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1  Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 1 (July 29- September 30, 2015) in Craft Swaps by craftADDchick on: July 29, 2015 01:41:33 PM



PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU READ THE WHOLE POST BEFORE JOINING THE SWAP.



DISCUSSION THREAD
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439961.0

SWAP INFO
Swap name:  Ongoing Yet Another Teesha Moore Patch Swap Round 1
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick and Watsonc7
Sign-up date range: July 29, 2015 - September 30, 2015
Date to send item by: 14 days from the day you claim (this starts on the day you claim NOT the next day!)
Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO (if you do not wish to send out of the country, please check the country before making a claim)
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

DETAILS OF SWAP:
This is an ongoing version of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. For this round, you are limited to 1 open claim at a time, but once your partner has received, you may make another claim. The last person who makes a claim in this round will be the first person to post a list in the next round. See additional details below:
Claims:
-You can not make a claim until you have been approved for the swap.
-You can only make a claim from the last list that has been posted.
- For the first round, you are limited to 1 open claim at a time (an open claim is one that has not been received)
- Each claim is for 2 patches
-You must PM the organizers when you have made a claim
- You will have 14 days from the date of your claim to send your patches (this starts on the day you make your claim)
- You must send the tracking # and/or customs numbers to organizers when sending.
- Once your partner has received, you may make an additional claim

Communication:
Communication is the key to the success of this swap! Please do the following with all PMs:
1. Include craftADDchick and Watsonc7 in all PMs
2. Use the appropriate subject line in your PMs:
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Approval
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Claim Made
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Sent
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Received
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Question

Additional Information:
There are lots of inspirational patches from previous swaps, so check out some of the galleries here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439296.0 (Yet Another TM Patch Swap R5!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437989.0 (Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436180.0 (Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434712.0#axzz37wXpySPV (Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.#axzz2yLfpYtaO (Yet Another TM Patch Swap!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407645.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402089.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426480.0#axzz2bcdxNvuF

IF your are new to making patches, here are some links to Teesha Moore's own video tutorials showing you her techniques. You won't want to miss these.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cm4RoEsgl0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt49UgGzy6k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=246iSNnS8So
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njd3J7ttslQ


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer for approval (please use the appropriate heading in the subject line: Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Approval0

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 1
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (please put it in the proper format for mailing to your country):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Have you read the Swap Guidelines and understand how this swap works?
Are you willing to send at least 2 patches per claim? (If not then you will not be approved )
This next section is what you will also post on the thread, after you have been approved
Country (Do not claim outside of your country unless you are willing to ship to another country):
List at least four themes to inspire your partner: (Some themes from previous swaps were the beach, peace and love, buttons, rainbows, DOTD, trees and nature, literature, stripes and polkadots, craftster's choice.)
List peferred size range, if you have one:
Preferred colors, if any:
Are there any colors or themes you really don't want to receive?
Are odd shapes desireable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or WIST site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZERS 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.


HOW THIS SWAP WORKS:

CLAIMING
1. Claims are made using the following procedure:

Person A (the swap organizer) will begin the swap by posting a list of themes in this swap thread.
Person B will choose a theme from one of A's themes and make a claim by posting his/her own list (see below for formatting of post).
Person C will make a claim on one of B's themes and post his/her own list.
Person D will make a claim on one of C's themes and post his/her own list etc...

This continues through the end of the swap period, when the swap organizer closes out the claiming part of the swap and continues this swap in the next round starting in the next month.

2. How to make a claim:
A claim post should include the following information:
1. The theme you are choosing and who youre sending it to.
2. The send by date (two weeks from the date the claim is made)
3. The following information from your questionnaire:
   A. Country
   B. Themes
   C. Preferred size (if any)
   D. Preferred colors (if any)
   E. Themes, colors, shapes you do or do not wish to receive
   F. Link(s) to Pinterest, Wist, or websites that your partner can use for inspiration

ONCE YOU HAVE MADE A CLAIM
1. Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address
2. Send a PM to the organizers to let them know you have made a claim using the appropriate heading in the subject line: Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Claim Made
3. You have 14 days to complete each claim and have it in the mail to its new owner. You cannot make a new claim until your partner receives.

