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Witch's Sewing Basket!
"A Witch In Time..."
Needless to say, this is a one of a kind. It actually took about as long to put this together as one of my dolls, but I loved every minute of it.
If you have a sewing basket, chances are, there are little odds and ends and trinkets inside that you treasure.
You can look at the different items and recount the memories....perhaps an old button from a favorite article of clothing...maybe a spool of thread that is aged and and you sigh at the price on the label, considering the price of thread these days.
In my own sewing basket I still have the first measuring tape I ever owned. It's blue Vinyl, very worn, and has aided me in the making of more things than I can ever remember. I still have my first little metal hem gauge, too.
I also have my first seam ripper, another item I've used more times than I care to remember....grrrrrr.....
And I even have the first thing I ever stitched....an apron. If you saw the terrible sewing job that I did on THAT project...whew....it was horrible!
All of these things date back to when I was in the 7th grade of school, about 33 years ago, give or take.
The same sort of memories and collections are true of The Witch's Sewing Basket. She has lots of memories and small meaningful trinkets stashed away in her mending basket.
There are several things in her basket that are there for safe keeping. There happens to be some spiteful Witches who try to send their 'familiars' to the Witch's house so as to steal some treasured belongings so they can cast spells on her.
But the the Witch who owns THIS basket is quite clever. She knows that 'familiars' will never suspect searching in her sewing basket for those precious items.
The faded black hamper-lid basket itself is very old. It was purchased from an old junk shop in Lake Lure, in the mountains of North Carolina, about 16 years ago. That's the same place where the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed, about 25 minute's drive from my house.
And the basket was old when I bought it, so it's hard to tell it's true age.
I've hand-stitched some black Moiré Taffeta inside the basket, and I have also made a pin cushion on the inside of the lid.
The basket measures about 8 inches long, 5 inches wide, and about 3 inches tall.
And on that pin cushion are some treasured keepsakes and charms. The Witch probably put them there for safe-keeping, or until she needs to attach them to her garments.
As you can see, she's been mending a red and white 'ticking' sock.
The Witch also has a special pin cushion in the shape of a hand. (I traced my own hand to make the pattern)
It's referred to as a Heart In Hand pin cushion, and it was given to her by her friend Enchanted Witch.
It has a red Brocade heart in the middle of the hand with a small assortment of straight pins and a sewing needle.
This pin cushion is a testament to their eternal friendship. And when it was given to her, it came with this explanation:
Heart In Hand
Written By: House Shadow Drake
Heart in hand is a saying that dates back to the earliest roots of Witchcraft. It is an open saying having many meanings and encompassing many ideologies. The saying can serve as a greeting, a blessing, or a farewell. In the Great Book of one family's tradition, it is written:
`Within ourselves we find the stability of the land, the wind of our breath, the fire of our spirit, and the waters of our soul. All of this is driven by the intent of our will and the bloodforce of creation. Our hands are the tools that help bring our intent into being. Our hands should always be manifesting the intent of our hearts. For good or for not, your heart should always be fully encompassed in all that you do.'
When asked, "What is it that you have brought to bear in your hands for me?" the answer should be, "My heart." Or reversely, "Where is your heart?" the answer should be, "In my hands."
It will always be kept in her sewing basket as a reminder of their friendship and the meaning of Heart In Hand.
The Witch also keeps a small black Grimoire for her notes. The name of this little hand-made black leather book is called Witch Stitchery. The pages have been aged and the first and last pages are made from a paper doily.
Another precious keepsake is the wooden Witch's shoe that has a secret compartment. And inside that secret compartment are two trinkets. (I'm not telling you what they are, you'll have to find out)
There are also the usual things one might find in a sewing basket...a measuring tape, some aged wooden spools, a pair of scissors, a super old brass thimble, a few old 'button cards' that are held together by a wooden clip, an old wooden handled Dritz Tracing Wheel, a small glass vial of black beads, a string of black buttons, and even a wooden 'needle box' that has been ink stamped with black Crows.
Here's a favorite memory...the Witch's first spell....she cast a spider into stone, immortalizing him. He's etched right into the stone and will stay there forever.
And then we see she has her aged paper tag with one of her favorite sayings on it.
There are other odds and ends contained in this sewing basket....a black votive candle, a red 'aged' rabbit's foot, and some black marbles. There's also a small black Witch's Broom that she uses for dusting lint from her black dresses.
She loves cats and she loves sewing.
The old saying has it that A stitch in time saves nine....but she also thinks that A Witch in time saves nine lives, and the cats couldn't agree more!
Copyright © December 7, 2003 Cathy Palmer-Scruggs / Catt Alexander
Special thanks to Julie for the Heart & Hand inspiration, and an extra special thanks to Mal.
Another super special thanks to eBay seller imosh for the pentagram and cat charm.
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