Folklore and Origin of the Kitchen Witch Doll

Folklore and Origin of the Kitchen Witch Doll

Kitchen witch dolls, also known as cottage or Scandinavian kitchen witch dolls, adorn many kitchens around the world, particularly in Scandinavian countries. Why? This post addresses folklore and the origin of the kitchen witch doll.

folklore and origin of the kitchen witch

Why Have A Kitchen Witch Doll?

Folklore associated with the dolls:

  • Keep roasts from burning.
  • Pots don’t boil over.
  • Sauces don’t spill.
  • Prevents general kitchen mishaps and disasters for natural kitchen klutzes.
  • Make a kitchen a place of warmth and happiness.
  • Inspires creative cooking.
  • Never too much salt and spices will mix perfectly.
  • Considered good luck to give a kitchen witch doll to a friend or family member.

Origin of the Kitchen Witch Doll

folklore and origin of the kitchen witch

Most claim the kitchen witch doll originated centuries ago in Norway to ward off bad spirits and inspire safety and productivity in a home’s kitchen. And there are others that attribute kitchen witch origins to Germany. Clearly, the tradition lies in European history. Although not popular in England today, there are records of kitchen witch dolls there as early as the 1500’s.

Interestingly, there is a type of witch (of the human kind) known as a kitchen witch that is probably one of the oldest types of magic known. Kitchen witchcraft combines hearth and home with magic. A kitchen witch bring blessings on a family, makes healing teas, salves, and poultices for healing. And of course, applies magical powers to food preparation along with natural gifts of cooking skills.

Although not shown in any research, one could venture that kitchen witch dolls had their earliest beginnings from those believing in that beneficial form of witchcraft. Regardless of their unknown roots, kitchen witch dolls are intended as a positive, joyful item to adorn any home kitchen.


Stitch In The Eye Kitchen Witches

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These little witches are approximately 7-8 inches in height.

You choose the theme color of your witch to match the kitchen.

Witches come packaged, along with “The Famous Kitchen Witch” tag and her nature-created broomstick.

These little witches look charming in the home, or make an excellent gift.

Visit the home page on how to order.

4 Replies to “Folklore and Origin of the Kitchen Witch Doll”

  1. Have you made the Baker Man? I have been looking for one for a long time. My mom had one…chef hat, apron, rolling pin, fry pan…same folk lore to the kitchen witch but it seems to have just dissapeared.

    1. We were not aware the Baker Man was of similar folklore to the kitchen witch. If you have some background and history about the Baker Man, you are welcome to post it here. Stitch In The Eye has not made one. Sorry we could not be of more help, but the topic is fascinating.

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