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1  Chartres Labyrinth TM Patch in Needlework: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: April 04, 2015 07:27:03 AM
I made this patch for calluna in the most recent round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. As soon as I did a bit of stalking, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. The patch is based on the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral. I decided to stitch the borders of the path, rather than the path itself, and I wanted to try my hand at couching.

I used some Perle cotton for the base thread and three strands of embroidery floss as the couching thread. I added beads in the center and around the outside. I probably should have picked something simpler for my first attempt Smiley I did use Sulky Solvy for the pattern transfer, and it made it much easier for me to get nice lines! It was my first time using it, and I'm definitely a fan!

It took forever, but it was very relaxing to stitch and, it turns out, it could be used as a finger labyrinth, too!

The patch is about 4 inches square.

Once I have a little more time on my hands, I might stitch up something similar for myself!
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2  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: April 04, 2015 07:16:33 AM
Prompt:  April- The Queen's English
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Cuss Graffiti TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this for Watsonc7 in the Yet Another TM Patch Swap and since I was late, I only finished it this week. It's graffiti painted on a wall in a scene from Fantastic Mr. Fox (based on the book by English author Roald Dahl). I projected the movie onto the board (in my classroom), paused it at the scene, and traced it. I then created 2 stencils (one for the yellow "splash" and one for the letters), and did the painting (I tried to mimic the streakiness of spray paint). I then embroidered the black outline.

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3  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: March 31, 2015 07:06:41 PM
Prompt:  March Flash Mob- (Decade You Were Born)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Moon Phase Bunting
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I was born in the late 60's, not long before the first men landed on the moon. This bunting represents the phases of the moon as seen from Earth. I'll be hanging it in my classroom, which is why they're only held onto the cord with binder clips (and the nice matching clips are at school). I'm thinking I might use it as an "interactive bunting" so the kids can clip the phases on in order. I left room to add labels in case I decide I don't want the kids handling it (and mucking it all up), but for now, the kids can clip on laminated cards with the names. My mom stitched the embroidery for me (on her embroidery machine) over my February break, and the panels have been sitting in a pile since then. The pattern is from Urban Threads (the Luna pack) and instead of using multiple colors, they're stitched in solid grey. I'll try to get a better photo when I have better light.
PI PROJECT (because the full moon is round)
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4  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: March 31, 2015 02:58:24 PM
I feel like I've missed all of March! I haven't even checked out the gallery (and I'll remedy that this weekend)!

I did manage to finish the March Battle, however!

Prompt:  March Battle- PAST
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Upcycled Calendar Gift Bags
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I always hate throwing away old calendars, so I save them for "something." Some end up in my classroom for various activities, but others I've saved for crafting (gift bags, cards, envelopes). I've never made the time to do it, but there's nothing like a looming deadline to motivate me! I used a 2007-2008 calendar and my Silhouette to cut out 15 (I messed one up) of the pages. They fold up into small (about the size of a deck of cards) gift bags. I've only folded up the sample (made from the back cover) for now. If I put them all together now, they'll get wrecked Smiley  Plus, I can store them flat. They're a good size for gift cards or jewelery.

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Now, I might even be able to get my March Flash Mob finished; I just need a snack first Smiley
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5  Re: 15 hats in 2015 in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: March 08, 2015 09:19:03 AM
Here's my Peaked Hat! I used buttons I had on hand because, even though I bought buttons, I couldn't find them. I don't love the buttons (they are very rounded and protrude quite a bit), but they kind of match the pattern. I think it's because they're so "gold" (the buttons I bought originally were pewter, I think). But, I'm donating it to the "closet" at school, so hopefully, someone will like it Smiley

So, that makes 2 hats for me, so far. I need to step it up if I have any hopes of getting close to 15 this year Smiley
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6  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: March 06, 2015 04:00:29 PM
Here are my spectacular patches from Watsonc7! She has made me some fantastic science patches in the past, and these are in the same league Smiley

First, an amazing free-motion Einstein patch! The detail is outstanding- check out those eyes!

And second, a human heart! It's got 2 shades each of red and blue, and a bit of sparkle to it Smiley

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7  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 28, 2015 05:05:21 PM
Oh, wow! There have been so many amazing things posted while I've been away (and crazy busy). I really want to comment on all of them, but it would take me hours to go back through them all (this has been a tough round, time wise!).

And, I have to laugh about the microwave potholders- I had never seen them before, but my mom gave me one for Christmas. I immediately bought, and cut, apple fabric (for the Cold as Ice challenge to represent Regina from Once Upon a Time), and then didn't have time to stitch any of them up. And now, I see them popping up everywhere! Smiley Hopefully, I can fit them in for another prompt!

I've got a few projects to post, far fewer than I expected, but at least it's something for poor Team Textbook!