ONCE YOU HAVE SENT OR RECEIVED PATCHES

1. Please PM the organizers and claimer/claimee when you send or receive your patches.
2.  Please use the appropriate heading in the subject line:
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Sent
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Received
3.  Be sure and include (1) the "send by" date, as well as (2) the theme and (3) who sent it

FEEDBACK
Positive feedback will be given at the end of the round when all of the patches you sent have been received.   Good communication is vital and will be noted in feedback.



ANY QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions please post them in the discussion thread or PM the organizers.  

This thread is for claims only! Please use the discussion thread for questions and comments, or the gallery thread for posting photos of patches.


Participants:
1. craftADDchick
2. meowari
3. roler

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2  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: July 23, 2015 06:03:08 PM
Prompt:  UFO Sighting (1948: Green Fireballs)
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: UFO, Reused/Repurposed/Recycled, Engineering, Community
Project Name:T-Shirt Yarn from the Back of the Shirt Only (w/tutorial)
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440092.0
Brief Description: I have wanted to try making t-shirt yarn for a while, and saved a scrap of a shirt from an earlier project. When I came across it today, I figured I'd give it a go. Every tutorial I've ever seen uses a t-shirt that is still in a tube, but I only had the back, so I modified the method!

Project Picture:


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3  T-shirt Yarn from the Back of the Shirt Only- Tutorial in Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: July 23, 2015 05:55:10 PM


A while ago, I made my sister a tote bag by using the graphic (a Boston Terrier with a moustache) from a t-shirt as an applique. I never threw out the remaining scraps, and just came across them today while doing some cleaning.

I've been meaning to try making t-shirt yarn, but every tutorial I've seen has used a shirt that is still a tube with the front and back still attached.

So, I decided to see if I could still do it by modifying the method.

First (not pictured), I trimmed the shirt back to make a rectangle. I only used the area from the armpits down, but since you're not using the front, you could easily use the entire back (and I don't know why I didn't think of that sooner!).

Next, I folded over two opposite edges by about a half of an inch. I think I had the stretch going the right way (the stretch should run from fold to fold), but I was just winging it and didn't check.



Then, using a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler (alternately, you could use a ruler to draw lines and cut with scissors), I cut lines 1 inch apart between the folded edges only- do not cut into the folded over area.



If you'd like, you can trim the uncut areas to 1 inch wide (I trimmed them at the end).

Now, and here's where I crossed my fingers that I was doing it correctly, I cut the bottom and top edges. First, I cut the bottom edge- I cut one "strip" over, and then every two strips all the way across.



Next, I cut the top edge- I started two "strips" over, and then every two strips all the way across. If you did it correctly, you should end up with one continuous strip.


To eliminate little "flags" of t-shirt sticking out of the yarn, you should trim the square corners of the strip (not pictured). If you didn't trim them earlier, you can do it as part of this step. First, cut the corners at an angle (cut off little triangles). Second, cut the "height" of the edge so that it is about an inch (you'll cut off a trapezoid shape).

The rest is just like making the yarn from a whole t-shirt! Run the yarn through your hands, stretching it as you do. This will make the yarn curl up along the edges.



Finally, wind the yarn into a cute little ball!



I used the back of small girl's t-shirt, so it didn't make very much. I do have a matching shirt (the front is destined to be a pillow), so I can make some more in the same color.

Also, this shirt was 100% cotton (pre-washed), and I tore the tag off of the shirt and stuck it into the ball of yarn so I would know what it was later.

