Honestly, my favorite season is fall and one of my favorite celebrations is Halloween. I love decorating the house, wearing orange/purple/lime green and black (I mean, when else can you pull THAT color combo off??) and making fun nummy treats for the kiddos.Â So I was ready to dive into “Witch Craft: Wicked Accessories, Creepy-Cute Toys, Magical Treats, and More!” by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar.
I was thrilled when it hit my mailbox, and quite frankly I had to coax it away from my kids. They kept fighting over who got to choose the first project! (My son make a list of the thing to make for him. I’m not even kidding.)
Once I wrestled it away from them, I started flipping through the full-color pages. So many projects, all with clear directions (if a little skimpy at times, but more on that later.) I decided to dive into the sleeping ghostie felt pin.
Here’s the photo spread from the book:
So, after following the directions as closely as possible, I realized that this book is geared towards intermediate crafters. For example, the instructions said to “transfer the pattern onto the felt,” but it doesn’t give you the basic instructions on how to do that. I used the freezer-paper method, but that’s because I’ve traced a lot of pattern pieces and it’s simplest for me.
The directions also state to use “10-14 stitches to make the eyes” but it doesn’t have an illustration of a running stitch, backstitch, etc. However, you can see clearly the effect your going for on the illustration- the authors just assume you can get there on your own.
But don’t get me wrong- the ghost is super-cute, and for me, super-easy. It’s a hand-sewing project and would be appropriate for ages 8 and up- a great way to get the kids involved. It only took me half hour to whip this cutie up, too. Something to be said for quick and easy!
Next I moved on to the fluffy bat (a request from my daughter:)
This was fun! Again, at times the book certainly felt geared toward intermediate crafters- there could have been some more tips on sewing faux fur, for example- but I think pattern is clever and it’s do-able in about an hour. (And my daughter snatched it up and is taking it to school tomorrow for show-and-tell. Again, I’m not even kidding! )
Lastly, I made an edible craft for snack time- the marshmallow skulls. OK, this one isn’t rocket science, but it’s so cute! And I didn’t think of it first…
I’m also pleased to share that there are additional downloads, patterns and video tutorials offeredÂ Irreference.com, and there are some other really fun-looking books there, too!
Now for the nitty-gritty:
- Hard cover, 94 pages
- 27 projects that fall under the categories of decor, jewelry, wearables, and edibles
- Nice “shopping list” section for finding specific materials
- Glossary of sewing, crochet, and knitting abbreviations and terms, but no photo tutorials of how to make the stitches. Book assumes user has basic knowledge.
- Metric conversions included
- Fun and engaging!
- Retails for 10 bucks and change on Amazon.com
So after spendingÂ long afternoon with Witch Craft, I’m happy with the projects I made and am looking forward to making some more. IF I can get it back from the kids….
NOW FOR THE FUN! I’ve got two copies of the book to give away. Simply leave a comment telling me your favorite Halloween craft or activity & I’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, October 8th around Noon EST. I’m giving my other copy away on my CraftTestDummies Facebook page, so to double your chances head over there, too.Â Enjoy!
This giveaway is now over. Click HERE to see who won!
Note: I welcome everyone’s comments, but only US residents are eligible to win this one- thanks!
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