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1  Re: Terry Pratchett tribute swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: July 16, 2015 11:52:44 AM
finally the post gods have delivered, I finally got my package from slothy. She sent it 6 weeks ago, I think it took the long way around the world. But it was really really worth the wait. I got completely spoiled

She sent me this great box of dried frog pills, with the most delicious frog pills inside (allegedly cider candy..omg soo good)

Also this fabulous wine carrier, this is excellent and I love the fabric, so cool and this will be really useful.

Check out not just one but two great tee-shirts. I actually was just listening to lords and ladies on audio book in the car before I collected this parcel, so this is perfect. I love the witches!!

Also there was two lovely jars of home made jam (jelly), a dutch apple butter and a luscious pineapple one..NOM!

and the piece de resistance, this amazing throw pillow, With brilliant cross stitch. She also choose fabrics appropriate to the individual witches, hedgehog, cats and the crazy colours for magrat

Totally worth the wait. Thank you so much sloth

and thank you all for making this a great, flake free swap. Everyone should have all their feedback up to date, please let me know if there are any problems.
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2  lino cut on fabric, all over repeat mushrooms.. in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by edelC on: July 13, 2015 12:54:01 PM
So it was time for another lino cutting session, I have done a bit of research and worked out how to plan an all over repeat, one that continues on all side of the block. I know how to do it, but the execution needs a little practice. However I am happy with how it turned out.

Normal people choose a simple design to workout the bugs. Nah..I choose a ridiculously complicated one and eyeballed the registration,

still I like it

The first one in plain black

the second was the mix of red and black above, with a little hand colouring of the tops of the mushrooms

the final one was just using up red ink, hence the fade out at the bottom corner.

These are speedball screen printing fabric paints on an old thrift store cotton sheet.

close up of the design

No idea what I will do with the fabric now.
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3  Re: OMG - I need a drink swap GALLERY (send outs July 10) in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: July 13, 2015 04:55:37 AM
Those glasses are awesome, lovely to see some spoilage going on in the thread.

Unfortunately I haven't heard from my partner in a while, I assume life has her in a chokehold at the moment, sadly I didn't take pictures of everything I sent her, but I have these two.

I did some lino cutting to print up some fabric, I made her a bar apron, nice and big to catch all spills, here modelled by my DD, the pocket on the front of the fabric is hand printed with lino cuts of drinks.

A ffabric pieced zippered pouch, this is about 8" long, also printed.


As an aside, i really like how the prints came out on this, the overlay of images has a sort of 70s vibe to my eyes.


There was also a set of drinks coasters, all shades of similar colours, finished off with bias tape and also hand printed with cocktail images. Unfortunately I didn't take a photo of that. My partner likes soft autumnal colours and greens, so all of the items were in these colours.

A few extras include some paper straws and cocktail pics and also some of our favourite cocktail recipes.
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4  Re: I Love Musicals Swap -Signup thru June 29; sendout July 29 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by edelC on: July 01, 2015 04:08:47 AM
Great partnering...This will be a fun swap to craft for, even though the items that I receive will be for my daughter(she is 20) she will be thrilled.

come with me on a tour of her bedroom, so you can see what I mean


these are all publicity posters for the west end shows, you used to be able to buy them at a theatre shop there, now closed, so she has had to go and ask politely at one or two business around the west end for the ones that the theatres had on their walls for advertising..The wait (for hours!) at stage doors for autographs, the mormon one is signed by the original west end cast.

head of her bed

another wall, she is starting a collection of orginal soundtracks on LP, found in thrift shops.

and more!

she is obsessed!

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5  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: July 01, 2015 04:02:29 AM
Found this vintage wool among some crochet samples from my Grandma.  It looks a bit moth-eaten, and I'm hesitant to start unwinding it.  I guess I think it might all come away as bits and pieces in my hands.

Anybody want to throw out some wild suggestions for what I should do with it?

OMG you should immediately send me the label, I love it, but then I realised that the brand is actually my surname, for real!
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6  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: June 19, 2015 07:40:53 AM
Those flip flops make me wish I wore flip flops! (I can't deal with things between my toes.... weird, right?) I have so many beads and charms and don't know what to do with them. Hmmmm!

You could use the same technique for regular sandals, And use up a ton of cute beads and charms in the process

I destashed, two jersey dresses that were in my craft room, as I liked the fabric, instead I made two dresses into one (and a tute, for the curvaceous women out there). http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439686.0

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7  quick and dirty, make a new dress out of two small (thrift shop) ones-Tute in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by edelC on: June 19, 2015 07:30:49 AM
I have these two dresses in my stash, both I really like, neither of them fit, I knew they weren't going to fit when I bought them, I got them in a thrift shop for about a total of $10. So today I pulled out my stash of burda magazines as I had decided that I needed a new dress, but none of the patterns were exactly right. But I was going to modify one, then I spotted these and thought, *feck making a new one* do something with these.

so I did. I made this and while I was making it, I did a tutorial.

