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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / EPP Hexie Fabric Swap! Sign-ups closed;Send-out by August 20, 2016 on: July 09, 2016 11:47:21 AM

Photo by Averia

Swap name: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick

Sign-up date range: July 9 - July 23, 2016

Date to send item by: August 20, 2016


Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 8
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

    If so, which country?


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/NO

- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO

- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO

- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO

- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO

- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO

- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO

- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO



Details of swap:

Are you an EPP junkie? Does the sight of neat little stacks of stitched up hexagons make you smile with delight? Do you have dreams of making a quilt with hundreds of hexies? Could you use a bit more variety in your hexie stash? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the swap for you!

In this swap, you will be exchanging 24 squares of quality, 100% quilting cotton with up to each member of the swap. This may mean that you will have to send out of your country, but fabric squares are small and light, so postage should be lower. You may also have the option to swap finished hexies and/or a small item made with hexies (such as a pincushion, mug rug, etc.).

What size squares do you need?

The size of the hexagon is determined by the length of one side. So, a 1" hexie has sides that measure 1" each. To determine the size of the square you need, refer to the information below.

1/4" hexie = 1" square
1/2" hexie = 1 1/2" square
3/4" hexie = 2" square
1" hexie = 2 1/2" square
1 1/4" hexie = 3" square
1 1/2" hexie = 3 1/2" square
2" hexie = 4 1/2" square
3" hexie = 6 1/2" square

So, it seems like the formula for the size of the square is: 2X the side length  plus a 1/2".

So, a 2 1/2" hexie would need a 5 1/2" square (2 1/2" X 2= 5", plus 1/2"= 5 1/2")


Note: If you need larger squares, but are partnered with someone who needs much smaller squares, you may want to consider sending your partner a few extra squares Smiley

What do I need to know about sending finished hexies?

A finished hexie is one that has already been stitched into the hexagon shape. When sending finished hexies, please adhere to the following guidelines:
1. Please use card stock (or index cards) to make your templates so your partner can reuse them.
2. Please punch a hole in the center of the template to make them easier to remove.
3. Please be sure that your template is the correct size for your partner. Remember that a hexie's size is determined by the length of one side.
4. Please leave the template in the hexies when you mail them.
5. Please check with your partner to see if they would like you to stitch through the template to the front along the sides of the hexagon. (While this can hold the template in place, especially for larger hexies, some people don't remove the basting from the hexies. It can also reduce the number of times the template can be reused.)
6. If you plan to use glue to help to hold the template in place, please check with your partner first. Also, please make sure to use a glue stick that is specifically for use with fabric.


What can I make with my hexies?

Well, if you don't want to make a quilt, I've started a board on Pinterest with some ideas for smaller projects. Check it out here: http://pin.it/pB0s5aT



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



QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap

Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address including the country (Please write it in the proper format for shipping to your country):

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country (swappers with more than one partner may need to ship out of the country for at least one partner)? (YES/NO)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Do you understand that you will need to get a tracking number if shipping within the US, or keep a copy of your receipt if shipping outside the US? (YES/NO)
How many partners would you like (1, 2, or 3)? First time swappers will be limited to one partner.
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Organizer will do her best to match partners based on this information:
   What size fabric squares (see information above) do you need?
   Do you want any fussy cut pieces? (YES/NO)
   Do you want multiples of fabric pieces (i.e. If you plan on making hexie flowers, you'll need 6 of each fabric)? (YES/NO)
        How many squares of each fabric do you need?
   Do you want to receive hexies that are already stitched (see note above about how to send pre-stitched hexies)? (YES/NO)
   Would you like to also swap a small finished object made with hexies? (YES/NO)
   Is there anything else you woul
d like your partner(s) to know?




IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER 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.



PARTICIPANTS:

1. craftADDchick
2. Averia
3. alwaysinmyroom
4. Amazon_warrior
5. quaggy
6. Immaculata
7. MareMare
8. sloth003
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / EPP Hexie Fabric Swap? on: July 06, 2016 08:09:15 PM

Photo by Averia

I've recently gotten the EPP bug, but my stash is woefully inadequate for the purposes of providing me with a variety of hexies!

