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Witch Crafts: 101 Projects for Creative Pagans Paperback – January 11, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (January 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080652247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806522470
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,811,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Thanks for your interest in my book! I designed it to be easy to use, provide fun projects for everyone, include a variety of skill levels and materials, and use craft supplies that aren't too hard to locate. Each chapter features a "Resources" section at the back to make it even easier for you to find the supplies you need to create everything in this book. Feel free to visit my website and let me know what you like (or don't like) about Witch Crafts. Enjoy!

From the Inside Flap

Whether you're a novice crafter into Norse lore or a practicing Pagan in need of personal tips on Celtic leatherwork, this handy, easy-to-use book will charm you and your entire family. The enchanting designs represent authentic Pagan lore and culture, and can be used for both practical and sacred purposes. Learn how to make a variety of unique items to delight all the senses, including:

- Celtic Pentacle Banner

- Carved Lotus Pillar Candle

- Quilted Leather Book of Shadows Cover

- Beaded Egyptian Collar

- Topsy Turvy Goddess Doll

- Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Sign

Almost every project in Witch Crafts can be constructed from readily available materials like wood, clay, wax, glass, and fabric, and there are crafts for all ages and skill levels. You'll also get detailed, step-by-step instructions, complete with tips, techniques, suppliers, and diagrams to help even beginners create elegant products.

The finished works of art make wonderful, personalized holiday gifts -- the book itself is a perfect present for that special person. So put some magic in your life withthis one-of-a-kind guide.

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More About the Author

Willow Polson's major in college was Art, and was on the Education track at SFSU to get a secondary school teaching credential when two things happened: Her dad decided to stop paying for college, and she answered an ad for a full-time graphic artist for EGW Publishing, which produces consumer magazines. The job was interesting enough, but when an assistant editor position opened up, she gave writing samples to one of the editors and was virtually hired on the spot. From there she helped develop new titles, became a department editor, and eventually became managing editor of both a newsletter and related website.

Seeing the writing on the wall about certain properties she was working on, at about this time she started writing books and doing more freelance articles. Fortunately she identified a hole in the new age market you could drive a truck through, and successfully sold five books to Citadel, a Kensington imprint.

Willow's first love, however, was always fantasy novels. When she was five, she received The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe as a Christmas present from grandpa Steve, and received comic books from grandpa Albert. Add to this the fact that her mother produced a monthly magazine out of their home, complete with printing press in the basement, and you can see where her enthusiasm for writing and publishing began.

But something was missing. Non-fiction, while a perfectly valid market, wasn't entirely satisfying to write about. It was at this point that another two things happened: She read Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury, which gave her permission to write about what she loves, and she followed her late father's advice. "The world is your oyster," he used to say, and Willow applies that to everything in her life. She figures there's no reason, with a little determination and skill (and "luck"), that she can't achieve what she sets her mind to.

And that's exactly what she's doing now, and continuing to work towards.

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Your purchase of this book, for yourself or as a gift, will give many happy hours of return.
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This is the book creative Pagans have been waiting for.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I just LOVE this book. I love all sorts of crafts, and this book is packed full of things I can't wait to make. It is loaded with craft projects from sewing, cross stitch, and quilting to pottery, woodwork, jewerly, and etching glass! There are ideas for sabbat candles, ritual wear, little bags for spell work, and things for your altar (pottery Goddess figures and chalice, incense burners, and altar tiles). The crafts do not require lots of hard to find items either. Further, this book has lots of pictures of the finished products as well (many in color). This is a *must have* for any kitchen witch, or the witch who likes to make her own tools. The only "problem," no knitting or crochet, and I love to play with yarn. However, I give this book my highest endorsment!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
While some of the craft projects in this book are overtly pagan, most are not, and many are adaptable for other uses. The chapters are organized by category (e.g. Candles, Woodworking, Embroidery -- 12 categories in all) and each chapter has several projects that progress from simple to more complex; offering something for every skill level.

Personally, I am very excited about several of the projects presented and can't wait to dive in and start creating.

For the most part the instructions are clear and easy to follow, even for someone unfamiliar with the particular skill involved. One notable exception is the Trompe l'Oeil painting project -- for this one you need to have a good working knowledge of how to paint relatively realistic images.

A great plus is the Resources section at the end of each chapter, with sources for some of the harder-to-find materials needed for projects in that chapter.

There are not as many color photos as I would have liked, but I understand that this is due to technical difficulties, not neglect on the part of the author.

All in all, a great book with some really creative ideas for projects, many of which could find a place in any home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Conner on December 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I was a little wary of this book when I ordered it, but decided to try anyway.
I AM SOOO GLAD. Willow has done a super job of giving detailed but not boring reviews of several craft media, and her instructions are clear-cut enough for even a beginning crafter.
I particularly liked the way she listed up-to-date resources for each chapter, and the index is very detailed, making it much easier to locate specific information.
Even though some of the crafts are not my cup of tea, the ideas presented are applicable to many media, and I have found myself inspired to create my own Witch Crafts.
Kudos to Willow! Your purchase of this book, for yourself or as a gift, will give many happy hours of return. What more could you ask?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Allison Turner on February 16, 2002
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Willows book is packed full of projects with lots of colored and black and white photos, graphs and patterns that just don't stop! This book has given me so many ideas now, that I can not decide where to begin! You will find needlework, wood work, beading, glass work, ceramics, sewing a cape! I could go on and on...You MUST get this book for your self! Thanks Willow!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 9, 2002
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This book makes me wish I were on house arrest! The projects are varied and fun. Crafters from all different levels of ability will find this book informative and inspiring.
I'll be working with these crafts for years to come. This is one book that will not get loaned out!!!
A great gift book for your crafter friends!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2003
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Willow has done an amazing job of putting this wonderful book together. Not only are each of the projects written well in simple instructions, but the ideas are so varied and inspiring! My first project was the "Know Thyself" mirror. I'm so proud of it! I'm moving on to the cross stitch Greenman next. The book makes me wish I had a kiln and wheel -- the pottery section is great. Maybe one day...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 22, 2005
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This is the book creative Pagans have been waiting for. This charming book is full of easy-to-do projects that can be used for mundane and magickal purposes.

Long-time witch Willow Polson gives us twelve chapters covering candles, jewelry, sewing, woodworking, paper, painting, pottery, glass, and more. Each chapter provides an introduction to that craft, a list of supplies needed, various projects, and resources. It should be noted that most of the required materials are readily available at any craft store. You can make your own wreaths, incense burners, and sun-catchers with Polson's detailed, step-by-step instructions. She also provides tips, techniques, diagrams, and black and white and color photos.

Budget-conscious Pagans and Witches will be amazed at what they can create with a few inexpensive materials. You can make your own circlet, staff, and Goddess sculpture. Pagan parents and their kids will delight in making Yule ornaments, treasure boxes, and the wonderful Persephone/Demeter Topsy-Turvey doll. With clear instructions, photos, and the author's encouraging tone, Witch Crafts is great for all ages and levels of skill.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on June 23, 2003
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I have to say I thought the book would have more pictures of the projects before they were finished. I was disapointed with that and then I was delighted with the rest of the book. I love how she gives you crafts in sections and explains the basics of the crafts before giving you any projects. A great book for anyone who is starting to create beautiful artwork in multiple mediums. I look forward to reading Polson's other books as well. Happy Crafting!
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