So...I actually made this awesome witch.
Now, I should have named this post, "One of the Two Reasons I Don't Sew", or "Why I Call My Sewing Machine Damien" but I didn't want to scare you away! The truth is, it isn't that hard of a pattern at all, but, I was not a sewing kind of girl when I tried this and therefore, frustrated myself to no end due to my lack of basic skills! AND....because I'm a glutton for punishment, I actually made two of these at the same time, (one for my mother-in-law, who loves witches and one for me) which just exacerbated things. But...I persevered. And, I had some help from my good friend and neighbor, Judy.
I made this when I lived in Montana, and the funny thing is, the pattern actually came from 40 miles away from where I live now in Missouri. I will give you all of the information on the pattern at the end of this post, in case you want to order it for yourself and make it. Speaking of patterns....if you do not sew, and your pattern pieces look like this, it can be intimidating.
That first piece right there is the supply list. I was overwhelmed and Judy was kind and patient. (I keep tellin ya, she's a gem!) We had to paint her face first, which kind of freaked me out, because I didn't even know what "craft paint" was. Check out her face.
It came unpainted, molded of hard baked clay. The directions were very good on how to paint it. I added wool roving hair, which I put little spiders and flies in. Can you see one there on the lower right of her chin? I made her hat, which I dangled a spider from and put a turkey feather in.
Her body is fully positional, because I put wire in the arms, legs and body after I sewed them and stuffed them. (I was so far out of my league here, I'm tellin ya!) Then I made her clothes.
She has a full length skirt, a blouse, an apron, lace gloves and a shawl. I stuffed some polyfil in her blouse because I think a scary looking witch has big ol' boobs!
Here is a picture of her from the back:
After I got through all of that sewing, the best part was accessorizing her. (After all, "our ability to accessorize is what separates us from the beasts".) I found these miniature cornucopias at Ben Franklin's and decided it was perfect as a basket for her to carry. What to put in it? Well, witchy stuff of course!!Snakes, lizards, squash, gourds and a frog who was once a prince. (Isn't he the cutest with his little crown?) She even has a little black cat on a rope, who seriously looks like he would like to be elsewhere!
She has a doll stand (also purchased at Ben Franklin's) to help stabilize her. I covered the base with a little moss because it was blaring white!
Whew! That was a huge project for a girl who doesn't sew. I'm sure it was also a huge test of friendship for my what was then, my new neighbor, Judy. Thank you Judy, once again for dragging me kicking, screaming and cursing into the crafting world! I love my Haxa Witch, and her evil twin sister, who lives down the road at my Mother-in-Laws. My sewing machine Damien, well...not so much!
It's possessed I tell you!Now, I said I would give you the information about this pattern at the end. Here is what the cover looks like:
The company is called "Momma Made Me Do It!" and it is run by: Mitzi Bibens
P.O. Box 725
Buffalo, MO 65622
If they have a website, I couldn't find it.