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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mug Rug Swap R2 Gallery on: September 20, 2011 06:20:55 PM
Discussion thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390138.0

Mug {rug} by That Girl, That Quilt, on Flickr

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback

SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizer and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) I will be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures (This is why it is important for you to take pictures of your items, just in case your partner does not) *Please PM if there is difficulty with pictures.*

Partner has Received
Late with communication
Late WITHOUT communication - Please PM us!

Canamharris' group:
Bakeneko  <>  fiddlegirl8
Lionne  <>  Canamharris
onegroovyday  <>  Waggonswest
Leslieshappyheart  <>  Sloth003
Sew it up fabrics  <>  Mochawildchild
gerbilgal  <>  enola
WhiteSheep  <>  Tygir
dfabbric  <>  Anyuta
badpuppy  <>  Sinellia
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Finley and Oliver inspired shirts on: September 11, 2011 10:40:53 AM
I recently discovered the awesomeness that is Finley and Oliver. I LOVE their stuff! (but sadly they just closed out their stuff!!!!)

I really wanted to update some blank shirts I had laying around for my kids and decided I had to try doing the cupcakes shirts!

cupcake shirt by canamharris, on Flickr

I used some old tshirts for the bottom of the cupcakes and then beige flannel for the top. I hand stitched along both to give it the pop and look of the originals. After that I did a little freezer paper stenciling to give them faces and bows.

cupcake shirt by canamharris, on Flickr

I also took a plain tanktop that I got on clearance and updated it for my daugther. (this pic isn't as great)
I simply took an old white T-shirt to use as the applique. I hand stitched over the top with white floss to give it a bit of texture.

backpack and love shirt by canamharris, on Flickr

These were very simple to make. I'm thinking of using the idea for baby gifts in the future.
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Oliver & S Penguin backpack on: September 11, 2011 10:29:47 AM
My daughter is about to start another (and last) year of preschool and she was in desperate need of a new backpack! I made this awesome backpack from a duvet cover. (The day we went to town to go fabric shopping was on a Sunday. I learned that everything is closed on Sundays! Therefore I bought the closest, cheapest thing I could find! A duvet cover!) The pattern came out of the book Oliver and S Little things. (and yes I did pretty much buy the book just because of this backpack!!)

IMG_0371 by canamharris, on Flickr

I used felt circles cut out using my pinking shears with a button on top for the eyes. (I was inspired after seeing a super cute owl backpack by skip hop with similar eye shapes) Plus when I asked my daughter what color the eyes should be she told me blue and purple. So that's what I came up with.

This was my first time sewing in a zipper but it wasn't to complicated.

Here are some more pics:
Lining: (I did do an inside pocket too but did it in the same lining fabric. I wish I had done it in something that would pop more to make the pocket easier to see)

penguin backpack by canamharris, on Flickr

DD wearing her new backpack:

penguin backpack by canamharris, on Flickr

penguin backpack by canamharris, on Flickr

If anyone is thinking of buying the book, I totally suggest it! (If not just for this backpack!!) The directions make it incredibly easy! I sewed this in one day!
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Mug Rug Swap r2 (SU Closed, Send out 10/17/11) on: September 06, 2011 07:17:27 AM
Is a coaster just to small for your drink but a placemat is just to big? Then you NEED a mug rug!

Mug {rug} by That Girl, That Quilt, on Flickr

Round 1 discussion: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369416.0
Round 1 gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371365

In this swap well be crafting one mug rug for our partners.

- Mug rugs can vary in size and shape but should be roughly around 5 x 8.
- Any techniques can be usedpatchwork, embroidered, knit, etc. but keep in mind that the rug should be able to absorb a bit of moisture and protect surfaces from warm drinks.
- Please only send one completed mug rug. No extras.
- We will not be doing 2 partners this round (hopefully next time).
- Posting to the discussion thread or PMing organizers is required at least every 2 weeks.
- Have fun!!

Swap name: Mug Rug Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Canamharris
Sign-up date range: 9/6/11- 9/17/11
Date to send item by: 10/17/11

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no (Thank you co-organizerBakeneko)

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
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

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer. That would be me, Canamharris

Name of swap: Mug Rug Swap R2
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (as would need to appear for mailing)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

What general themes do you like (vintage, modern, cutesy, country, etc)?
Are there any themes that you really dont like?

Colors youd like to receive?
Colors youd prefer not to receive?

Do you have specific ideas or inspirations that would help your partner personalize your piece (Wists, Etsy Favorites, Flickr, etc)?
Anything else youd like your partner to know?


Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizer and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) I will be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures (This is why it is important for you to take pictures of your items, just in case your partner does not) *Please PM if there is difficulty with pictures.*

lso, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

GALLERY: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391152.0
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mug Rug Round 2?- Signups now open! on: August 26, 2011 07:24:48 AM
Signups are now open for this swap!!!

Mug {rug} by That Girl, That Quilt, on Flickr

Some of you may still remember the awesomeness of the Mug rug swap round 1 hosted by Limeriot. I checked with her and she gave me the go ahead to host round 2 this time. Its been awhile but I personally am in need of some more mug rugs (especially with fall coming up)

What is a mug rug? Its not quiet a coaster, and its not quiet a placemat. Its a place for your mug and snack to rest on while they wait to be consumed. And they are awesome! (Generally they measure somewhere around 5" by 8". But can really be any size and shape)

Round 1 discussion: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369416.0
Round 1 gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371365

This would be my first time hosting a swap as organizer, anyone want to be co organizer with me?