Prompt:  February Battle- Fabric vs Paper (FABRIC)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  UFO (I bought the fabric for this a year ago!)
Project Name: English Paper Pieced Hexagon Dresser Pad
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Last year, my mom had a visitor who used the top of the dresser as a luggage rack, and the dresser got scratched. So, I offered to make a pad for it, and we bought some fabric. Instead of making it with some basic blocks of fabric, I decided to get fancy and learn how to do English paper piece work. I knew I didn't want to learn on 1" hexies, so I enlarged the template (the hexies are about 5" across). My original goal was to have it done by Thanksgiving, but it didn't happen. Then, when I visited my mom for Christmas, I thought I'd finish it while I was there. Barely touched it! Finally, over February break, I had a "pajama day" and pretty much spent the whole day stitching the last 5 columns of hexagons together. I was able to put the backing on the night before I was supposed to fly home. Technically, it should be quilted, but I've never really done much machine quilting, and I didn't want to wreck it. So, I might practice, and if I get the hang of it, I'll quilt it when I visit again in December!

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Prompt:  February Flash Mob:  Craft an item in your favorite medium using all stash supplies.
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Giver
Project Name: Crocheted Peaked Hat
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this as part of the 15 Hats in 2015 CAL. Crochet is one of my favorite things to do (tied with sewing). I used yarn leftover from a blanket I made and found a pair of buttons in the button jar that complement the stitch pattern (although, they might be a little big). This hat will be going in the "closet" at school where some of the needy kids can "shop" for clothing items. (STASH)

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Prompt:  February: Stamp the Yard
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Valentine Thank You Cards
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I got a few sweet little gifts from some of my students, so I needed to send Thank You cards. I dug out the heart stamp (I have had it for a VERY long time and have never used it) and the sentiment, and had ink pads in magenta and black. I have a ready supply of cards and envelopes, too (whenever I have a coupon burning a hole in my pocket, I either buy packs of blank cards/envelopes or tape runner refills). I made them one evening while I was on vacation and got them sent off before the end of vacation. (STASH)

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Prompt:  February: Basket Case
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Fabric Woven Heart Baskets
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I've seen these woven heart baskets before (and even in this round of the games!), but in my entire crafty life, I've never made one. I decided that the time had arrived to give it a go, but I wanted to make them with fabric. I found the template and directions online (for making with paper), but used fabric instead. I fused the two fabrics together using Wonder Under and then cut them out (I reduced the template by 50% because I was using scrap fabric). The first one (purple/green) took me a bit longer because I had to get the technique down, but the second one was quicker. I think, for next year, I might make a whole bunch more and make a cute heart garland! (STASH)

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Prompt:  Red Alert- National Hobby Month
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Road Trip Dishcloth
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: While waiting for my brother and my SIL to arrive at my mom's (NY to FL by car), it got pretty late, but I needed to keep myself busy, so I started working on this. I used my own Road Trip Dishcloth pattern, and some leftover yarn from an earlier dishcloth project.

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Prompt:  Red Alert- Love is in the Air
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Tulle Dish Scrubbies
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: A while ago, I made my mom a dish scrubbie out of some purple tulle. My step dad loved it, and when I was visiting over February vacation, he asked for another one, and I knew I couldn't refuse (he had bought me some chocolates for Valentine's Day, plus he is just super and sweet!). My mom had a roll of red tulle in the craft closet, so I made the double-sided scrubby for him. My SIL put in a request for one that was only 1 layer, but slightly larger. I made them both in the car while heading up to visit family (crocheting keeps me from getting carsick). (STASH)

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8  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: February 06, 2015 03:02:00 PM
I got my patch from calluna already! And, it's fabulous! She made me a patch for the skeletal system. It has a cool strip of twill tape with skeletons on it (did you stamp that yourself, calluna, or were you lucky enough to find it somewhere?). And, it's hard to see in the photo, but along the side of the skeletons it says "Two Hundred Six!" for the number of bones in an adult human.

Thanks, calluna! It's a great addition to my collection!

ETA: I have no idea why it is flipped upside down! It was right earlier... I'll have to try to fix that! It seems to have sorted itself out...
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9  Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: February 06, 2015 02:53:46 PM

Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437630.0

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10  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 31, 2015 07:44:57 PM
Nothing like down to the wire! I almost thought I'd have to go with my back-up plan Smiley

Prompt:  January Battle- Warm vs Cold (WARM!!!)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  UFO (Engineering coming soon!)
Project Name: Hot Water Bottle Cozy
Project Link: n/a (coming soon)
Brief Description: After seeing a bunch of cute crocheted hot water bottle cozies around the internet, I had a compulsion to make one. I actually started this for a Games prompt a while ago (caregiver, maybe?) and have tried to make it for each round since, but it always got shuffled for something else. Now that it's cold here, and my muscles are aching from snow shoveling, I knew I really needed to finish it! It's made with 3 colors (green, royal blue and teal). If I make another one, I'll change the flap design at the bottom (I didn't want to use buttons) to make it a little neater looking. When I had it all finished, I figured out a better way to do it Smiley

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