ETA: I just realized that, for the first step pictured, I could have probably folded the fabric in half and made my cuts from the folded edge to 1 inch from the cut edge. I'll try that the next time!
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4  Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap- Discussion Thread in New Swap Theme Ideas by craftADDchick on: July 11, 2015 08:20:15 PM


So, we're planning to run another round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap (R6!), but then Watsonc7 and I were wondering if folks would be interested in an ongoing swap. I've never done (participated or organized) an ongoing swap before, so I'm looking for feedback. Would you want to participate in one? What are the pros and cons of having it set up this way (as either a participant or for the organizers)? What parameters should we have?

We can, of course, keep running it the way we've been doing it, but we were just putting feelers out! Let us know what you think!

It's alive! Check out the swap post here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440175.0


We'll use this thread as the discussion thread for the swap.
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5  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: July 11, 2015 10:19:10 AM
Prompt:  July- Orion Nebula
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: Giver
Project Name: Everyday People hat
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439953.0
Brief Description: I found this image (http://www.sidleach.com/m16.htm) of the Eagle Nebula (M16) and pulled the colors of teal, white and green from it to add the stripes to the navy blue hat. I used the free pattern Everyday People (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/everyday-people) to make the hat. It called for sport weight, but I didn't have enough on hand, so I used 2 colors of Caron Simply Soft (navy & green), Red Heart Super Saver (teal), Red Heart Sport (white). It doesn't have the expected drape, but it still looks good. And, it's going to be given to the "closet" at school for any homeless kids to "shop" from.
Project Picture:







Prompt: Team Spirit- Team Wordy  
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Fantastic Mr. Fox TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this patch for Watsonc7 in the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. The movie Fantastic Mr. Fox was based on the book written by Roald Dahl.
Project Picture:







Prompt: Team Spirit- Team Randomizer
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Orange Dishcloth
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Recently, when I was getting some work done on my car a random conversation happened that led to the service manager giving me a set of crochet hooks and some knitting needles. When I went to pay the bill, I asked the cashier what his name was so I could send him a thank you gift. I had some leftover orange yarn, so I made him a dishcloth using the linen stitch.
Project Picture:







Prompt: Red Alert! Nerd Pride
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Bendy Pouch
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439955.0
Brief Description: I have been sewing since junior high, so it's what I tend to think of as my "main" craft (crochet would be second). I spent the other day crafting with a friend who wanted to learn how to make a zipper pouch. I gave her a lesson in how to make a zipper pouch (the cherry print pouch), and then I walked her through how to make a Bendy pouch. I had signed up for a Craftsy class and watched the video on how to make one, so I made mine 1 or 2 steps ahead of her, and she stitched up 2. I made a couple of silly mistakes, so I was able to make sure she didn't make the same ones! My completed pouch is the owl pouch. I'll be using it to store the power cord and zipper feet for my sewing machine.
Project Picture:





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6  Bend it Like Beckham Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: July 11, 2015 10:16:07 AM
Okay, the real name of this pouch is Bendy (I took a Craftsy class on zipper pouches, and this was one of the 3 pouches), but as I was helping my friend learn how to do the steps, I made a comment that she was ready to "bend it like Beckham!" So, that's what we started calling it.

My friend wanted to learn how to make a zipper pouch, so I showed her the basic zipper pouch (that I learned how to make from this tutorial on Craftster). I wanted to give a Bendy a try, and once my friend had the basic pouch down (the cherry print pouch in the photo), she wanted to make a Bendy, too. I had watched the Craftsy video on how to make it, and had the pattern instructions on hand, so I started mine. I stayed at least one step ahead of my friend so I could A) Show her what the next step looked like and B) Help her to avoid any mistakes (I made at least 2). She ended up making 2 pouches at the same time Smiley

Our completed set of pouches for the day: Basic zipper pouch and 3 Bendys



Close-up shot of my Bendy



Another view of my Bendy




One of the cool things about the pouch is that it stays standing when it's open or closed. It's a little smaller than I expected, but it's the perfect size to hold the cord and bag of presser feet for my sewing machine.

