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How to make a doll charm?

For a long time, our ancestors made charms of wood, bone, clay, cloth and other materials. Having such charms, people felt more secure and more confident.
Charm Dolls
Day and Night were widespread in the Penza and Tambov provinces, as well as in the Volga region. The working cheerful doll, dressed in a light dress, was considered the mistress of the daytime. She ensured that people worked during the week and rested, had fun, sang and danced on holidays. Dolly Night – calm, thoughtful, wise. She is the mistress of the magical and mysterious world, which comes at dusk. Without the bright rays of the sun, everything becomes unrecognizable. And people also become different: their souls open up, the most intimate conversations drag on after midnight, the most incredible adventures take place in the dark time. And most importantly, Night brings a person rest, protects the dream of children and gives them fabulous dreams. It is easy to make these dolls with your own hands, to put your thoughts and desires in them. To work will require:
1. Two identical in size squares of dark and light fabric. 2. Strips of fabric or braid, white and dark threads.
3. Rags or cotton wool.
The order of making dolls:
1. In the center of the square put a rag or a ball of cotton wool for the head.
2. Fabric roll diagonally and form a head.
3. Neck tightly tighten with thread or ribbon of the corresponding color.
4. To form hands, with the corners tuck inward and drag wrists.
5. To tie a belt from a strip of fabric or braid.
6. Decorate the head with a ribbon or a strip of fabric.
7. From light and dark thick threads weave a braid in the form of a pigtail, with which to join the dolls. The laces are attached to the back of the headbands. Since these dolls serve as amulets, they should not draw faces.
It is believed that evil spirits cannot enter into faceless creatures. The charm is hung in the house in a prominent place. In the morning, one of the family members who gets up earlier puts forward Day doll. In the evening, the one who is the last to go to sleep exposes the Night.
You can complicate the process of making dolls – add torso. To do this, take a suitable size strip of fabric, fold it tightly, giving the shape of a cylinder, and tie up with threads. Attach the fabric cylinder to the neck, wrap the bottom corners of the square and tie up with threads.
Further, according to your taste, to dress up dolls: Night – in dark colors of clothes, Day – in light. You can also make a guardian for a restful sleep – the Travnitsa Protector doll. For the body of the pupa, sew a small bag in which to put dry grass of lavender, sage, mint petals, lemon balm. To make a doll according to the technology described above, dress up in nice clothes and hang it by the bed or put it near the pillow. Recently, the use of flavors on the signs of the zodiac has gained popularity.
An interesting birthday gift will be a doll made by own hands and filled with appropriate herbs.
For Aries, astrologers offer a mixture of such plants: pine, geranium, rose, lemon, vanilla, sage.
For Taurus – mint, chamomile, jasmine, sage, lilac.
For Gemini – eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, cinnamon, jasmine.
For Cancers – jasmine, pine, lavender, vanilla, sage.
For Lviv – lemon, orange, juniper, rose.
For Dev – cedar, geranium, orange, cinnamon, eucalyptus.
For Libra – pine, rose, lavender, mint, cinnamon, geranium, eucalyptus.
For Scorpios – jasmine, pine, lemon, cinnamon, vanilla. For Sagittarius – lavender, lemon, rose, cinnamon, thuja.
For Capricorns – pine, lavender, sage, rose, cinnamon, juniper.
For Aquarius – cedar, pine, lemon, thyme, eucalyptus.
For Pisces – chamomile, orange, cedar, vanilla, jasmine, eucalyptus. Do not forget that for the manufacture of dolls charms it is necessary to take only natural materials. Such simple dolls, made with soul and love, will bring comfort, good mood and good luck to your family.

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