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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Narnia Swap on: July 14, 2014 06:50:46 AM

Hey everyone! Is anyone interested in doing a Narnia swap? During my time on Crafster, I've never actually seen one. I love C.S. Lewis and all the stories/movies that take place in Narnia. My question is if anyone would be interested in joining a Swap on it? Any movie or book involving Narnia would be acceptable.

I would think a 4 point swap (Which means a swap with any of the following combinations: one medium two smalls, two mediums, one large and one small.) Though I'm open to anything! Would anyone be interested?

Happy crafting!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Middle Earth Map Hoop on: July 14, 2014 06:36:11 AM
I adore Tolkien, and all things Middle Earth. One of my favorite things in the world of Middle Earth are the maps. I adore maps in general, but I really love the ones Tolkien made.

So, for the Tolkien swap, I made my partner a map of the Shire.

Here are a few detail shots

I made the trees out of very loose french knots, because I am not very good at circles. They usually look bizarre.

It was a lot of fun. I'm thinking of making a grid of hoops for another map. Maybe even one of Narnia.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Middle Earth Swap Gallery on: July 09, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Middle Earth Swap Gallery!

Original thread

Welcome to the gallery for the Middle Earth Swap. Post all your awesome goodies here.


Sylvan <->NathanielM93
spikefan <-> trisarose
chase_acow <-> ErinGoCraft
calixita <-> WeeFreeRhie
Audania1 <->arwenjade
mrraawwr <->Samsara
My_RubySlippers <-> Wizards_Pupil
Rae-mazing <-> Averia
Anarchy Cupcakes <-> 3200Runner

Sending late with communication
Sent and Received
PM Organizer immediately
Feedback given
4  COOKING / Dessert / Apple Pie on: June 26, 2014 10:32:02 AM
I love apple pie, but I hate mushy apple pie. That started me on a long quest to find the best apples for pie and I tried a large variation of failed pies. Finally, I found an excellent mix. This, to me, makes the perfect texture for a pie. Fuji and Braeburns aren't too sweet and they don't turn grainy when baked.

(sadly I don't have a picture of a slice. My housemates descended on it before I could get one.)

Cook time
35 mins
8 (or so)
Oven temp:
425 f. (Preheat the oven!)
1 package pie crust, or 1 pie crust recipe. You'll need enough for two crusts.
2-3 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2-3 Braeburn apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
3 tbsp lemon juice
⅓ cup sugar
⅓ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup flour
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tbsp butter
1 egg + 2 tbsp water, whisked together (this will be an egg wash for the top crust)

Roll out on pie crust and press it into a greased pie dish. Allow any excess to hang over, you'll need it later. Stick it in the fridge to chill for a bit while you work on everything else.
Now, in a large bowl (because you're going to need to get in and mix a lot of things and will want some room to groove) toss your apples slices with lemon juice. It adds a little flavor and makes certain that they don't go all brown.

Add your sugars, flour, and spices to the bowl with your apples. You can 'toss' to coat, but I find it easier to just go at it with my hands. Once everything is fairly well mixed pour it into your chilled pie crust.
Cut your butter into small cubes and sprinkle it over the apple filling. Set that aside and roll out your remaining crust.

This is where you can have fun. You can go with the lattice work like I did, or do something completely different. Whether that's cutting slits through the crust so it looks like the center of an apple, or anything else. Have fun with it Smiley If it messes up just roll it back out and try again.

If you do the lattice like me, you'll want a pizza cutter and something to help you cut straight. I keep mine about an inch wide, and 3/4 in apart. you'll want to lay down a layer of strips all in one direction, and seal them ONLY ON ONE SIDE!!! Then start laying another series of strips perpendicular to the first layer of strips. You'll want to weave those strips under, and over the other one. Alternate with the next strip to make the lattice effect.

For example: Row one started under, and then went over. Row two would start over and then go under.

Once you're done, press the ends to the pie crust to seal the layers together. Trim anything that is still hanging around and crimp those edges together.

Brush the top with your egg wash and, if you have one, put a pie crust shield on it. I don't have one so I just pop it in the oven.  To bake for 30-35 minutes, or until top is golden brown and juices are bubbling.

Let it cool for another 30 minutes and then serve. I like it best with ice cream, but my sister adores whip cream with it.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Alice In Wonderland Hoop on: June 13, 2014 06:05:50 PM

I adore Alice in Wonderland, and this is one of my favorite quotes. I based it off a beautiful image that's on my pinterest.