I'll definitely make another one, and hopefully I can figure out a way to scale it up a bit.
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7  Everyday People Hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: July 11, 2015 10:04:07 AM
This is the Everyday People hat (pattern link). I made it using navy Caron Simply Soft. The stripes are Caron Simply Soft (green), Red Heart Super Saver (teal), and Red Heart Sport (white). It doesn't have quite the proper "slouch" because of the yarn weight, but I think it still looks good. I'm donating it to the "closet" at school for the needy and homeless kids. I was worried that it'd be too snug with the yarn I used, so I made it in a size medium.



I really liked the extended single crochet stitch, and I think I'll try this hat again once I get some yarn of the proper weight!


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8  Re: 15 hats in 2015 in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: July 11, 2015 09:57:19 AM
Here's my Everyday People hat! I made it using navy Caron Simply Soft. The stripes are Caron Simply Soft (green), Red Heart Super Saver (teal), and Red Heart Sport (white). It doesn't have quite the proper "slouch" because of the yarn weight, but I think it still looks good. I'm donating it to the "closet" at school for the needy and homeless kids. I was worried that it'd be too snug with the yarn I used, so I made it in a size medium.



I really liked the extended single crochet stitch, and I think I'll try this hat again once I get some yarn of the proper weight!
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9  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: July 03, 2015 01:59:10 PM
Prompt: July- Dark Matter
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Toxic Toys Shadowbox
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439854.0
Brief Description: My friend's grandfather used to own one of the plastic factories in the town where I work. The factory specialized in baby toys and hair combs (I think). While my friend played with these toys as a child (and turned out perfectly normal), the materials used to make the toys are now considered toxic. Her niece is having her first baby, and my friend wanted to make a shadowbox that included some of the toys. Not being a crafty individual, she enlisted my help. The hidden components are: A) The "toxic" chemicals in the plastic and B) The name of the factory (pictured in upper right corner of the shadowbox) is printed on the bottom of the card that holds the diaper pins. When we put the backing board (with all of the stuff attached) into the frame, the lip edge of the frame covered up the name of the factory.

Project Picture:



The picture isn't great because we had to turn off the light to avoid a huge glare on the glass Sad And, the bows on the photo are trapped under the frame, but we fixed that after the picture was taken Smiley
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10  Toxic Toys Shadowbox in Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: July 03, 2015 01:54:01 PM


My friend's grandfather used to own one of the plastic factories in the town where I work. The factory specialized in baby toys and hair combs (I think). While my friend played with these toys as a child (and turned out perfectly normal), the materials used to make the toys are now considered toxic. Her niece is having her first baby, and my friend wanted to make a shadowbox that included some of the toys. Not being a crafty individual, she enlisted my help.

First, we went through the large box of stuff and picked out some items we thought we'd like to use. Each item got cleaned up as best as we could.



My friend wanted to include a picture of the factory, but the ones that were online were of poor quality. So, we took a drive downtown and I took a picture of the factory (it's been converted into apartments) and used one of the photo apps on my tone to make it look "vintage." I was able to upload it directly to a nearby pharmacy and we had a nice 4" X 4" print in less than an hour!

We hit the craft store to pick up supplies (glue dots, background paper, ribbon, embellishments, shadowbox) and headed back to the house to get started! we played around with the arrangement of the items (and it's a good thing I took pictures as we did so we could remember how things were on the one we liked the best!).



Unfortunately, in spite of the presence of the ruler in one of the above photos, we neglected to measure the depth of the items, and our shadowbox (12" X 12") wasn't deep enough. We headed back to the store, but couldn't find a deeper one in the same size, so we opted for a smaller one (10" X 10") that was the right depth, plus it had a nice "frame" around the front edge.

It looked pretty good once it was all finished, and the only thing that we would have changed was to shift the diaper pins up (they were stuck down onto the backing paper with permanent glue dots) because the name of the factory, printed on the bottom of the card, got covered by the frame edge. And, as long as the baby never opens it up and actually plays with the toys, a nice piece of family history will be hanging in the nursery!
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