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1  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: July 28, 2014 12:15:56 PM
I agree--any excuse to put a bird on a project would make me happy!

I really admire you hoopla people!  So creative and skilled...love the words and the goose!  The wings are fabulous....

I have nothing to show yet except two more fabric pages I did.

A couple of birdhouses:

I knitted an "easy" baby hat that occupied my obsessive self all weekend...I was not going to let the knitting defeat me, but as soon as I finished the hat, I threw away the pattern...it was not "easy"... Grin

This obsession kept me from dyeing any more fabric, so that will be tonight's project! Grin
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2  Re: hat a-long 14 in 2014 in Knitalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: July 25, 2014 05:24:00 PM
I did these stacked hats a couple of months ago but forgot to list them.  This is really a heavy hat since it slouches down...I like the look...it reminds me of cinnamon rolls for some reason Grin.

Stacked on Ravelry

Here is what they look like flat and then all scrunched up...it is a big difference!

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3  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: July 25, 2014 04:30:32 PM
You cut those letters by hand?  wow...I love the saying and your stencil is so nice and neat!

Sheepblue...I will take pics for a simple tutorial this weekend...I have much dyeing to do! Grin

Here is one of the things I made with my little experimental piece of fabric.  It is a fabric journal page for the current swap:

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4  Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap RD 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by alwaysinmyroom on: July 25, 2014 01:57:42 PM
Pioneer9 let me know that she received my pages!  Since she can't post pics, I am going to put up the scans I took before I sent.

This was inspired by something I saw on her pinterest. A house with words...she had also said that she liked some of the thread painted flowers I did in the previous swap, so I had to add a few of those.  The back is a batik fabric and the front is all batik scraps plus some paper...so it is a pabric page! Grin

The second one uses the fabric I dyed using the Japanese shibori technique of wrapping cord around the fabric while it is on a tube.  I used some of the cord as well.  I kept it simple because I thought the fabric should be the star of the show.

glad you liked them, pioneer9!
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5  Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2014 in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: July 25, 2014 07:15:23 AM

SWAP JUNKIES--We Want A Double Rainbow of Goodies!

I am restarting this craftalong because there are just too many swaps that many of us can't join but we want to craft!!!

This is a craftalong for swap junkies.

Do you love swapping?  Do you love getting inspired by swap themes?  Do you maybe get more done with a deadline?


Are you trying to save money? (shipping is pricey!), or maybe you love a theme, but you want to make certain items?  

Whatever your reasons, feel free to join up!
In this craftalong we will be "fake-joining" swaps that are current.  Then we will craft along the parameters of the swap, and at the end of the swap period we will give ourselves the things we have made!

For example...(fake example)
I want to join the Carnivorous Plant swap, but I don't have a lot of money for shipping this month, and I really want a mug rug embroidered with a plant , so I'm going to fake swap.

I will post in this thread like this:

My name is alwaysinmyroom
I am joining the Carnivorous Plant Swap.
I will make 1 mug rug for this swap
It is due by September 15, 2014.

And now I'm signed up!

I am organizing this fake swap, so I'll keep track of all the participants, and send out reminders when people's swaps are almost due.  When you have finished your item(s), please post here gallery style, so we can all congratulate you!!

Just to be clear, you can sign up here to fake-participate in ANY swap...and I'll let you fake-join up to 5 fake-swaps.

Please, only sign up if you are serious about completing the swaps.  I understand that life happens, but I'll take time every day (or 2 or 3) to update everything, so please don't sign up if you're not going to try, you know?



organized by due dates:

surreal<--->surreal Whimsical Shrine Swap due 8/11/14

artsycandice<---> Crafted Notecards Swap due 8/15/14

Ludi<--->Ludi Summer Nerd Games 2014 due 8/23/14

mama24boyz<--->mama24boyz       Disney Swap due 8/29/14

alwaysinmyroom<--->alwaysinmyroom     Frugal Living Swap due 9/8/14
lady4feet<--->lady4feet                      Frugal Living Swap due 9/8/14
yoopidou<--->yoopidou                       Frugal Lving Swap due 9/8/14

Susuwatari<--->Susuwatari Carnivorous Plant Swap due 9/15/14

artsycandice<--->artsycandice      Quilt Block Swap due 10/20/14
Kookaloo_Star<--->Kookaloo_Star   Quilt Block Swap due 10/20/14

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6  Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap RD 3 Send out July 22 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by alwaysinmyroom on: July 25, 2014 06:12:44 AM
I have not done a reverse applique in a while...I forget how wonderful it is.  I also love the colorful regular appliques done by the Cuna Indians in the San Blas islands...here is one I just framed for a friend:

I think you will enjoy this technique a lot...it just takes practice so feel free to send me any practice pages... Grin.
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7  Scarf to use up sock yarn leftovers! in Knitting: Completed Projects by alwaysinmyroom on: July 23, 2014 07:22:51 AM
My buddy jemimah posted a scarf she made using this pattern:


I thought it was a great way to use up those pesky little bits of sock yarn left over from last year's sock knitting binge!  I used two solids and one variegated balls.  I just knit randomly until I ran out of the solids...I still have a small bit of the variegated yarn, so I am going to use a different color scheme...more purples next time...so much fun!

I love this pattern!  The scarf is lighweight, can be made longer, wider, etc. The only part I hated was weaving in all the ends from the color changes, but it was worth it!

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8  Re: hat a-long 14 in 2014 in Knitalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: July 23, 2014 06:33:57 AM
I made two knitted loom hats, only because I made a mistake ordering some yarn for slippers and had 8 skeins left over...Grin.  I will be using the rest to make the Bumblebee Stitch hat for babies.

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9  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: July 23, 2014 06:25:55 AM
oh wow!  Your blanket turned out beautiful!  I love that pattern because you can mix all sizes of squares depending on the size of your yarn ball!  Great way to use up stash!

Those purses are so cute!

I "accidentally" bought the wrong quantity of yarn to make a very simple crochet project (I read the directions incorrectly!)...so, I had about, well, exactly 8 skeins left over...yeah, that bad!

I decided to make a few hats on the loom to donate this fall/winter.  I'll be using most of the rest to make some baby hats. I mostly have that green and blue left...ugh--I am going to hate those colors by the time I am done! Grin

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10  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: July 23, 2014 06:13:35 AM
crazyda79--that haunted house hoop is my favorite...but how did you do the dog hoop?  It looks like a dot painting!

Aww thanks.  The fabric had those dots on it and they just turned the colors from the markers.  They were just fabric markers that I traced the pictures onto it with.

Thanks...what a great idea...I am going to see if I have any dot fabric to try that out...I love it!

Well, here is a picture of my fabric using the shibori technique:  basically, you take your fabric, wrap it around some PVC pipe with cotton cord, scrunch it together, and drop it in dye.  I just put the end in the dye and let it soak upward for an ombre effect...really there are zillions of designs and ways to get different patterns.

And bonus--even the cord is nice to use in projects!  You can use ribbon as well...I will be trying that out.

I use Rit dye for my practice run, but I actually bought real indigo dye to use now that I sort of know what I am doing! Grin

Look for overuse of this technique over the next few months...I have lots of projects planned! ha
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