Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Witchy Ninni

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!


Alexandra Abarca said...

Hi Leslie I don´t belive in Halloween so is interesting look the crafts that many people do for this celebration.

Your witchy is nice.

Costa Rica

Leslie Andersen said...

Thanks, Ale!

craftmates said...

So very cute!!! I love the nini you made.

Unknown said...

ahhhhhh! that is BRILLIANT--the hot glue on the stick to give it that gnarrrrrly witchy look! then--acrylics?? i'm loving the broom more now--appreciating it much more! and I love the twiny hair and broom bristles--leave it to a witch to have the same material for both!
great ninniwitch, leslie!

Suse RevoluzZza said...

Wow!!! What an amazing Ninni - totally overwhelmed by your great work!