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WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

January, 2019

Magic for Material

Merry meet.

When my body weight was fluctuating, I found myself buying most all my ritual wear at thrift stores and consignment shops. One way I used to make some of the velvet pieces more special to me was to emboss them with magickal symbols.

While many different types of velvet work, those with the most nap give the most striking results. Some velour fabrics work as well.

Rubber stamps are very easy to use. Cork and the large, thin erasers are two other materials you can use. You might experiment with others.

Place the front side of the fabric face down on the shape you wish to imprint on the material. Mist a couple of times with water and, using an iron set to the silk setting, press directly down on top of the shape. Hold it fairly still for about fifteen to twenty seconds. (If possible, use a test strip first.)

Wait a couple of moments and pull back the fabric to see the impression. Areas will still be damp, so let the fabric sit until it dries.

Goddesses, symbols, sigils and words offer abundant options, and embossing them with intention will add magic to your ritual garb, tarot bags and altar cloths.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

Oak-corns & Apple-thorns

March, 2012

Stamps, Trees & Expertise

When we were in school we spent hours memorizing the periodic table, and for those of us who didn’t go on to become research scientists, learning about valances for our windows might have been more more productive than learning about valences for our elements.

Why not learn about something important, like who your neighbors are?  And why not do so in a way that doesn’t involve laborious memorization?  Here’s an exercise that will acquaint you with the plants living in your neighborhood.

Go outside for a walk and see how many trees can you identify.  Closely examine one that you’re unsure of, playing your hands over the bark, observing its shape, smelling its foliage, and so on.  Take a photo or make a sketch.  Ask her if you can have a leaf, and if the answer is ‘yes’ take one home with you.

Using some all-purpose glue, mount the leaf on a scrap of wood to make a stamp.  When the glue is dry, use the stamp to make impressions in your Grimoire, Book of Shadows, or Black Book; or, better yet, make a special book for just this purpose.  Hint: to get a good impression you may need a spray bottle to lightly mist the leaf with water before pressing to the ink-pad.  The inked image will reveal details that may not have been obvious at first glance; look for previously unnoticed structures and patterns.  By now you should be familiar with a number of the characteristics of the tree and its leaves.

Now consult the internet or a field guide and try to identify your mystery tree.  Peterson Guides are excellent, and The Arbor Day Foundation has a free website and a phone app available.    Even with the best tools, more visits to the tree may be necessary.  When you’re sure, record your identification next to the stamped image. Go back and visit from time to time, as you would visit any friend or neighbor.  Check in and see how she’s doing.  Have a chat.

Trees are a great place to start learning about plants, if no other reason that because there are very few dangerous ones.  But if trees are your strong suit, go with other plants or flowers instead.  Some may need to be pressed and dried before, or instead of, being mounted as stamps.  Just make sure that you know the most dangerous plants in your area before you start out — Spotted Hemlock, Poison Ivy, and Devil’s Trumpet are great to learn about, but clearly unacceptable choices for stamping (or even touching or picking)!

Pursue this regularly and soon you’ll have a book full of beautiful pictures, a head full of knowledge, and a neighborhood full of friends.

The Crafty Writer

November, 2010

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Natures

Nature art is all of those fun and inexpensive art projects that are forgotten in today’s instant society. This is the type of thing that can go from creating artwork to seasonal edibles. The list is endless, yet so many people stay with the lets run down to the store attitude, when nature hands us so much to play with.

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Today people run to the craft stores to buy a rubber stamp for all occasions, but what if instead you go to your kitchen. Pull out a potato, cut it in half so you have two pieces and taking a paring knife or any thin bladed knife for fine details and slice out the area you don’t want to print. Brush out a thin layer of paint onto a piece of wax paper or any other container that you may have around. Now you have your rubber stamp and ink pad.

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Action food is another fun craft that entertains and feeds you through nature’s foods is the volcano. Take an apple and core it, removing all the seeds, set it aside and throw the core away. Now open a package of instant oatmeal and squeeze some butter all over it. Once you get a nice gooey mess stuff it inside the apple. Place the stuffed apple onto a microwave safe bowl uncovered into a microwave. Turn it on high and watch through the closed door until the oatmeal mixture will boil out of the top like lava and pour down the sides. Remove the bowl and after a little while as it cools the apple is ready to eat. This works best in a carrousel style microwave.

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Zen gardens are an excellent form of meditation and centering of your energies. It is the sandbox of the mind. Start with smoothed sand in any convenient container. A rake or stylus depending on size of the container is then lightly dragged through the sand to create patterns as you empty your mind of thought. The flow of the rake is a reflection of your emptying thoughts. Rocks, pebbles, beads are all items that can be found on the surface to add to the design. These blocks are like roadblocks in your life, if seen and brought into the flowing design of the rake it can slide around them and add to the design instead of break it. It isn’t the design that makes the Zen Garden so beautiful, but the relaxation and flow that comes to you when you empty your mind and let nature enter it.

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  • can bring you back to nature, if you let them. A good craft is one that you enjoy and helps you relax. The world of today is filled with stress and high tech pressures. You may think your texting and video games are relaxing you, although, really all they do is create their own stress of winning or waiting for the response creates its own stress.

    To close your mind to it all and let it empty of everything as you release yourself to natures influence is very rewarding. Do not think the first time you use a release like the Zen Garden it will bring the rewarding total release that you may expect. Like any craft, it is the practice that brings you to higher achievements and rewards. Learn to relax, and enjoy what nature is able to bring you.