1. Select the table runner you will be comfortable continuing to use
  2. Fold it in half to get the exact center
  3. Measure the space of the width of both of your hands in the middle (that would be one on either side of the fold) I put a tiny dot there to mark my place.
  4. Out from the width of your hand, write the name of the most biologically close to you to cross the veil (for instance, a sibling or a parent.
  5. On one side, working from the fold (center and a space) write the names (or leave spaces, if you are so fortunate) of two lines that contribute to the genetics of your mother. One column is
    maternal grandfather's ancestors and one column is maternal
    grandmother's ancestors.
  6. On one side, working from the fold (center and a space) write the names (or leave spaces, if you are so fortunate) of two lines that contribute to the genetics of your mother. One column is
    paternal grandfather's
    ancestors and one column is paternal grandmother's ancestors.
  7. The result is a center and four columns descending from it.
  8. Use that center carefully. You may put a candle holder and candle there and/or incense. This is also the space where you could give your ancestors a treat and/or water as your heart and/or
    tradition dictates.
From time to time, this will need to be laundered. I am
an advocate of rinsing it out in a sink of cool water. Use a little
detergent in the water if you need to take out a spot. Hang it out in to
air dry (out in the sun is nice). A washer and dryer may shrink your
altar cloth, why risk it? It doesn't need to be tumbled to get altar
fresh and clean.

copyright Karen Wilson

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Wow thank you. This is great and just in time for Samhain.

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

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We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

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After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

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