My friend Susan and I couldn't let October come and go with out hosting some sort of Halloween-themed craft swap on Craftster, so we re-visited our old friend, the ninni monster, to see what all the craftters would do to give him a Halloween or fall-inspired makeover. The gallery of ninnis is just starting to fill up with ninni mummies and trick-or-treaters, and there is one little green witch that I especially like (because I made her!)
Most ninnis don't have a nose--it really changed her look--but a witch needs a big crooked nose!
I really impressed myself with the broom I made for my witch. I had seen other people make Harry-Potter-style magic wands using a wooden dowel and hot glue, so that's what I did for the broomstick.
Then I gave it two coats of paint--a lighter one under a darker one. I rubbed the top coat a bit before it dried to let some of the lighter paint show through.
I was going for a gnarled-tree look, and I think I got it! The broom "straws" are made from gardening twine, as is her hair. The hat is wool felt, and the wart on her nose is a bead.
You can make your own ninni with the free pattern from the RevoluzZza website. It's very simple, suitable for beginner sewists. Susan and I have found ninnis to be addictive, because there are so many ways you can change the basic pattern. Go ahead, give it a try!