemental; strength spells, courage spells, revenge curses/spells; love spells

Water

Offerings: waters of all types (tap, rain, ocean, river, etc), sea salt, sea shells, beach sand, river dirt/sand, blue candles, ocean scented things (candles, lotion, sprays, etc), crab/crustacean shells, bath bombs and bath products, soap, spray bottles, images of the sea, lakes, rivers, rain, etc; pearls, anything blue, water related herbs like seaweed, lotus, cucumber, and aloe; water related crystals like aquamarine, lapis lazuli and sodalite; images of water pokemon or dive/net pokeballs

Correspondences: peace, tranquility, compassion, pure love (self-love), knowledge, purification and cleansing, emotions and emotional balance, and healing

Spell types: bath spells, spells using water, water elemental spells; cleansing, healing spells, tranquility/peace spells, self love spells

Grass

Offerings: living plants and succulents, leaves, grass, dried and fresh herbs, flowers and flower petals, natural scented incenses, oils and candles (like pine, clove, mint, forest, floral, etc), wooden objects, tree branches and bark, images of forests, meadows, and fields; fresh produce, foods containing vegetables and fruit, herbal teas, fresh water, watering cans, gardening tools, seeds and nuts, planting soil, green candles and tea lights, anything that is green and earthy colors, images of plant pokemon

Correspondences: prosperity, life, learning, youth, growth, the natural world, plants and plant magic, healing and health, luck, material gain and wealth

Spell types: herbal spells, teas, kitchen magick, garden magick, forest magick; healing spells, wealth and prosperity spells, luck spells, growth spells

Electric

Offerings: batteries, copper, wires, electronics, computers/tablets/phones/etc, cds, flash drives, yellow candles, energy drinks, sugar, storm and rainwater, sounds of rain and thunder, images of storms and lightning, LED candles, fairy lights/christmas lights, yellow things, lightning symbols, lemons and citrus, lemon balm, yellow flowers and plants, rice, yellow foods, sour foods and candies, trail mix, energy bars, motivational quotes and images, images of electric type pokemon

Correspondences: happiness, youth, energy, motivation, action, movement, change, power, and friendship

Spell types: storm magick/spells, motivational spells, happiness spells, friendship spells, charging and empowering spells, self-empowerment, energy work

Bug

Offerings: honey, sugar water, soda and sugary beverages, fruit, leaves and greenery, flowers (especially bee friendly ones), hives/wasp nests (safely collected of course), wax/bees wax, yellow and green candles, sweet flowery or fruity scents and oils, spider webs, woven things, braided threads, sewing supplies, quilt work, silk, green and yellow crystals, images of bug pokemon and/or net balls

Correspondences: mending, repair, transformation, growth, life lessons, change

Spell types: knot magic, woven or sewn, mending things, growth spells, accepting change spells; binding spells, curses related to paranoia and anxiety

Psychic

Offerings: purple, indigo and yellow candles; purple, indigo and yellow items; divination tools like tarot cards, divining rods, pendulums, and scrying mirrors; books, writing tools and supplies, art supplies like paints, inks, etc; crystals related to divination and psychic work like amethyst, mugwort, tea and tea supplies, herbs for divination and psychic work like dandelion, fig and orange peels; incenses that relate to psychic and divination work, essential oils associated with psychic and divination work, images of stars, planets, the sky and nebulae; images of psychic pokemon

Correspondences: divination, psychic abilities/work, communication, self exploration, curiosity, knowledge, wisdom, meditation, focus/memory, creativity, inspiration, mysticism

Spell types: divination, psychic work, meditation, dream work, cosmic witchcraft, written or drawn spells, sigil work, creativity spells, inspiration spells, knowledge spells, memory spells, improving communication

Dark

Offerings: black pepper, obsidian, onyx and other black crystals; black candles, storm water and salt, images and representation of the moon and night sky; moonstone, moon water, garnet, herbs associated with cursing like nightshade, rosemary, and foxglove (use caution with poisonous plants), black soil, charcoal and ashes, black ink or paint, glow in the dark objects and items, images of dark type pokemon

