Ever since we began making our dolls and creatures, we have been wanting to make witches. When we saw a call for Witches for the upcoming publication of Prims Magazine we though what better time to do it! We started talking about what kind of body and shape and style we wanted our witches to be. I remembered a book that I loved as a child called the Witch Next Door. In the stories of the Witch Next Door, the witch had a very basic body shape, pretty much a triangle with arms and legs.
We began sketching out some ideas of our Witch and as we began to simplify her we knew we had hit on something cool. We decided to make the body and hat in one continuous cone shape which we twisted and shaped in the stuffing process.
As we we sketching out our idea we thought that with a few minor adjustments we could make a Witch Finder General, styled after Vincent Price in the 1968 classic, The Conqueror Worm (which Carol -Mom- had seen when it opened in the theaters and had it scare the shit out of her.) Part of Vincent’s iconic look in the picture was his harsh Page Boy hair do. This brought on a bit of a challenge to us. In my drawings the Witches had some jagged lines to indicate hair, we had to brainstorm on what material to use. When one of us suggested Steel Wool we knew that was the ticket. Since steel wool comes in several weight and textures we were able ( after pilfering bags of it from her husbands stash) to find one for the Witch Finder as well as the perfect texture for the Witches.
We love our Witchy Sisters and Witchfinder General and hope you do too! You can find them on our Etsy site, http://www.raisedbywolvesstudio.etsy.com just in time for Hexennacht or Walurgis (Witches Night – April 30th)