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Deborah SnavelyBy Deborah Snavely
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Deborah SnavelyBy Deborah Snavely
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Warm, unisex outerwear—available to everyone!

I've been wearing my own cloaks as preferred warm winter outerwear for almost 50 years. Every one has lasted more than 15 years, was washable (no dry cleaning required), and occasionally doubled as blanket when I was travelling (by car, airline, train, or bus). 

After I made myself a new one in the 1990s, I was asked by a young man in a mall whether I sold them, as he admired it. I've given the notion a lot of thought and the time has come. 

my Cowled Cloaks design: black silk noil (left)  black wool gabardine (right)
my Cowled Cloaks design: black silk noil (left) black wool gabardine (right)

Use the whole thing…fabric thrift

About 1995 I had a two-yard length of quality wool fabric (which, as usual, measured nearly 60 inches wide)—after examining the fabric repeatedly, the light bulb went off in my head, and this design for the Caped Cowl leapt out complete. The pointed hood in this photo is a result of the heavy wool sewn double thickness. Lighter weight fabrics fold to a less dramatic profile. 

Heavy wool cape on maker, Narrows Bridge in background
Heavy wool cape on maker, Narrows Bridge in background

Herbal powder incenses, handmade, all veg, sun & moon charged…

Plant resins, organic herbs & essential oils—that's all the physical ingredients in Cottage incenses. Metaphysical ingredients begin with solar radiation, lunar radiation, my personal energies, and my tradition's energies. 

Herbal incenses in bulk storage—herbs, resins, essential oils only
Herbal incenses in bulk storage—herbs, resins, essential oils only

Risks and challenges

My Pendleton® wool source enabled me to offer these capes and cloaks at prices equivalent to what a home seamstress would pay just for the fabric. However, that source (& low price) limits fabric color choices.

By contrast, my source for silk noil fabric only carries black that's wide enough for the design. Other colors are available—in narrower yardage, so that it would take more yards AND create more waste to offer full length cloaks on 5'6" humans or taller.

I own a Bernina sewing machine, and a spare. The long-term maintenance may be expensive, but these are the absolute sturdy machines that will keep on trucking.

A final risk in setting up my One Witch's Cottage business is my limited energy and experience with marketing/advertising. I've already invested in the domain name onewitchscottage.com, and used my residual techie skills to create & evolve the site…

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    handmade herbal powder incense (vegan)

    Cottage also makes all-herbal powder incense for use on incense charcoal. Hand-ground ingredients, solar and lunar radiant infused, one for each weekday deity. 30cc (1 oz) of any of the seven varieties, requests honored if available: Solar Success — Serene Sight — Tyr Triumphant — Heraldic Hermes — Jovial Justice — Fascinating Freya — Cronos Cycle

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    light gemstone bead necklace w/mag clasp

    Designer gemstone bead necklace, each in a specific color family—currently available examples include blue, green, silver, pink, and red. Relatively short necklaces, from 16 to 23 inches, each having a magnetic clasp for easy use and safety.

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    Caped Cowl—hood & short cape, black

    Donor's choice of 100% silk noil fabric or Pendleton® pure virgin wool fabric.
    Hood is double-thickness of fabric for warmth, cape body single thickness, bias cut.
    Each Caped Cowl (my name for the design) includes a small brass hand-forged fibula closure (fibula is an ancient name for a simple easy-to use brooch)

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