I was thinking about organizing a swap for small squares of fabric for the purpose of making 1" hexagons. I have a template that perfectly fits a 2 1/2 inch square- it makes a 1" hexagon with 3/8" of a folded over seam.

We could keep it simple- 20 squares of fabric at least 2 1/2 inches square. This would be the easiest for partnering Smiley Fabrics could be all different, or in color groups, or in multiples (such as 6 to make a hexagon flower).

To spice it up, we could add in some options:
Sending finished hexies instead of squares
Fabric for fussy cutting hexies
Squares for larger hexies
Other common EPP shapes

You could have the option for more than one partner (up to 3, probably).

Because postage should be low (20 small squares shouldn't weigh much), people with multiple partners might have to ship out of country to at least one partner (but hopefully not more than one).

If there's enough interest, I could start sign-ups this month, with send-outs before the end of August.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sari Fabric Rope Coil Bowl on: June 25, 2016 09:09:23 AM


A while back, a friend gave me a couple of skeins of recycled sari fabric yarn (not silk, rayon). I knew that it would be perfect for a rope coil bowl!



I wound the yarn from one skein into a ball to make it easier to work with.



This particular skein was mostly bright colors, but it had some beige colored sections that I didn't use for this bowl. I'll use those, and the other skein, for at least one more bowl.

I could have kept going at least one more round on this bowl to end it with a rim of pink, but I don't have much pink in my house, so I thought I'd just keep the pink on the base.



There is one spot (less than an inch) where I didn't catch it completely, so it has a small hole in it but, as long as it's for me, and I don't put any tiny objects in it, it isn't worth re-stitching!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross-Stitch Crab Sachet on: June 25, 2016 08:50:33 AM
On a recent trip, I cross-stitched this little crab. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but it kept me busy during a 23 hour trip. When my friend asked what it was for, I said that maybe I could use it to decorate a zipper pouch, or maybe make it into a sachet. When she said that she used drawer sachets, I decided to make it for her!



Once I trimmed it to size, I zig-zagged the edge, and then added a round of single crochet.



I continued with a couple of crochet rounds, and then I cut some fabric pieces to make an envelope style for the back. Since I didn't want to lose any of my crochet edging, I pressed the edges under, clipped them to the crab panel, and top-stitched the panel to the fabric pieces.





Then, I made a little pillow insert with an envelope back, and stuffed it with polyfil. I figured they could either spray the polyfil or remove it and fill the pillow with potpourri.




It was a fun little project and it was a good use for the little crab panel! I might have to make something similar for myself Smiley
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Square Drawer Sachets on: June 25, 2016 08:28:35 AM
In April, I hitched a ride to FL with my friend's family. They wouldn't take any money for the van rental, so I put together a little bag of stuff for them. I included a jar of homemade jam, some of my sister's all natural bug spray, and a sachet (my friend mentioned that she, her mom, and her sister always used them).



I crocheted a couple of granny squares (#10 crochet cotton) using a Lace Granny Square pattern.



Then, I cut fabric to make an envelope back. I didn't want to lose any of my granny square edging, so, instead of putting right sides together, I pressed the edges of the fabric pieces under, clipped them to the granny square, and top-stitched the granny square in place.





Then, I made a little pillow insert and stuffed it with polyfil. I used an envelope back on the little pillow too, so they could either spray a scent on the polyfil, or take the polyfil out and fill the pillow with lavender or potpourri.



I didn't block the squares, but I slightly stretched them to fit the fabric pieces. The came out pretty square looking once they were finished!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R7! Gallery on: June 23, 2016 08:20:30 AM

Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=447924.0

Status:
Sent
Received
Received & Posted Pics
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer

Partners:

