Today I decided to push my recuperation by doing a little hand sewing. I sat at the dining table so I could support my arm on it the whole time. It's aching like a mild toothache now, BUT I CREATED SOMETHING! My arm might give me an uncomfortable night tonight, but my psyche sure feels a lot better! Here's what I started ... a soft-sculpture witch. Since the best way to get acquainted with any creature is to see its face, I started with the head.
Step one ... cut the reinforced toe and band at top of a knee high stocking. This is a well worn and washed stocking with a few snags in it, but no holes or runs. It's your basic generic beige colour. Taupe works well for witches too.Make the top cut at an angle instead of cutting straight along the band. This is important! Then sew a running stitch along the cut edge of the knee-end, and pull the circle of stitches up tight, like so:You don't have to be perfect with your sewing for this project, which makes it a great project for inexperienced sewers and people with gimpy arms! This is the stuff I use to stuff:I bought a ginormous industrial sized bag of it when our local Fabricland was closing out. Any poly fiberfill stuffing will do. Grab a big wad of the stuff and roll it into a big loose pear shape:Then stuff it into the stocking with the wider part of the pear away from your stitched end.I added an extra ball of stuffing on each side of the pear to widen out the bottom part more. Your stitched end should be at the back of the pear, near the top, like so:If not, squoosh things around until it is located this way. Next, I took a smaller wad of stuffing and made a smaller pear shape ...... which I stuffed into the front of the larger pear. This is the beginnings of Witchy Poo's nose. I was thinking LARGE nose.At this point, I could almost see her face! (Okay, I might have an active imagination.) I added another ball of stuffing below the smaller pear. This would become her chin.