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Two days until Release: Wax & Wane: A Gathering of Witch Tales )O(

 

Merry meet all,

Only two days left until the March 2nd release date- have you pre ordered your copy yet?

A Gathering of Witch Tales- 30 spellbinding stories

Available from Amazon – http://tinyurl.com/jnwsrmu

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“Whether wicked or whimsical, few folkloric figures are as iconic as the witch. Wax & Wane: A Gathering of Witch Tales serves up 30 spellbinding stories of witches that are enchanting and terrifying, amusing and enticing. Classic or eclectic, fantastical or historical, these witch tales are a literary incantation to delight any fans of witches and witchcraft.”

Buy your copy today!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Tarot Magic

 

Cemetery

Merry meet all,

Spring is in the air. We depart from winter’s dark cold hold and are ushered into the joys of spring. Today is my adorable familiar cat’s Adoption Birthday. Penny is now six according to her adoption birthday date. Penny would now be six years old. Little rascal.

While I revel in the dark half of the year, I can’t help but gawk at my garden, impatiently waiting for the heart stirring signs of spring. The daffodils, hyacinth, tulips, snowdrops and crocuses herald spring in my garden.

Some things won’t change. I still honor my ancestors, I still wear black a lot and black nail polish- well, not as I type, and I still want to burn black candles. But there is a purpose behind what I do. Black is the ultimate color to me that draws spirits or energy towards me. Black holds energy whereas a white candle releases it. But I am not one to argue with a warmer season. It gives you so much freedom. But black also looks cool. I am so in the habit of it I barely even think of it anymore. I wear jeans for twenty minutes before I have to put on my goth witchy garb. The image I show is what I want others to see.

I have been trying a new method of reaching out to spirits that I found in the newest issue of Witches and Pagans magazine. They published my poem! You need a simple tarot cloth, a tarot deck, crystals, a candle- and you can choose the colour or shape of the candle, and incense if you prefer. You have to ground and centre yourself then pick a significator card that represents the spirit/s you wish to reach. You think of a question then pick cards till your questions are answered. When you sense it is over, then you ground and centre again. Clean the area up and let your candle and incense burn down. The candle and incense follow your intent so it is good to let them burn down to avoid confusing them. Choose candles and incense that correspond to contacting spirits. I am sure you will enjoy performing this type of necromancy.

The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Ostara, the second Spring Sabbat. A solar equinox occurs soon. The Full Moon just passed and now the moon wanes, till it turns to new moon.

Blessed be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

For your viewing pleasure!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9kbj_aeO2k&ebc=ANyPxKoKbcR10-RCPLZS
 

 

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Magic Gown

DRESSBEAUTY

Merry meet all,

I have sewn myself a gorgeous stunning black gown. I am so proud of it. I love the gown. That’s a good thing because it was so much work to sew. The pattern I used is the Arwen gown. I have a Simplicity pattern that I have used before. I donated those gowns to a local thrift store. There’s no way I would donate this beauty. Oh no. She’s a beauty.

I bought the material for it back in October. That is how long I have been working on the dress. I sewed the gown with painstaking care. It shows that I took gentle and loving care sewing it. I wanted the dress to have an appearance of mystery, magic and something ethereal. The devil is in the details, they say.

Yup. Truth. I wore the dress a lot, showing off my prowess, or so I thought. It turns out that the centre back section was at the front of the dress and the centre front section was at the back. I told myself I would get a tailor to do it. Nope. Guess what? I put my seam ripper to work, spending an entire weekend switching the front centre and back centre sections. The change is so amazing. Then the collar was twisted because I switched the sections. I fixed that and added a strip of black lace to the black lace collar. I stitched on a ribbon underneath the collar to conceal the interfacing. The back centre sections is where the zipper would go so I had to seam rip it and sew it on the back of the gown. It was just so much work.

Shown: early stage of gown construction-

I bought some wide black velvet ribbon and thin regular black ribbon. But I had a problem with the sleeves. Ugh. The upper cap sleeve is covered in black lace (which actually looks grey), and had to be eased in to the armhole. I stitched between the notches on the cap sleeve and pulled the thread tails. Mercifully it went well. I took my time and did it with care. It was the lower sleeves that would give me grief. The upper part of the lower sleeve has to match up correctly with the notches and markings. The long arch of the lower sleeve always points to the floor. The short part is up. You can see the dress in the photo. Also, I added a second sleeve that is hidden. The hem of the lace sleeve is what my arm goes through and the first initial sleeve is the over sleeve if that makes sense. The first initial sleeve that I worked on so laboriously has a ribbon casing. I worked in ribbon casings so I could draw the sleeve up if I want to. It is lined and edged with lace. On the outside, at the part where the lower sleeve meets the sleeve cap, I added tulle edged with black lace seam binding. I hand stitched the tulle to the upper sleeve cap to give it the look of the tulle being attached to the black lace sleeve cap. The tulle conceals the stitching of the lower sleeve to the sleeve cap.