Correspondences: the unknown, mysticism, the moon/night, invisibility, peace, silence, banishing, cunning; curses of all kinds

Spell types: banishing and warding, invisibility spells, curses of all kinds, moon and night related magic

Ghost

Offerings: bones, graveyard dirt, apples, pomegranate, necromantic herbs like mugwort, mullein, mandrake and lavender; black and purple candles, skulls and imagery of skulls, crow feathers, dead plants and flowers, dried flowers/herbs, meat dishes, images of graveyards, blood, hematite, bloodstone, red wine, salt and black salt, iron, poisonous plants/herbs (use with caution), pendulum, tarot cards, ouija board, mirrors and scrying mirrors, images of ghost pokemon

Correspondences: death, endings, new beginnings, rebirth, renewal; sorrow, loss, fear

Spell types: spirit work, necromancy, ending things, cutting ties, unbinding, banishing; curses of all kinds, binding

Fairy

Offerings: glitter, sweets, baked goods, fruit, honey, beauty products, lotions, bath bombs, candy, bows and ribbons, nail polish, flowers, flower scented incense and oils, perfumes, mirrors, pink and white candles, gold, jewelry, rose quartz, clear quartz, pink and white crystals, lace, floral print, clothing and accessories, images of the moon, glitter jars, arts and crafts supplies, himalayan pink salt, epsom salts, floral or fruit teas, sugar, molasses, images of friends and loved ones, cotton balls and soft things, beads, pearls, images of fairy pokemon

Correspondences: glamour, beauty, youth, grace, passion, self love, whimsy, wishes, fantasy, friendship and family

Spell types: kitchen magic (especially baking), cottage magic, glamour, mirror magic, bath spells; self love spells, beauty spells, happiness spells, friendship spells, bonding spells, wishes

Poison

Offerings: poisonous herbs and plants (use with caution); willow, elm, mugwort, purple candles, amethyst, tanzanite, any purple crystals, purple things, toxic stones and gemstones (use with caution), iron, needles and sharp things, slime and sludge, lava lamps or glitter lamps, black lights, glow in the dark objects, images of poison pokemon

Correspondences: endurance, survival, emotional balance and strength, patience; spite, cursing, chaos

Spell types: endurance spells, emotional balance spells; cursing of all sorts, hexes, poisoning relationships

Ground and Rock

Offerings: dirt and mud, earth related herbs like wheat, oats, and ash; breads and grains, rice, rocks and stones, crystals related to earth like jade, jet and sandstone; clay and pottery, root vegetables, potatoes, raw metals, sand, brown candles, salt, images of mountains, caves, and canyons; anything brown, images of ground/rock pokemon

Correspondences: strength, endurance, balance, stability, wealth, respect, humbleness, grounding, maturity

Spell types: burying things, grounding and centering; strength spells, wealth spells

Ice

Offerings: ice water, melted snow, snowflake symbols/items, images of winter and snow, winter clothes, blankets, hats, scarves, mittens, blue and white candles, clear and white gemstones like clear and milky quartz, white glitter, silver, pine needles, pine cones, pine incense/oils, anything related to winter, the winter solstice or winter holidays, deer antlers, images of ice pokemon

Correspondences: isolation, shelter, serenity, beauty, grace, snow/winter magic, meditation, sleep, rebirth, new discoveries, cleansing, purification, protection

Spell types: invisibility, cleansing, cottage magic, serenity and peace spells, beauty spells, sleep spells, bringing new things into one’s life, protection spells; binding, freezing others

Flying

Offerings: incense, bells, feathers, imagery of clouds and sky, pinwheels, wind chimes, instruments, music, poetry, light fabrics, cotton, dandelion fluff/seeds, yellow, blue and white candles; headphones, ipods/radios, kites, air related herbs like lemongrass, mistletoe and lavender; air related crystals like fluorite, turquoise and mica; stamps and envelopes, art supplies, books, writing supplies, cameras, photos and drawings, divination tools like tarot cards and pendulums, mirrors, glass, wand, broom/besom, ribbons and string, soft things, bird’s nests, branches of bendy trees, images of flying type pokemon