Here are a few detail shots of it.

Thanks for looking!
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Middle Earth Swap Sign-ups 6/1 6/11 SO 7/18 on: June 01, 2014 10:17:04 AM

Swap Gallery

Swap name: Middle Earth Swap

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wizards_Pupil
Sign-up date range: June 1st- June 11th
Date to send item by: July 18th

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

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

Additional Age requirement? The Craftster swap age requirement

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:2nd one
- 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:

All Tolkien and Middle Earth fans are welcome for this swap!

Love the world of Middle Earth? (Be it books or films) Can't get enough of it? Do words like Gondor, wizards, hobbits, and Silmaril get you excited? Then this swap is for you! Open for all books and films portraying the wonderful world that Tolkien created.

This will be a 4 POINT swap! You will be required to craft at least ONE LARGE or ONE MEDIUM item. The point scale is: Large=3, Medium=2, Small=1. If you make a large item, you need a small to go with it to reach the four points. If you make a medium, you need another medium, or two smalls to go with it.

THIS IS AN "ANY ART GOES" SWAP!! You can use any medium you like to craft for this swap. Painting/drawing, amigurumi/stuffies, quilts, embroidery, mixed media, ATC collage, jewelry design, Scrap booking, knit/crochet etc. Just make sure it fits your partner's taste.

Extras may be sent between partners but BOTH MUST AGREE TO THIS!! No one wants to feel bad for getting a boatload of extras but not sending any

- You must post in this thread at least once a week.
- You must post in this thread before you can join the swap.
- All announcements will be made here so please bookmark this page
- Please try to create a package that you are proud of and you think your partner will enjoy receiving – do some research!
- Remember to take pictures, just in case your partner is unable to.
- Keep your receipts and tracking numbers
- Make sure you PM the organizer and your partner when you send and receive
- PM organizer with any other problems right away!

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

Name of swap: Middle Earth  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?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have pets?
Are you allergic to anything?

Favorite Film:
Favorite Elf:
Favorite Hobbit:
Favorite Dwarf:
Favorite Human:
Favorite other creature:
Favorite Book:
Favorite Realm:
Favorite language:
Which side are you on? Good or Evil:
What race would you be:
Favorite quotes:
Characters you dislike:
What books have you read or films have you seen?

Anything you'd especially like to receive?
Anything you really DON'T want to receive?
What crafts can you do? (i.e. sewing, knitting)
What crafts do you admire? (i.e. sewing, knitting)
Favorite colors:
Colors you dislike:
What Tolkien related things do you already have?

What is your... (list only what you would like to receive)
shirt/tee size?
shoe size?
preferred bracelet length?
preferred necklace length?
preferred bag/tote/purse size? (small, medium, large)

Are you interested in crafting extras (you must agree to any more crafting with your partner)?
Do you have a pinterest or website that you would like to show your partner? Please list the links here:
Is there anything else you would like your partner or the organizer to know?


Please send questionnaires to Wizards_Pupil with 'Tolkien swap questionnaire' in the title.


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

Elf, Hobbit, Dwarf, Dragon, Human, Wizard, Ent

1. Wizards_Pupil
2. mrraawwr
3. NathanielM93
4. ErinGoCraft
5. Averia
6. Samsara
7. Rae-mazing
8. chase_acow
9. trisarose
10. My_Ruby_Slippers
11. WeeFreeRhie
12. Sylvan
13. Audania1
14. calixita
15. spikefan
16. Arwenjade
17. AnarchyCupcakes
18. 3200Runner


Sylvan <->NathanielM93
spikefan <-> trisarose
chase_acow <-> ErinGoCraft
calixita <-> WeeFreeRhie
Audania1 <->arwenjade
mrraawwr <->Samsara
My_Ruby_Slippers <-> Wizards_Pupil
Rae-mazing <-> Averia
Anarchy Cupcakes <-> 3200Runner

Sending late with communication
Sent and Received
PM Organizer immediately
Feedback given
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / In a Hole in the Ground on: May 30, 2014 05:49:50 AM
In preparation of the Tolkien swap opening on June 1st I made a hobbit based hoop.

I adore all things Tolkien and I have recently moved to a new location. I have a ton of bare walls in my new abode and I'm tired of staring at all the blank.

