The Witch's Workshop

A Guide to Crafting Your Own Magical Tools

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Pub Date May 14 2024 | Archive Date May 07 2024

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From the author of The Witch's Feast, this is the first fully illustrated, comprehensive introduction to the handicrafts of witchcraft. Through over 60 craft projects, learn all the techniques you need to create your personalized magical toolkit.

Empower yourself as a self-sufficient witch, and become a master of the natural arts!

This in-depth guide, accompanied by step-by-step images, will show you all the craft and design skills you need to make your own, personalized and fully adaptable magical toolkit.

Melissa Madara, magical expert, herbalist and witch, shares 60+ unique projects and techniques, many of which revive spells from the history of witches past. Approachable for beginners and stimulating for established practitioners, the crafts are clearly explained through luscious photographs, detailed research, useful charts, and easy-to-follow instructions. Once you are directly in touch with the power of these crafts, understanding deeply the processes and the associations of magical ingredients, you can be inspired to create all your own unique formulations. Chapters include:

  • Incense, including kyphi temple incense, which once billowed from the temples of ancient Egypt, to house blessing incense for cleansing any new home.
  • Inks, including dragon's blood ink and botanical drawing charcoals.
  • Oils, such as flying ointment or the world's first known chemist Tapputi's royal salve.
  • Natural dyes for creating stunning eco-printed ritual gowns or a spring equinox altar tablecloth.
  • Papers, like Japanese knotweed paper or autumn equinox corn husk paper.
  • Powders essential for rituals and spells such as scrying powder and banishing salt.
  • Candles of all shapes and types, including poured, dipped and molded.

With all of this knowledge, you can create altars, rituals and spells that are highly specific, personal and in touch with your natural environment.
From the author of The Witch's Feast, this is the first fully illustrated, comprehensive introduction to the handicrafts of witchcraft. Through over 60 craft projects, learn all the techniques you...

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This book is packed full of fantastic recipes for any witch. Accompanied by stunning photography that inspires me to make some of the items listed.
I have not heard of the author before but the recipes in the book definitely lean towards the Greek patheon so I'm not sure if this reflects the authors personal practice. Having said that the projects in the book are clear and easy to follow and suited to any witch.

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I'd say this book is a must have for the homesteading witch. Lots of instruction as well as lovely photos and design lay out. Thank you netgalley for the e arc

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This comprehensive and well researched book is a guide to crafting your own magical tools.

Discusses the art of witchcraft, including setting up the altar. Tools include incense, inks. Paper. Candles, oils anf powders
Charts. References. Further reading and references. Index.

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I really like this book. There's a lot of details for each recipe, there are a lot of different kinds of things to make. I really want to get this for my library so I can try to make some of the things with people during programs. I love all of the detailed photos. Very well planned book.

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Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read an arc of this book.

As a beginner I found this book very helpful and informative. It taught anything from making natural inks and paper, to candles and incense. Definitely recommend this to everyone new or old to witchcraft

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What an array of information to be found in The Witch's Workshop! From dyes and inks to candles and paper, this book covers ways to create your own tools for the Craft. Any practitioner would benefit from this book, as there's so much information available within its pages. Highly recommend!

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This was a great collection of introductory witchy recipes! I liked the format and the recipes seem easy to follow!

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I adored this book. I absolutely loved the layout, images, and recipes included in this book and it was incredibly informative. I plan to order this book for myself when it is published and really dive in deeper to some of these recipes

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Wonderful craft resource for a novice or established practitioner. Lots of useful hints and tips with gorgeous images.

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This book is thought-provoking on the various projects that can be undertaken in this read. I found many recipes for candles, papers, powders, oils, and incense. It was very interesting how the different types of incense can be made, and the author details how to make each kind, then gives simple-to-follow recipes with ingredients to choose from. I found this book full of good information, on easy ways to enhance your practice, whether as a solo practitioner or in a coven. I would recommend this book for addition to our collection.

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As a pagan, this book is super helpful. There are some incredible blends, information, explinations. The steps, the photographs, all of it was perfect. This is the type of book you want to give someone who loves the green/herbal path because the author really put care into it. They took their time researching, and only offer deep explinations of the hows and why.

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This is a really unusual book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. In it, we learn how to make our own incense, dyes, oils, candles, paper and so much more. The author is incredibly knowledgeable about her craft and I see this book being useful to anyone who wants to make their own tools for their spiritual practise, rather than buying mass produced items. The only problem I see is that there are a lot of ingredients in some of the recipes, particularly for the incense, which may add up to being quite expensive, so bear that in mind. I would recommend this book to anyone who desires to make their own craft items; this book gives you everything you might need, and more.

With thanks to Netgalley and Watkins Publishing for this ARC. All opinions are my own.

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Gorgeous craft book in the witches way. It was more of a craft book ,than say a spell book, and for the crafty girl I am, that was just fine! I especially liked the chapters on the natural dyes and inks.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my time with The Witch's Workshop, more than I thought I would at the outset. I admit to not being particularly crafty or really hands on at all when it comes to making witchcraft supplies. I generally just purchase everything. So I wasn't sure if this would be a helpful resource for me, but I was pleasantly surprised. This book covers not just the making of various supplies like incense, dye, paper, and candles, but also the history and some science behind each of the items and their long time use in pagan practice. It's fascinating! Plus specific recipes using the items, such as a hand dyed tarot pouch or an edible butter candle. The beautiful photos help too, I'm always a sucker for pretty pictures. I still think some of the things, like paper pulp, will be beyond my current skill level, but I'm confident I can use this book to grow! There's references and further reading in the back, but not much in the way of using the finished products in specific spells and rituals, so you'll need the knowledge of where to take it from here. But for any witch or pagan who is looking to be more hands on in their supplies, this will be an ideal reference to have on hand.

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