Correspondences: weather, air element, flight, freedom, music, happiness, joy, divination, travel, discovery, communication, adventures

Spell types: divination, art and written spells, song and music spells, incense spells, weather magic, wind calling, air elemental spells, flying spells, inspiration spells, creativity spells, travel spells, communication spells

Normal

Offerings: bread, cooked meals, rice, quinoa, potatoes, blankets and pillows, home related tools and ‘knick knacks’, images of friends and family, wool, brown and white candles, kitchen tools and cooking supplies, cleaning supplies and tools, besom and brooms, warm scented candles and incense, brown and white crystals and stones, toys, postcards and letters from loved ones, baby powder, tissues and tissue paper, candy and cookies, candy and cookie tins/boxes, images of normal type pokemon

Correspondences: the home and hearth, family, friends, peace, content, nostalgia, memories, comfort, cleansing, warding, protection especially of the family and home

Spell types: cottage magic, kitchen magic, family related magic, friendship spells, protection spells, memory spells, comfort and calming spells, warding

Fighting

Offerings: trophies, sports equipment, outdoor gear, red candles, strong incense and oils, chalk, healthy foods, foods high in protein, vitamins, epsom salts, crystals and herbs associated with power, images of fighting types

Correspondences: strength, power, victory, overcoming foes/tragedies; aggression, anger

Spell types: strength spells, power spells, competition related spells; curses relating to revenger or anger

Steel

Offerings: metals of all kinds, nails, tools, metal containers and objects, gray, silver and gold candles; gray, silver and gold colored objects; chains, wires, tacks, and images of steel type pokemon

Correspondences: defense, protection, endurance, invincibility, self-assurance, self-empowerment, warding

Spell types: protection spells of all types, warding

Dragon

Offerings: cloves, cinnamon, bay laurel, sage, pepper, allspice, sunstone, carnelian, jasper, onyx, obsidian, amber, citrine, glass and glass objects, nuts, meats/high protein meals, beans, wines and alcohol, lanterns and candles, colors of red and purple, depictions of dragons and dragon related objects, dragon scales or dragon scaled items, dice, fantasy novels and books, images of dragon pokemon

Correspondences: dragons, power, nobility, respect, motivation, travel, mysticism, seeking the truth, loyalty

Spell types: draconic magic; strength and power spells, respect spells, self empowerment spells, motivation spells, loyalty spells, learning and discovery related spells

Common Medieval Clothing Materials

This is meant as an information resource for creative folk, not a complete guide. Be sure to supplement this with additional research. Find the rest of the series, including the previous posts on clergynobilitycommon medieval jobsdivinationspirit animalsmythical creaturesstructuring an armymedieval punishmentsarmorpre-gunpowder weaponssiege warfarecastle anatomy, and common terms of medieval life.

Find the masterposts for Women’s ClothingMen’s ClothingChildren’s ClothingShoes, and Fabric Colors.

Black-work: A gorgeous Renaissance invention, black-work was simply embroidery done with black silk.

Brocade: A tightly woven fabric with a raised pattern. Originally, the pattern was done with either gold or silver threads, but over time other threads were sued. This was a material strictly reserved for those who could afford it.

Canvas: A coarse cloth made of flax and hemp. It was worn by all.

Calico: A white cotton imported from India. Reserved for the rich.

Cambric: A fine white linen.

Damask: A silk fabric that was woven with various, often elaborate patterns and designs. This was an expensive cloth reserved for royalty and nobility.

Embroidery: Thought not a fabric, embroidery was highly prized and often decorated even the poorest of fabrics. Peasant designs were simple, often nothing more than just geometric. Noble clothing was much more elaborate and the stitches were often done with gold and silver thread.

Flannel: A lightweight woolen fabric, flannel was often used as undergarments, bandages, and wash rags. It was available to all.