A few things to pay attention to while doing this, and it can be done for most dresses.
1-Make sure the fabrics are similar weights and similar stretchiness, for bonus points, similar fibre types.
2-If possible choose two dresses that have the same length side seam, this is not essential, but makes things go a lot faster.
3-you don't have to match patterns or colours exactly, if you use a dark solid colour, it will give the illusion of being slimmer, if that is what you want.

Steps to merge two dresses.
A-Decide which is going to be the main dress, which the sacrificial one. I love a wrap dress and the swirly one (great pattern for lumps and bumps) was my main one. I also like the blue one, but it was clearly made for a waif, so the amount of fabric I would have to put into the side seams would look odd.

B- cut off the side seams of the sacrificial dress (giving a nice clean edge to sew with) With this dress, there were a few darts, so pin them, to stop them opening up before you sew the side seams again.

C-You need to measure you and measure the main dress, to decide how much of the side of the sacrificial dress to add in. I matched the armholes and the hem and angled it out a bit (the tape measure shows the side seam on the blue dress), this meant that I didn't have to redo either (quick and dirty!) plus this is a stretch fabric, so very forgiving, you will have to measure more carefully in a non stretch fabric.

D. Cut the required piece out of the sacrificial dress, This can be a wedge as in my pix, as I wanted a fuller skirt, or it can be pretty much a rectangle, or even an hourglass shape, depending on your shape, measure bust, waist and hips of the main dress and you. I am lazy so I eyeballed it and cut down the side of the sacrificial dress (jersey is forgiving!) I Folded that piece over on itself and cut a second time, to give a wedge shaped piece. The blue dress that I sacrificed had a brown band, so I kept that in to define the waistline

E Pin and sew into the main dress.

Some things to remember as you sew

-if your sacrifical dress is shorter than the main dress, you will have to cut a panel from the back of the dress, remember to add half an inch or so to turn over at the armhole and the hem.

-Modern sewing machines wil stretch stitch on my machine, it means that the seams when sewn also have stretch, when you are sewing them, it helps to have a walking foot, But do not stretch the fabric as you are sewing, I push the fabric towards the needle so there is a little hill before it hits the needle. If you stretch as you sew, the seams will be distorted.

-The weight of the fabric off the table before it hits the needle can also distort the seams, so it helps to pin the sides together along the length and support as much of the fabric on the sewing table as possible.
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8  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: June 18, 2015 04:12:30 PM
I destashed some beads. gussied up these cheap flipflops.

I love them and they are coming on holiday with me.. They have their own thread and a tutorial
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9  How to make a cheap pair of flipflops look pretty with beads..Tutorial in Shoes: Completed Projects by edelC on: June 18, 2015 03:59:27 PM
I was shopping today and saw very pretty beaded flipflops in Monsoon, for about 50euro (about $50) so I went to a cheap shoe shop and bought a pair of plain ones for 5..that and a handful of beads and about half an hour to make these.

this is how they looked to start. Just make sure that as well as cheap. they are comfortable!

So how to do it. Use dental floss, strong, cheap, no special trip to the craft store and you can knot it properly. First thing to do is take about a yard or so, double it up and thread both ends through a standard sewing needle-my flip flops had a softish rubber 'straps' so a regular sewing needle was fine, you might need something sturdier.

start at the end of one strap, working from the top, push the needle through, this will leave the double end of the thread at the top, bring the needle back up through the strap and pass it through the loop of the dental floss, pull tight. This will secure it without any knots.

then thread some beads on. Once you have beaded an inch or so, secure it by pushing the needle through the strap and back up again.
When you come back to the topside of the strap, pass the floss a second time through a bead that is already threaded, this will make it extra secure. Continue beading all around the band, use a nice big pretty bead at the aapex (ie at the bit that goes through your toes). Secure the beads every inch or so by stitching through the band.

Remember in general to use beads going from smaller at the sides to larger at the apex.

I added a second string of beads at the apex, as there was already a shiny plastic bead there and it needed something more, I also added a dangly charm.

When you have worked your way from the apex to the end of the strap, secure the last bead by going through the strap and back up again. Then take one of the threads out of the needle, bring that through either the band again, or a bead and tie a secure double knot with the other piece of floss. Cut the ends to about an inch, thread them through the beads to neaten.

I used a piece of sandpaper to rub off the printed size..Taking these to France with me Smiley

wear and enjoy
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10  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 7 (S/U CLOSED; S/O Sept. 17 or 21) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by edelC on: June 18, 2015 02:40:07 PM
I really hope my partner wants sewn items.

Oh I do!!..lusting after that fabric
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