Michaelmas is one of the magical fall festivals that can be shared with your family. In my household we try to maintain a religious neutrality and often incorporate many of the traditional Waldorf festivals to our own families traditions.
Michaelmas has become Dragonmas in our home. It is a time to transition from the warm summer months to the crisp autumn months. A time to celebrate harvest and food, and most important a time to talk about our own dragon natures and how we will live with the dragon energy in all of us and maintain a creative fire through the winter months.
Here is a quick and easy stick dragon to make for a dragon parade on a cool September evening.
ribbon or fabric scrap to tie
Start by taking a scrap of felt, we used green – this will function as your dragon spines, cut to a desired length depending on the size of your sock. Fold this over and cut spines along the top, leaving approximately ½ inch along the bottom.
Stitch along just the top of the spines to secure the top together while leaving the bottom edge open. Open the bottom edge and insert the very top of your sock where you would like your spines to go. Hand or machine stitch this to the sock.
Stuff the dragon with stuffing, this can be scraps of fabric, cotton or poly stuffing. The kids are a great help during this step.
Ride away! You can make this in about 30 minutes or less for you dragon riders. Great way to get out play out some imagination and energy during these wonderful first days of autumn!
More posts coming this week on all things dragon!