Freize: A thick woolen cloth that was often used for outer garments. Worn by all classes.

Fustian: A type of scarlet cloth, it was a lightweight silky material that also bore a resemblance to velvet. It was an expensive fabric worn by those who could afford it.

Gold and Silver Tissue: A lightweight fabric that had gold or silver threads woven into it. For the most part, it was reserved for royalty. However, richer nobility and even a few enterprising wealthy merchants might also acquire a bolt every now and then.

Holland: A very finely woven lawn material that was often used for shirts and undergarments. Usually reserved for the rich.

Kersey: A woolen cloth, often ribbed, worn by the wealthy.

Lawn: A finely woven linen reserved for the wealthy.

Linen: Cloth made from flax and used by all.

Musterdevilliers: A grey woolen cloth reserved for the middle and upper classes.

Russet/Homespun: A coarse woolen cloth that was most often reddish-brown or grey colored. Russet was a favored material of the lower classes, but could also be found among the poorer nobility.

Samite: A silken cloth that was often woven with gold. Reserved for the wealthy.

Satin: Fabric made of silk that was shiny on one side. Reserved for the wealthy.

Scarlet: Not to be confused with the color, scarlet cloth was most often red, but could also be a number of other colors. It was a softer cloth that draped in folds. Usually reserved for nobility, it could also be found in the possession of outlaws.

Serge: A woolen fabric used for clothing and all types of other supplies: bed-covers, hangings, funeral drapes, shrouds, and so on. It was used by all.

Silk: An expensive cloth woven from silk threads and imported. Originally reserved only for royalty, it gradually became used by the rich who could afford it.

Taffeta: A plain-woven glossy silk reserved for the rich.

Tartan: A twilled woolen fabric named for its tartan coloring and design.

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Antique kimono. Summer Kimono.  Taisho period (1912-1926), Japan.  A “sha” (simple gauze) chirimen silk hitoe (unlined) summer kimono featuring woven carp motifs. The fine silk threads are tightly twisted, yielding a slightly raspy texture. During the Edo period (1603-1868) there developed an aesthetic in Japan called “iki”, which connotes to a combination of simplicity, purity, and sophistication. “Less is more.” This “iki” aesthetic was not as much utilized by the time of Meiji period (1868-1911), yet this Taisho (1912-1926) kimono is a perfect example of this “iki” Japanese aesthetic. The various carp on this kimono all differ from each other – some are large, some are small; each was colored by different-colored woven threads; and some have white hand-painted lines of separation between the body segment, while others do not. There is an unusual detail on this kimono that cements the fact that this kimono was a very expensive and special project. That is, the artist has taken the effort to delicately paint in missing parts of several carp across the seam line that divides the front and back panels – see some of the detail images to view this work closely. It is highly unusual for a kimono designer to take the extra time to do this – normally, if a motif is “cut off” at the edge of a panel, and cannot be lined up with an equivalent on the adjacent panel, it is and was customary to ignore the problem. Let’s now take a look at the symbolism of the carp motifs. The fish’s coloring also has something to do with its symbolism. Certain colors represent certain aspects or outcomes in life. For example, “Kohaku carp have a white body with red spots and symbolizes success in your career; "Kumonryu” with an all-black body symbolizes life changes and transformations; the “Ogon” is a solid silver symbolically represents success in business and wealth; and the white and red “Kuchibeni” represents love and long-lasting relationships. The Kimono Gallery.

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Evening Dress

Pierre Balmain

1956

This evening dress, designed by Pierre Balmain in 1956, has a pink satin bow that provides an elegant final touch to a glamorous evening dress. The bow is placed in the small of the back where satin sash and draped skirt meet in a series of asymmetrical, diagonal gathers. The pearl white satin fabric of the dress is shot through with silver metallic threads and woven with a pattern of small thistles and painstakingly hand painted in pastel shades, while the bodice is embellished with leaves appliquéd with minute stitches. The dress was worn by the Austrian film star Lilli Palmer in the 1956 film Teufel im Seide (Devil in Silk).