I spent an entire day seam ripping the lower sleeve from the sleeve cap. I didn’t plan on having to seam rip through so many fabric layers- lace, lining and sleeve. Then I had the headache of creating the sleeve casing for the drawstring cords, which on one side was too narrow to fit a pin through. Then the cords were long on the wrong side- toward upper sleeve. Then the casings weren’t open enough. Then I had to reattach the layers of fabric together, underestimating that the sewing machine of course would make it too hard to do by machine- by hand. Then the edges wouldn’t meet up evenly. Anyone else surprised I had a break for a delicious grilled cheese and garlic sandwich and tea and then once done sewing and all tidied, I had an Epsom salts and lavender soak?

Good thing the whole sleeve still lines up and that the cords work and I could gather up the lower sleeve on the black fancy gown if I want to. I also inserted an extra hidden long lace sleeve from the sleeve cap.

I had some black velvet ribbon left over. I stitched a regular strip of black ribbon to the remnant of the velvet ribbon as well as on the regular ribbon, I stitched on a strip of the black lace seam binding. I stitched all that together than stitched it to the dress. The idea is that it looks like it has detail, it is a witch gown after all. Then with the ends I seam ripped the bodice on the sides, tucked in the ends of the ribbon, then slip stitched it closed again and on the wrong side of the gown, I trimmed the ribbon ends.

I stitched the wide black velvet on the collar to make the collar appear like the velvet overlaps the whole upper area. They did that on the Arwen gown and I finally figured out the trick to that. The black velvet ribbon is the same colour as the body of the dress. The actual collar is a lighter blackish grey colour, the same lace as on the sleeve caps. So the black velvet ribbon contrasts with the collar lace.

I want a tailor to do the hem though. I never needed to add a zipper to the gown because the knit material is so swishy. But the downside of that is that the material was too swishy in the sewing machine. It is hemmed but a tailor would have more control over that.

The dress shown below is the initial inspiration for my dress:

GOWN!!

Sewing needles snapped, threads littered table and floors, patience expired and sanity was tested. But at last, the hard work is done. The gown looks beautiful.

Simplicity no longer sends patterns to Canada. I have the pattern and while I won’t make that pattern again. I have stored it away carefully. After all, you never know when you will be bit by the sewing bug and be your own fairy godmother and want to sew a witchy gown!!!!!!!!!!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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#amwriting: Evoking Atmosphere and Place

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Several indie books I’ve read lately impressed me with the sense of atmosphere the author managed to pack into their work, and the sense of place.

a girl called wolfThe book I am currently reading  is a contemporary novel,  “A Girl Called Wolf” by Stephen Swartz. In the opening chapters, Swartz’s Greenland has a harsh, ethereal quality. The environment is shown as unearthly, beautiful, and deadly, as are the people. The story of his protagonist Anuka (later called Anna) and her early life stands out sharply against the nearly cinematic backdrop, yet Swartz shows it with an economy of words.

Later, when Anuka is forcibly taken to civilization, that village and its poverty, as compared to her prior life, is clear in the reader’s head. It is seen through her eyes, although the villagers themselves don’t see themselves as poor in comparison–just the opposite. Swartz manages to get that across without overstating…

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Wise words

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Merry meet all,

I am proud to be published in the anthology Wax and Wane: A Gathering of Witch Tales published by Nosetouch Press. The extra reason is that the editor is sensitive to Witches today.

“I would qualify it by saying that just as there are good and bad people and those in-between, so we had witch stories that reflected that balance — mostly good or grey, and a few wicked ones. We rejected stories that ran with the green-faced, baby-killing hag witch stereotype.”

That is one more reason to be happy to be published. It’s rare that an editor or other person shows so much understanding and kindness. Witches will want to read this book because of the understanding shown by the editors. This is rare. I can’t wait to hold the book in my hands and read it from cover to cover. I get a contributor copy. Oh I can’t wait. The book cover is beautiful. 

If you are interested in pre ordering the book, here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Wax-Wane-Gathering-Witch-Tales/dp/1944286039  

I also got an Amazon Author Page after I signed the contract. Here is the link to the page:

http://www.amazon.com/Heddy-Johannesen/e/B01A2TMCPO/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_19

I have good reason to be excited. Due to the nice editor’s kind comments, I have been firing potential book reviewer after book reviewer and place to carry the book after another that I can think of. I don’t mind helping David Neal. I know a lot of contacts in the Witch world so I am able to help that way. Witches and Pagans magazine might feature a review of the book and possibly Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine might review the book too. 

My article on Chalices that was originally printed in Circle Magazine will be published in Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine for the spring issue. I am also hard at work on my other writing.Witches and Pagans published my poem, “Over a Blood Moon” in their most recent issue. 

The Wax and Wane anthology is scheduled to be released on March 2, 2016. It’s not far away. The spring equinox occurs in March too. Good reason to celebrate!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

 

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Fame

lunareclipse15

Merry meet all,

The link below is the author spotlight for me and my story to be published in the Wax and Wane anthology by Nosetouch Press. I am so happy to be in this book and I can’t wait till it comes out.
http://www.nosetouchpress.com/contributor-spotlight-heddy-johannesen/

Please enjoy reading these links:

Blessed Be
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

http://www.nosetouchpress.com/contributor-spotlight-heddy-johannesen/

http://historiccamdencounty.com/ccnews153.shtml

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/witches-magic-exhibition-john-rylands-10785515#ICID=sharebar_facebook

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