ale0059: LadybugsAndBumblebees, Sharalee
alwaysinmyroom: jkaywiz
audio: LadybugsAndBumblebees, fatewineroses
craftADDchick: jenleahlynn
curiousfae: RovingAnarchist, Sharalee
fatewineroses: Wulf, audio
gala_apples: goatgoddess, noodle-bug
goatgoddess: Inselaeffchen, gala_apples
Inselaeffchen: noodle-bug, goatgoddess
jenleahlynn: jkaywiz, craftADDchick
jkaywiz: alwaysinmyroom, jenleahlynn
LadybugsAndBumblebees: audio, ale0059
noodle-bug: Inselaeffchen, gala_apples
RovingAnarchist (to Wulf): Wulf, curiousfae
Sharalee: curiousfae, ale0059
Wulf: RovingAnarchist, fatewineroses
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Quilt (AKA Pretending Like I Can Quilt ) on: May 26, 2016 05:07:53 AM
The wife of one of my co-workers is expecting their first child any day now. They had a little celebration for him at school last month, but I didn't have time to get the quilt made. Monday night, I finally allowed myself to sit and work on it. I got everything finished except for the binding on Monday. Tuesday night, I realized that I couldn't remember where I put the binding so, since I had an appointment not far from JoAnn Fabrics, I stopped there first and picked up some fabric for the binding. I didn't get to start on the binding until almost 8:45 pm. And, I don't have internet service at home right now, so I couldn't look up the proper way. Let's just hope that the mom to be doesn't inspect it too carefully Smiley It looks a little wonky in the picture, but it's the way they're holding it.





A while ago, I had picked up some pre-cut fabric strips (14 in a pack) and squares (21 in a pack) at Wal-Mart. I didn't exactly know how to put it all together (I was planning on doing a quilt as you go like a strip quilt I had made earlier). I figured I'd use the squares as rows, but they weren't long enough if I stitched them together. So, I picked up some coordinating red fabric and pieced together the squares to make 3 strips.





The layout isn't exactly how I wanted it because I ran a little short on the red strips (the top and bottom row were supposed to have a red strip on each side... I was one strip short).

Also, the squares on the edges are cut off a bit because my backing fabric ended up being crooked, so I had to trim it about 3 inches on each side to square it off. The binding, up close, is definitely a bit of a hack job, but the fun polka dot fabric makes up for it.

Hopefully, he likes it!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / DIY Dryer Sheets (mini tutorial) on: May 25, 2016 06:33:54 AM
I have sensitive skin, so I can't use a scented detergent or fabric softener in my laundry. But, I still wanted to have fresh-smelling laundry! I did a search for DIY dryer sheets and found a couple of tutorials. They're all pretty basic, so I'll do a rough how-to:

Materials:
Fabric squares (mine were 10" X 10" cotton fabric scraps)
White vinegar
Essential oils (I used lavender... because I couldn't find the rest of the oils I bought)
Clean, empty, glass jar

Directions:
1. Edge the fabric squares in whatever way you want. You can hem them (that's what I did), serge or zig-zag them, or just cut them with pinking shears (quickest way).



2. To the glass jar, add about 1/2 cup of the vinegar and 10-12 drops of the essential oils (you can add a little more if the scent isn't strong enough).



3. Take the fabric squares and stuff them into the jar to soak.



4. To use the squares, squeeze out the extra solution (back into the jar- it can be used several times before you need to replenish it).

5. Toss them into the dryer with your laundry, and you're good to go!

A couple of notes:
Use fabric that doesn't bleed. I didn't pre-wash my fabrics, and a bit of color bled into the vinegar solution.

I noticed that my towels smelled slightly of vinegar (but not the sheets), so I'm not sure if they needed to be dried for a little longer.

I used 4 sheets per load, but you could use more or less depending on the size of the load.

The scent wasn't super strong (I used 8-10 drops of oil), so you may want to add more, depending on your preference.
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9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Yet Another TM Patch Swap R7! (signups closed! Send outs July 13- New Date on: May 24, 2016 07:18:13 AM

Patch made by Wulf


Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R7
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: May 24, 2016- June 6, 2016
Date to send item by: Wednesday, July 6,  2016

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

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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:
 Do you love making Teesha Moore-style patches? Have you always admired them but haven't yet caught the TM bug? Well, this could be the swap for you!

In this round of the TM Patch Swap, you will be crafting for 1 or 2 partners (first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner) and from 1-3 patches (you and your partner should agree on the exact number).

Also, you will have the option of exchanging a TM Patch Supply kit with your partner (contents of kit may include: floss, fabric, embellishments {buttons, beads, ribbons, charms, etc}, poly-fil, etc.).

Let's keep this swap simple and limit it to the sending of patches and kits (if you love sending extra things, consider adding those as part of a kit Smiley ).

