Yesterday the Alleyway Oracles reached the $500,000 mark! You don't want to miss out on this campaign! The original Alleyman Tarot was the highest backed tarot deck of all time and know the creative mind behind it has birthed not 1, not 2 but 3 new and original decks. The Alleyway Tarot, The Oracle of Play and The Oracle of Secrets. Each deck is compiled of mismatched cards made by different artists from all over. Even little ol me has a card from my Unraveled deck included in the Oracle of Play (bottom row in the middle). If you'd like to see some of my Alleyman Tarot or my brand new @publishinggoblin Oracle Dice just ask or check out my other posts to see them both in action. Seriously this idea has got people buzzing and whole communities of creators have gathered to collaborate and grow. It's such a wonderful thing to be a part of. The link to the Kickstarter campaign is below.
Oracle of Play
Oracle of Secrets
You've likely heard of the o riginal Alleyman's Tarot, which is made of over 130 mismatched cards by all different artists. This campaign soon became the highest backed tarot deck ever in Kickstarter history! Decks made up of a melange of cards isn't new but the Alleyman Tarot really brought it into the forefront. There is a group on Facebook that I discovered recently called The Alley where many fans have gathered to swap cards to create their own themed decks which are called Magpie Decks - or Patchwork deck (which I love). I have recently become OBSESSED which doing this myself and have already started to trade a buy individual cards.
This is also a great way to collect your fav cards from your fav decks that you may not have been able to get a hold of. Or are special/rare like this Lovers card of Matthew Ryan Cohn and his wife Regina Marie Cohn that I got from the Oddities Flea Market in Chicago this year.
I have compiled a few printed versions of my digital zines. I have 4 volumes at the moment which include original tarot spreads, as well as some helpful tidbits and recipes.
Wheel of the Year
While on vacation in Florida, I wanted to try the novelty of ordering on Amazon and getting it that same day and The Yarn Tarot has been on my wishlist since a friend had mentioned it to me. As a fibre artist and tarot reader this is a must have deck for me.
This deck follows the traditional RWS system which is the one I really prefer. The Strength card is my favourite within the Major Arcana because it pictures a ginger kitty as the "lion" and I call Watson (my ginger kitty) my lion as she roars when shes happy and purrs really loudly with her mouth wide open. I also LOVE the dress in the angel in the Lovers. Beautiful. I also really like the figures in the images as this deck is inclusive and I am very jealous of all the kitted outfits the people are wearing.
I work in all aspects of these fibre arts on a regular basis and I feel this deck is very personal for me. The cards are matte yet very easy to shuffle. The box is a hard shell that when opened has beautiful images of the suits on it. There are 2 extra cards included with affirmations. The guide book is basic but it has a hard cover and is of a very good quality (much like the Modern Witch Deck/Guidebook). If you are a fibre worker and you don't have this deck already - what the heck are you waiting for?!!
The Yarn Tarot would also pair perfectly with my Unraveled Oracle to add even more depth to your readings.
With 78 cards in a tarot deck, there is definitely something for everyone. When I choose a card to define me I usually look to the 8 of Pentacles - the craftsperson or apprentice card. For those that may not know, my craft is fibre arts. I have been working with fibre since I was very young.
If my Unraveled Oracle deck didn't give it away, I am a spinner, knitter, crocheter, I've woven, dyed, stitched etc. I was a member of the Sask Craft Council for years as a professional craftsperson and belonged to the Regina Weavers & Spinners Guild. My favourite thing out of them all is wool judging. I got my wool judging certification from Olds College in 2012 and have been judging wool shows across the prairies and teaching workshops about wool since. With hundreds of sheep breeds I never stop learning and helping producers see the value in their fibre makes me feel like I've done a good job.
I've also had knitwear in Sask Fashion Week twice; once with Riley Lawson (2013) who won Best Emerging Artist and THE Dean Renwick (2015).
I also have a popular knitted hat pattern (was the most popular unisex hat for some time) with over 110.4k unique downloads.
And have had patterns and mentions in several magazines and books as far away as the UK.
I have been a team leader with the Etsy SK team for the past 7 years promoting Saskatchewan makers and vintage sellers.
I was also a nominee in CBC's Future 40 under 40
Many of these milestones are within my Unraveled Oracle Deck... and hey, what does all this have to do about my favourite tarot card? Well as much as all this seems like bragging, I am pretty damn proud of myself of all the things I have accomplished within my fibre career and I feel I embody the craftsman card. Hard work, quality and education are important aspects in my work and continue with my tarot practice as well.
Here are a few different examples of the 8 of Pentacles cards.
Keywords for the suit of pentacles are: craftsmanship, skill, work, determination, integrity, focus and sincerity. This card heralds success and skilled effort and using these to a high level. This card stands for professionalism & perfectionism and holding yourself to high standards. It also means obtaining qualifications and a sense of liberation as a reward for talent and skill. 8's hold the history of our experience and they also signify reflection, transformation and finding inner strength. In numerology, the number 8 is linked with honour, respect, awards, public recognition and abundance.
8 is also the lemniscate that appears in the Strength and Magician cards in the major arcana hinting at wholeness and development in the physical, mental and spiritual planes which I'm sure creatives can relate to! On a spiritual level, 8 symbolizes cosmic consciousness.
As you can see, this is why I relate myself to the 8 of Pentacles. I believe in working with my hands and getting better and growing and always learning new techniques. When working with raw fibre from sheep to shawl, I have not only been keeping environmentally responsible but also stay true to time honoured traditions that connect me to the past and my ancestors. This is also why I call myself Woolly Witch on instagram.
As part of the release of my Unraveled Oracle Deck I had planned to release a small collection of patterns that included a tarot/crystal bag (Intuition) , a shawl/altar cloth (Incantation) and a necklace (Intention). These patterns have been created but I need to finish the samples and covid kinda put a wrench into the situation but I have plans set in action now. I also have a few knitting patterns for crystal grids I plan on typing up so keep an eye out if you are a knitter.
I've updated the font on the Unraveled Oracle to match the guidebook and the stamp on the bag. I'm really happy with how it turned out.
I've added a few decks to my shop and will strive to keep these in stock.
Unraveled can be used daily as:
- A Divination Tool
- Connection to Spirit
- Dream Interpretation
- Self reflection / Daily Mindfulness
- An affirmation deck or gratitude focus
- To aid in journal prompts
- Daily Meditation
- SO much more