Victoria & Albert Museum

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Rather than directing time, you have to listen to it. It’ll tell you where the rift is, or where it’s torn. Time’s like threads woven into a pattern. It’s your job to understand the pattern and make sure you patch it up right. Some mechanics think you can control time, but that’s not how I see it. Time is in control of you. You just have to know how to let it guide you. How to feel it.

Tara Sim, Timekeeper

‘What will happen to the child if it doesn’t get a Satanic upbringing, though?’ said Aziraphale.

‘Probably nothing. It’ll never know.’

‘But genetics-’

‘Don’t tell me from genetics. What’ve they got to do with it?’ said Crowley. ‘Look at Satan. Created as an angel, grows up to be the Great Adversary. Hey, if you’re going to go on about genetics, you might as well say the kid will grow up to be an angel. After all, his father was really big in Heaven in the old days. Saying he’ll grow up to be a demon just because his dad became one is like saying a mouse with its tail cut off will give birth to tailless mice. No. Upbringing is everything. Take it from me.’ 

- Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

I’m actually writing an article about this, but @justanotheridijiton said I should crosspost this to tumblr, so, for now, here are some things that are true:

a) Most people know that Supernatural has deep, deep roots in Gaiman’s work (Good Omens, Sandman, American Gods) and SPN’s Crowley is named after, and based on, Good Omens’ Crowley, a demon who rather likes the luxuries of life and humanity. Good Omens is the story of earthbound agents of Heaven and Hell who have more in common with each other and with humanity than with their distant superiors, attempting to prevent the foretold apocalypse that Heaven and Hell want to happen. Aspects of this story have been teased apart into individual threads and woven into the fabric of Supernatural since its inception, particularly during the Kripke era, which Dabb was a part of. The lynchpin of Good Omens is Adam, an antichrist/son of Lucifer/nephilim, imbued with godlike powers, who was accidentally swapped at birth.

b) Jack is the best possible example of Free Will that the show could ever hope to use, and they better fucking know it. The season 12 response from the boys about the nephilim being automatically evil really bothered me, and this is why. In a story where the other plot (BMoL) is all about how wrong it is to exterminate without any exemptions, to not allow anything non-human any personhood, in which we see the generic angels - painted as bad guys - deem nephilim as impure and abominable, in which in the past we have seen our angel, Castiel, deem another nephilim as innocent and our protags deem another demonic Antichrist as innocent, the attitude towards Kelly’s child has sat really wrong with me. It smells like the claim that a mouse with its tail cut off will give birth to tailless mice. While Adam aged normally and Jack seems to have sprung up fully formed, with awareness of his circumstances, Jack is still not a tailless mouse. And if he’s a legit series regular or even a permanent addition - I know most people are doubtful of his permanence, but I’d actually be okay with it - I really hope this is where they’re taking it.

seeing me

ao3 | ffn

summary It’s not easy, not when you’re in love with your best friend, not when your best friend is a superhero. But what’s even harder than is trying to tell your best friend you knew she was a superhero, especially when she didn’t want you to know. 

word count 16120

a/n this is the second part to this fic. i wrote this a long time ago and never posted on tumblr, and meant to post right after i posted the first part, but five months later here we are. 

 hope u guys enjoy it :) have some fluff


He’s pictured finding Ladybug’s secret alter ego a million times.

Probably even more, if he was willing to admit that.

Adrien never expected Ladybug to be sitting behind him class—for years. They’ve been classmates for years and he’s never noticed.

He might have to give that to Marinette; he hadn’t noticed her without the mask. At least, initially.

But now—now, he knew.

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MASSIVE MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL SALE AT AMAZON

Amazon is currently having a huge sale on Marvel digital collections, and includes everything from current books to classic collections! Practically every collection from the BuckyNat reading list is on sale, and ngl I don’t think I’ve seen them this cheap before. 

Here’s a list of what I’ve found, with BuckyNat books in bold:

Black Widow

Captain America

Winter Soldier

Other Books: