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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dyeing Floss Tutoral -Lots of Pics on: September 21, 2014 02:06:57 PM

 I have always wanted to dye my own floss but have been very leery about the whole process. I just knew that I would end up with a tied dyed mess and my counters and house would be stained with a vomit pea green. I finally decided to put aside my fears and go for it. After a couple of tries, I got the hang of it and now I want to dye everything in sight. 

Are you ready for an adventure in floss dyeing? No need to be scared. If I can do it, you can too! 


Since this was my first try, I didn't want to put a lot of money into dye so I went with a very simple commercial dye.

White floss
Rit Dye
Squirt Bottles (I found these in the kitchen section of my local store)
plastic gloves (I used vinyl gloves like they use in the hospital)
plastic wrap
salt


 For dyeing floss, I didn't want to make up the entire batch of dye. I only wanted to make enough to fill the squirt bottles. I also wanted to do this so I could make variegated floss. I added two cups of hot water to the squirt bottle, then added 1 tablespoon salt, and started adding dye, about 1/4 of the packet. The salt is for cotton fabrics and floss. It helps the dye adhere to the floss better.  If you want the dye to be a stronger color, you can keep adding to it. To check and see how vibrant the color was, I tested a little squirt on a paper towel.


 To prepare the area and the floss, I put down plastic wrap to cover my area, not too much, just enough to cover the area and lay the floss on top. I then took my floss and ran it under hot water. I squeezed out the excess water and laid it on my plastic wrap.


 Now the fun part! Squirt your dye onto the floss.  Be prepared, it will run! As you can see from the picture, the colors did bleed into eachother, which is fine since I wanted variegated floss.


 One way to stop the dye from bleeding onto the floss is to add a little at a time, pick up the plastic wrap and then mix into the floss. Continue to add your colors.


 After you have all the colors you want on your floss, wrap it up with the plastic wrap. The color will darker over time. You can let it sit for a day and have dark vibrant colors, or let it sit for a few minutes and have muted tones. It is up to you and experiment with color. Have fun with shades .


 After you have your desired color, rinse out your floss and let it air dry. You certainly can dry it in the dryer but I prefer to air dry.  Once it is dry, have fun and get to stitching with your one of a kind floss.

This is just one way to dye floss. You can use natural dyes or different foods to obtain a spectrum of colors. The only thing stopping you is your imagination!


Close up on what the final product looked like all stitched up
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Lounging Nook on: September 07, 2014 04:13:57 PM


Front view


I told my husband that I wanted a fort in my craft room. After I sat through his giggles, he said he thought it was a neat idea. My first thought was to build a teepee and I even found some cool curtains to use but then when I got home and realized that my ceiling was too low and the slope was too much. I decided to build a nook instead.

I went around town and found some pallets, sanded them down and then went to the home improvement store and bought two foam mattresses. I had a feather mattress and put that on top. The foam and the mattress are a little shorter than the pallets so I also made a place for a light, books and pictures.

For the curtains, I used bamboo that we had in our yard. Each year we thin it out and save the canes to dry. It was perfect for this. The curtains went up and the lace is vintage along with the hankies.

The hoop was from an old table cloth  I found that was completely destroyed except for the embroidery.

I love it! I can hang out, drink some tea, stitch, listening to old radio show and have the pups up to snuggle or just have some "me" time.

3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Vintage Halloween Swap 2014 Sign up: 9/5-9/12. Send Out: 10/13 on: September 05, 2014 08:26:28 AM


Swap name:Vintage Halloween Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kittykill,
Sign-up date range:9/5-9-12/2014
Date to send item by:10/13/2014

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):nope

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


***********************************************************************************
Details of swap:

It's back! Like a spirit in the night that just won't go away, the vintage Halloween swap is back for another round. Come all you guys and gouls...come celebrate our favorite time of year with some spooky crafting. It will be simply dismal (okay, I should really stop listening to the goth music while typing this out). Come play with us...forever, and ever, and ever!  Tongue

You will need to craft ONE MEDIUM ITEM


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
What are your favorite Halloween things? (pumpkins,trick or treaters,cats,bats,colors,etc.)
What year vintage holloween do you like? Victorian? 1940s? 1980s?
What types of things are you interested in making?
I would love to have this.
I would scream in fear if I got this, so please dont send it to me
Allergies:
Favorite colors:
Least favorite colors:
Do you like cute, creepy or scary Halloween?
Are you willing to check in every week and thank you partner in the gallery?
Let your partner know a little bit about yourself! Style, favorite things, are you a vintage collector, pinterest or blog links.

preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', '____________________________________________________________________________________________')
Participants:
kittykill
holistic knitter
cabaute
KarenLouiseM
The Raging Sloth
irid3sc3nt
rockingbearranch
I Sew Cute
SonjaBoo
kiimmmmyy
stitchzBstitchz
whenindoubtsew
Ludi
La Chapa
gotgrey
beeker


Partners:
kittykill-Ludi
cabaute-gotgrey
Sonjaboo-StitchzBstitchz
I Sew Cute-RockingbearRanch
La Chapa-The Raging Sloth
holistic knitter-KarenLouiseM
Beeker-Kiimmmmyy
whenindoubtsew-irid3sc3nt

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Vintage Halloween Swap...AWWWW YEAH! on: August 19, 2014 12:56:00 PM
Who is up for the Vintage Halloween swap this year?
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing Wish Swap 106 Gallery on: August 14, 2014 08:34:12 AM
Post your goodies here!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rabbit Heart Girl on: August 13, 2014 03:05:07 PM
I have been dying to stitch this up and this month's Hoopla Along was the perfect time to do it. It is a pattern from Cherry and Cinnamon entitled Rabbit Heart Girl.

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ongoing Wish Swap Round 106 Discussion Board on: August 04, 2014 09:52:16 AM
Round 106 has begun!

Check it out HERE!
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Ongoing Wish Swap Round 106 08/04/2014-09/04/2014 on: August 04, 2014 09:49:15 AM
Swap name: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 106
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kittykill
Sign-up date range: 08/04/2014-09/04/2014
Claim date range 08/04/2014-09/04/2014
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after the date of the claim

Limited to a certain number of people? No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Details of swap:

This is an ongoing swap: Claim an item from the list of the last person who posted and post your own list in response. It makes a chain. When we get to the end of the month, the very last person to post a list will be the first person to post a list at the beginning of the next month.

The size of the package should be a medium item. This means 2 or more crafting hours ( this is not cooking time, drying time, etc.. waiting around for something to set up.......it is craft time for the average crafter) or supplies worth at least $20.



If you want to participate, information to send to the organizer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 106
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (If not, please read carefully to be sure you do not claim someone outside your country)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Do you understand that you are claiming for at least a medium sized item? For this swap a medium sized item means 2 or more crafting hours or over $20 worth of supplies.
Are you a Friend of Craftster?
How many claims are you allowed?

Do you understand that you should post at least once in the discussion thread?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO  THE ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Do not post in this thread until you are ready to make a claim. All discussion needs to be kept in the discussion thread. Please post at least once in the discussion thread.

When you PM the organizer for sending and receiving please include the name of the swap (including the round) and the due date of the claim.  
I.E.  Sally ----> Suzy for a pink pony saddle due out Jan 1

Please pay close attention to your partners wish list and allergies, likes, dislikes etc. Make sure your own allergy information and your country are prominently displayed in your post.

Do not claim someone while waiting for approval. You may claim as soon as you get approval confirmation.

Have your list including both 15 medium crafted items AND 15 supply items ready before making your first claim (the more you have, the better your chance of getting claimed quickly).

Please include your claims status: How many claims you have made in total, how many are in transit and how many have been received by their intended recipients. i.e/ 4 claims/1 in transit/2 received.

Unsent Claim Limit:
Friend of Craftster: Three
First-Time Swapper: One
Everyone Else: Two

You may claim again once you have shipped a claim but you can not have more than twice your Unsent Claim Limit outstanding at any one time.

If you are a friend of craftster you can have 3 unsent claims open at a time and no more than 6 total claims open (open meaning in transit as well as not yet sent) no matter how many have been posted. As an example, You claim 3 times, send all 3 packages, then claim 3 more times. Even when you send any or even all of those 3 claims, you can not claim again until a claim has been received. So a person can be 6 claims/3 in transit/0 received. Or 6/6/0 or 8/5/2 or 7/5/1.

If you are not a friend of craftster, you can have at most 2 claims unsent and 4 claims total between unsent and in transit. So 4/2/0 is okay or 5/3/1 or 6/4/2

If this is your first swap, You can have at most one claim in transit and one claim unsent. 2/1/0, 2/2/0, 3/1/1

Please keep in mind that DC#'s are required for all US to US packages and receipts are required for all international packages. If you can not provide a receipt and the package does not arrive you will need to resend the package.


GALLERY!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435120.0#axzz3ANgMhDPd
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bloom Where You Are Planted Skeleton on: July 20, 2014 10:05:23 AM
I stitched this up a as thank you for my Halloween in June partner. She totally spoiled me so I had to send her a little something! I decided to put a doily behind it to look more like spider webs.



Close up of stitching
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ongoing Needlework Inchie Swap on: July 02, 2014 08:37:36 PM
We were talking about an ongoing inchie swap over on the twinches swap thread. Here are some thoughts that I have about it.

We run it like the ongoing wish swap. You basically swap for the person above you. You can jump in at any time. FOC will have three picks, regular members will have two and newbies will have one. You have two weeks to ship out. In your post you would give a little bio about yourself and then list at least 10 ideas someone can choose from for stitching.

I hope this makes sense. Does anyone else have ideas?
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