So I spent the last week stitching like mad. I saw the image this is based off of online but could not find it again to save my life so it's mostly done from memory.

I don't do a lot of embroidery. The only stitch I've really used is a split stitch before this piece. It has several flaws, but it was great practice and I really like the finished piece.

Here's a more detailed shot:

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Gandalf the Grey in Moria on: May 28, 2014 05:49:10 AM
So, there is going to be a Tolkien Swap in June (sign ups start in a week) and I decided to marathon Lord of the Rings over the long weekend.

This is the first detailed portrait I've done in a while. I adore the moment in Fellowship of the Ring when Gandalf says the famous 'All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.' I paused the movie and sketched the moment.

The quality is a little iffy because I'm using a phone camera since my scanner died last year. Sad Still, I'm quite happy with it.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Tolkien / Middle Earth Swap? on: May 10, 2014 08:42:30 AM

So, I have managed to miss every single Tolkien related swap on Crafster. I love Middle Earth and all the stories/movies that take place in it. My question is if anyone would be interested in joining a Tolkien/Middle Earth/Lotr/Hobbit Swap? Any movie or book involving Middle Earth would be acceptable.

I would think a 4 point swap or a swap with any of the following combinations: one medium two smalls, two mediums, one large and one small. Though I'm open to suggestions in that area. Would anyone be interested?

Happy crafting!

Interested crafters:

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bofur Fingerless glove pattern on: January 21, 2014 09:04:22 AM
So, I adore this guy right here:

James Nesbitt places Bofur the dwarf beautifully and manages to give him a sparkle of mischief and optimism that makes the Hobbit movies a lot more fun in my opinion.  He has an awesome pair of hand warmers that he wears, but, alas, they're knit. I only crochet so I decided to try and convert the seed stitch pattern to one that I could crochet.

Here is the result:

This was a lot of trial and error but it worked up fairly quickly once I figured out the stitch. The pattern is untested, so if you find an error, let me know Smiley This pattern is worked from the bottom up and is one solid piece. I used a medium gray worsted weight yarn for this, and a size H hook. Don't make your stitches to tight. You'll need three stitch markers for this as well. The glove is able to be worn on the right or left hand so make two of this pattern.

Bofur Fingerless gloves:

Your seed stitch pattern: odd rows: sc in st, dc in nxt st. Repeat that alternation the entire round. Even rows: dc in st, sc in nxt st. Repeat that alternation the entire round. You will master this stitch by the end. It creates a neat bumpy look like the knitted seed stitch.

Start: Chain 27 (if you need more keep the stitch count odd) sc in first chain so that you have a circle. Put a stitch marker there. You'll move it to the last stitch after each round is completed.

Rw 1: sc in each stitch.

Rw 2: dc in 1st st, sc in next st, sc in nxt st, seed stitch the remaining stitches. Move stitch marker to last stitch.

Rw 3: sc in 1st st, dc in nxt st, seed stitch all the way around the row.

Rw 4-16: repeat Rw 2 and 3. NOTE: if you want a shorter glove, just cut out a few rows here. End on an even count though, or you'll have to switch stitches.

Rw 17: start of the thumb. sc in 1st st, dc and sc in nxt st. Place stitch marker in the dc just made. dc in nxt st, sc and dc in nxt st. Place stitch marker in that stitch. Repeat seed stitch pattern around.

Rw 18: dc in 1st st, sc and dc in marked st,  place marker in sc just made, sc, dc, sc, dc and sc in nxt st, place marker in sc just made. repeat seed stitch pattern around.

Rw 19: sc in 1st st, dc and sc in marked st, place marker in dc just made. dc, sc, dc, sc, dc. sc and dc in nxt st, place marker in dc just made. Repeat seed stitch pattern around.

Rw 20-23: seed stitch all around. place markers in marked stitch.

Rw 24: dc in 1st st, ch 2, sc in 2nd marched st. this will leave you a fairly large hole, this is where your thumb will go. you can remove the two stitch markers now. DO NOT TAKE OFF THE MAKER THAT IS MARKING THE START OF YOUR ROUND! continue in seed stitch to the end of the round. You'll have 29 stitches (counting the 2 you chained.)

Rw 25: Seed stitch around.

Rw 26-29: Seed stitch around.

Rw 30: sc in first st, sl-st in next four stitches. Cut your yarn and fasten off. weave the tail back through the slip stitches.

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