I'm thinking of a good signup date to be Sept 6 and have partners by the 16th. Send outs would be October 14.

Does this sound like fun to anyone else?

Links to ideas/tutorials:
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Yertle the Turtle on: July 31, 2011 09:49:52 AM
This is one of the hoops I made for the Hoopla rnd 5 swap. The theme for that round was monochromatic. My partner (the lovely and talanted sloth003 mentioned that she would love a children's book illustration inspired hoop. After some minor probing it was discovered that she loved the idea of Yertle the Turtle by Doctor Suess. I immediately went to the library and checked out the book and got to work. Whats great about the book is that it was already mostly monochromatic so the inspiration was very easy. I stitched on a grey fabric with shades of blue. I think my favorite part was trying to give the turtles a textured fill look. I made up a bunch of stitches for them. I did also use the long short stitch, french knots, and satin stitch for some of the turtles.

The hoop:

Close up on the turtles:

Close up on Yertle:

(he was my favorite turtle to stitch)

If you want to see what the illustrated version looked like there is an image on this pbs site: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/politicaldrseuss/

I think this piece was definitively one of my favorites because I got to play with my stitches more then normal. It was pretty fun to make each turtle look a little unique. I hope you all enjoy looking at it. (And I hope Sloth enjoys it on her wall!!)

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn Bombing Sightings! on: June 28, 2011 04:04:22 PM
I just moved to rural Alberta and the other day I noticed some awesome yarn bombing that appeared at the Frank Slide here in the crowsnest pass. The Frank slide is Canada's deadlist rock slide and defacing the rocks is illegal (there is a sign telling you this!) The other day as I drove past I noticed 3 of the big rocks looking very colorful. As I got closer I realized they were yarn bombed! I took a pic with my iphone for now. I hope to get a better pic soon.

I'm not a knitter or crocheter but just thought this was to awesome not to share with a crafty community!

I'll update the pic soon as I get a better one. (Notice the 3 rocks towards the top. the actual colors and textures look amazing! climbing up there must have been a feet too!)

I think it would be fun to post random yarn bombing sightings here. So if you have one you want to share, post it! =)
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / transfer help! on: May 05, 2011 05:48:32 PM
I have an idea to write a quote on some dark fabric with a fabric paint pen. I usually just freezer paper transfer stuff but that would be hard with the font I want to try and do (a more handwriting look). Anyone have any suggestions for how to lay out the writing on the fabric so I don't have to try and freehand it? (I have bad handwriting so I don't want it to look like my own writing! I want it to look nice!)

The fabric I'm using is dark like almost black. I do have a light box but don't know if I'll be able to see the writing through the fabric.

Thoughts? Help!

Thanks everyone!
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Little red riding hood (MUG RUG!) on: February 17, 2011 04:27:24 PM
I made this lovely little red riding hood mug rug for the mug rug swap. My partner Craftydiem loves red riding hood so I came up with the idea to create this little beauty. I choose to do her hair auburn color to look a little like Craftydiem's daughter. The backing fabric (not shown sorry) is just a simple red and white flowers with a few blue flowers mixed in.

I loved this little rug and it was so hard to send it off. But I know its found a good home with Craftydiem

Details of red:

Details of the wolf:

Things I learned from this one: when hand stitching applique: use only 1 thread. don't double up (or at least with embroidery thread)
When using heat n bond lite for 4 layers of fabric, the bond will fail and will give you a headache when you try to sew through it. (keep pliers near by!)
Binding isn't as hard as I thought it would be. (I usually don't do this type of binding on quilts)
 I used this tutorial to help me: http://contented.typepad.co.uk/contented/2010/10/mug-rug-tutorial-part-two-binding.html
(however I machine sewed mine instead of hand sewed)

20  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / The Godfather (teacozy) on: January 27, 2011 07:47:19 PM
Last Christmas I made my best friend and her hubby some awesome tea cozies. They were pretty awesome because they were reversible. One side was funny while the other was more company appropriate. This year they asked me to make them another one for a different teapot of theirs. We recently crowned them godparents to our son. They joked around about having a dead horse head on the tea cozy as a tribute to the Godfather. I don't know if they really expected it but that's just what I did!

I was inspired by badbird's "Love of deer" http://www.flickr.com/photos/25483526@N00/2069313606/in/faves-26926343@N06/ with the gore and beauty all mixed together. I took the horse from a pattern in Jenny's craft pad and the flowers were originally at the bottom with a horse shoe. I also learned the fly stitch to attach the piece to the cozy. For the horse I cut out the shape in felt and stitched it to the fabric (I also used a little bonding stuff)

Here is a detailed version:

The backside has this wonderful quote: (this shot was so hard to get! I'm not sure why our new camera hated to get a clear shot of the words!)

And here is the reverse side of the cozy. (Sorry no embroidery there. Just some boring old green fabric that matches the black one.)

I still have to give them the cozy. (Our schedules keep clashing and it wasn't done till a week after Christmas) I hope they like it as much as I do!
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