What can I use to make a St Brigid cross?

Rushes were traditionally used to make the St Bridget’s Cross. These were collected from wetlands and cut into pieces, 8-12 inches long. Rushes can be hard to get for city dwellers so ordinary paper environmentally friendly drinking straws are a good substitute. Use rubber bands to tie up the ends.

What is the significance of St Brigid’s cross?

Brigid’s Cross is to protect a house and drive evil, fire, and hunger away. It can also represent peace and goodwill, and it was even placed in cowsheds to safeguard animals and help cows to produce more milk.

How do you make a St Brigid’s cross easy?

What to Do

  1. Hold one of the reeds vertically.
  2. Place the first vertical reed in the centre of the folded second reed.
  3. Hold the centre overlap tightly between thumb and forefinger.
  4. Turn the two rushes held together 90 degrees anti-clockwise so that the open ends of the second reed are pointing vertically upwards.

How do you preserve St Brigid’s cross?

Fold the left hand side of the rush over the bunch, keeping it secure with your fingertips. Take the part of the fastening rush that is on the left side and tightly wrap it two or three times around the leg of the cross, securing it by tucking it neatly through the bunch once.

How many reeds do I need for a Brigid’s Cross?

How to Make a St Brigid’s Cross. Materials: 9 rushes/reeds/straws. 4 small rubber bands, to tie up ends.

What do you leave out for St. Brigid?

Some households would leave out a small piece of cloth or a ribbon on the windowsill, called a Brat Bríde or Ribín Bríde.

Where do you hang St. Brigid’s cross?

They are hung by the door and in the rafters of homes to protect the house from fire and evil. According to tradition, a new cross is made each St. Brigid’s Day, and the old one is burned to protect the house from fire.

Where do you hang St. Brigid’s Cross?

How do you honor St. Brigid?

One of the celebrations that honors St. Brigid includes children. Youngsters would dress down – either wearing tattered clothing or they would turn their regular clothes inside out. They would set out and go door-to-door, singing and collecting coins.

How many rushes does Brigid’s Cross have?

To make a cross 16 lengths of fresh Soft-rush are needed each about 30cm long. One length is folded in half over another length, and rotating clockwise, the pattern is repeated to weave a square.