I'm Lori and I love to craft. I cross stitch, knit and crochet and anything else that takes my fancy! I love to make amigurumi and other knitted and crocheted characters.
I live in the north east of England and when I'm not busy with thread or wool I love to read thrillers and watch things on the TV that make me laugh. I have a love of tattoos too and have quite a collection!
My name is Lorraine, I run a craft business called Hippywitch Crafts.I sell hand made gifts and toys made from felt, embroidery, knitting, crochet and sewing. I love what I do!
You can find me at:
My Etsy shop: www.hippywitch.etsy.com -
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This is the ami I made this week for the swap with Steph, now she's in her new home I can post the picture! Loved this one, I used a cream wool with gold thread in it for the wings so they are sparkly. The hair took ages as each strand of wool had to be split into the separate strands to make it look wavy but the results were worth it!
Made from an Alan Dart pattern, Jultomton is a Scandinavian gnome. He delivers the presents at Christmas instead of Santa Claus. I loved the fun fur wool to knit the beard as it looks really beardy!
A lovely ball of a mousey, the pattern is a simple slip stitch pattern that makes it look like a complicated fair isle. Love his cheeky face and lovely long tail!
A pretty flower petal fairy, this was for my friend Steph's birthday present last year and she thought she was lovely! Her clothes are made from all different coloured flower petals and she has tiny knitted flower rings on her fingers. The details in this pattern were incredible, with the rings being removable!
Daisy the dragon, this one's all mine! She was made from a Debbie Birkin pattern and is very cute, love the bright colours and little flowers.
Couldn't resist buying myself this very pretty chrysanthemum plant, there are so many flowers and such a pretty pink colour too. While I'm waiting for spring to start springing outside I'm starting to bring it inside with pretty flowers and plants to make me smile!
Today I've been busy crocheting my ami for the monthly swap with my lovely friend. I'm not going to say what it is or post any pictures as I know she'll read this, lol! I know it drives her a teeny bit mad when I tease her about it which is exactly why I posted this.......sorry to wind you up Steph but I couldn't help it!
Stitched this with leaves appliquéd on in green cotton for a get well soon card. The design was from Cross Stitch magazine and is one of a set. It was lovely to stitch and fast too! I'm going to stitch some more of these to keep for spare cards as they're so cute!
I love Heaven and Earth designs! These are the ones I've finished so far,
The Storykeeper, Selena Fenech. This was the first one I stitched and the biggest.....so far! It took me around 9 months to complete which I thought was pretty good as the chart was over 30 pages! I love how she turned out and she hangs in pride of place in my living room.
This is Moon Goddess, it was a SAL chart from the Heaven and Earth Bulletin Board. I only stitched the first half of the chart as I wanted to use it for a bag. The bag is made from an old pair of jeans and lined with satin from an old chemise, recycling at it's best! I hand stitched swirls in silver metallic thread on the denim and added silver beads too to jazz it up a bit more.
Enchanted Garden, another Sal one from the Bulletin Board. Love the colours in this one and the effect of the wings is lovely! I haven't decided yet what to do with this one and might just end up framing it.
Lastly, this is Sunny, another SAL. Loved all the bright colours in this one and enjoyed stitching her a lot. Another one I haven't decided what to do with yet, I'm sure it'll come to me!
A couple of little stitched padded hangings I have made. The spring witch above is a cute one with beads and button embellishments that hangs on a door handle in my house.
The secret garden mandela below was made for a secret santa present on a craft forum and has a beaded tassel on the bottom. It's a design with a pond in the middle, flower beds and wrought iron gates around the edges and was another fun one to stitch!
These are two scissor keeps I stitched. The one above is a Hummingbird one and is looking after my scissors at the moment. It's a Barbara Ana design from Creative Poppy and I love how it turned out!
The one below is a Joan Elliott design and was made for a gift for a good friend, I love the colours used in this.
I love making biscornu, here are some of the ones I have made. This one is stitched with a variegated thread border and uses a very cute ladybird button. It's a design from World of Cross Stitch and is the first one I made.
This one was a present for a friend's birthday. It uses a lot of beads and is one of my favourite ones with lots of detail It's a chart from The Floss Box.
Another Floss Box design, this was another birthday present for a good friend and another of my favourites. Another one with lots of beads and detail.
A gorgeous kokeshi biscornu! This is a Barbara Ana design from Creative Poppy and was another present for a good friend. I love this one, it's such a cheerful and fun design!
I loved watching Ivor the Engine when I was little and enjoyed stitching this one. The backstitch was time consuming but gave it a great sketchy look just like the original animation. I entered this picture in the local village show in 2009 and it won third place in the cross stitched picture category, YAY!
I love this picture! It's a witches cat and comes from Joan Elliott's Bewitching Cross Stitch, I love Joan's designs and this book is my favourite. There's a lot of metallics and beads in this picture and the detail is wonderful. It hangs in my hall and looks great!
This is my favourite creation of all my bags! I used a chart from Joan Elliott's Oriental Cross Stitch book that had three fans in a row for this, the fans were overlapping slightly so I had to make up the edges to make full fans. I used lots of metallic threads and beads to make it sparkle, black velvet to make the the outside pieces of the bag and lined it with black satin. I then I had great fun making the beaded tassel for the bottom! I love my fancy double sided bag!
These are three of the bags I have made from pieces of cross stitch. I love to make bags as I just love bags! These are all made from old pairs of jeans and I use old tee shirts or bright patterned cotton to line them, I guess it's recycling! My favourite of these is the bottom one with the pink lily, it has a bright stripy lining and is so cheerful it makes me smile!
I'm going to add pictures of things I've made over the (many) years that I've been creating things.
This is a cross stitch picture of my cat Bootsie. I loved to stitch this and was thrilled with how realistic it turned out to be. It isn't a stitch-a-photo but was a kit that I found that actually looks remarkably like my cat.