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=445370.0 (Round 6)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439296.0 (Round 5)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437989.0 (Round 4)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436180.0 (Round 3)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434712.0#axzz37wXpySPV (Round 2)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.#axzz2yLfpYtaO (Round 1)

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, craftADDchick:

 QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
 Name of swap: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R7!
 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)
 Do you want one or two partners?
How many patches would you like to make for each partner (Organizer will attempt to match partners based on this information as much as possible)?
Do you also want to exchange a kit with your partner(s), in addition to the patches?
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 preferred 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 desirable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or WIST site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?
Do you have any allergies that could be a problem?
Do you have any allergens in your home?

 IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER 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.


PARTICIPANTS:

1. craftADDchick
2. noodle-bug
3. fatewineroses
4. LadybugsAndBumblebees
5. audio
6. RovingAnarchist
7. Sharalee
8. curiousfae
9. Wulf
10. gala_apples
11. goatgoddess
12. Inselaeffchen
13. ale0059
14. jenleahlynn
15. jkaywiz
16. alwaysinmyroom


Partners:

ale0059: LadybugsAndBumblebees, Sharalee
alwaysinmyroom: jkaywiz
audio: LadybugsAndBumblebees, fatewineroses
craftADDchick: jenleahlynn
curiousfae: RovingAnarchist, Sharalee
fatewineroses: Wulf, audio
gala_apples: goatgoddess, noodle-bug
goatgoddess: Inselaeffchen, gala_apples
Inselaeffchen: noodle-bug, goatgoddess
jenleahlynn: jkaywiz, craftADDchick
LadybugsAndBumblebees: audio, ale0059
noodle-bug: Inselaeffchen, gala_apples
RovingAnarchist: Wulf, curiousfae
Sharalee: curiousfae, ale0059
Wulf: RovingAnarchist, fatewineroses
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10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / On Easter, Instead of Dyeing Eggs, We Dyed Fabric (Shibori-Style) on: April 07, 2016 05:02:03 PM
I had brunch with my siblings on Easter Sunday, and my sister-in-law had a project for us to try after we ate. She had run across a Shibori dyeing video on Facebook (I think my mom actually posted it), and she got all of the stuff for us to try it out.

She picked up a half dozen large square cotton/linen towels and a t-shirt. She also got clothespins and denim RIT dye.

We watched the video and then had at it! While the dye pot (half a bottle of liquid RIT dye and some salt) was heating up on the stove, I washed a piece of PVC pipe that my brother had in the basement. It seemed a bit long, but was the perfect size for the wrapping. We folded, clipped, wrapped, and scrunched the fabric in a variety of ways (we did a couple that were as directed in the video, but then, renegades that we are, we tried a few variations). Before it went into the dye bath, we had to get the cloth wet.

For my first cloth, I rolled it around a piece of 4" PVC pipe, and then wrapped it with twine, scrunching it down as I went.  I had to stand the pipe up in the pot (and supervise it carefully so it didn't tip and break the kitchen lighting!).



We had 3 items in the pot for the first batch, and once they were ready (at least 10-20 min later), we rinsed them in the sink.



Rinsing the one on the PVC pipe was tricky- I had to make sure I didn't break any dishes with the other end of the pipe!

Unfolding them was pretty cool because we got some really neat effects! I don't have pictures of all of them, but they were neat!

This was my first one, and it came out with this neat ombre effect (it probably could have used more time soaking in the dye, but I really love how it came out!).



For this one, my SIL's brother folded his a bit like a "cootie catcher" and ended up with this neat heart-shaped pattern in the middle.



I also did one that I twisted in a spiral, and I got a neat spiral pattern on it. The coolest thing was the t-shirt that my SIL accordion-folded and then clipped with the clothespins (she also did a dishtowel the same way). It came out a nice deep blue with crisp white rectangles where the clothespins were. My sister did a triangle accordion fold with clothespins, and got a neat geometric design.

Here are most of the towels drying in the sun on the deck. You can see the spiral one on the table on the right.



After we ran out of towels, there was still a huge pot of dye, so my SIL and her brother wandered around the house to find other things to dye. My SIL gave new life to an old bathrobe, and her brother dyed an old chef's hat.

It was a lot of fun, easier than we expected, and we ended up with some great (and functional) memories of the day!
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