Two different classes will be held here at the Cottage in October. On Sat. the 3rd, we will be making an apothecary jar housing a cute witch surrounded by transparent ghostly images.
And since it is Karla's Cottage, you know there will be choices and we will be using the Good Stuff. I'll have an array of witchy girl kits for you pick from and make to use in your jar.
On Sunday, Oct. 4th, we will alter a book with haunting, and mysterious elements.
You will make a complete book that day, and receive a trick or treat bag full of delicious goodies to finish the interior pages, if hobgoblins don't allow you enough time to work on the inside that day.
The pages themselves will be printed papers that I have scanned from vintage fortune telling and astrological pamphlets. So your spell book will be ready for embellishments and additions of your own over the top of the moody backgrounds.
The apothecary jar will be filled with ghosts.
They will be haunting a diminutive witch with her cat, and a pumpkin. I'll provide one hand made paper clay gourd, and you will make another one yourself. The trees behind her are covered in black millinery leaves and draped in cobwebs.
There is a lot of detail to each little witch in the jar or on the book covers.
Your trapped, bewitching charmer in a jar (made on Saturday) can hold a magic wand, or a broomstick, both will be hand made during the class.
The book cover (made on Sunday) features 2 young crones, one waving a wand, the other one swishing her broom.
Our colors will be neutral and black, no garish oranges. But I do like the very faded, old purple of these 100 year old millinery blooms. So if you want a touch of violet for All Hallow's Eve, I think these are the way to go.
And these tones of vintage ribbon flowers are a sweet addition to the spellbinding girl's gowns. A touch of color here and there doesn't take away from the black and ecru of either creation, since these are such mellow, old tones.
Especially for our sweet, mini sorceresses.
(If you like them to look aged more, we can give them a quick dip them in dye. These are vintage new stock, packed away for decades, never used, so might still retain some of their original brightness)
My theory on creating is that you should use the Good Stuff. Like glass and rhinestone old buttons...
Tattered trims from days long ago...
Hand dyed silk, and vintage velvet....
And delicate lace.
This antique gown from a distant wedding date is properly decaying for our haunting creations. I'll have snippets of it in each kit.
And please feel free to rip into it for use during the weekend.
Each project kit will be filled with romantic elements to create your piece. And of course, at Karla's Cottage, there is always a table of extras for personalization. I love it when no two finished artworks look alike.
We are going for a look of timeworn beauty, not modern Halloween. Expect luxe supplies and lovely images for our specters and sorceresses.
And remember, only bad witches are ugly.
Both classes will fill a day, and if you are fast worker, there will be plenty of extras for you to play with while hanging out with our fiends friends, and chatting away as we create together in our little coven of crafters.
Goodies will be served in the haunted treat cabinet, and we will break for a homemade lunch.
You are welcome to attend one class or both. Each is from 10am-5pm with lunch at 1:00.
If you'd like to join us here in Lawrence, KS (50 minutes from the Kansas City, MO airport) please email me - firstname.lastname@example.org -for an invoice. This is a limited sized class.
Saturday October 3- Romantic Gothic Ghosts- Haunted Sorceress is $100
Sunday October 4- Romantic Gothic Ghosts- Book of Mysteries is $100
If you want to do both, you will receive a discount of 10%, which makes the total for two days- $190