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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: August 01, 2016 01:42:19 PM
August Themes


Thread by Nedra, on Flickr

Color: Metallic
For: Exterior of your house or your yard
Pattern: Lace
Inspiration: Sea Life
Challenge #1:  The name of the game is nostalgia.  Make a craft from a different time - maybe using a vintage pattern, or a craft that your grandmother taught you to make, or simply a technique you don't see very often these days.
Challenge #2:  If you're like me, you pick up craft supplies as souvenirs on your journeys.  This month work on using up some of those supplies to bring back the memories of places you've visited.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: July 31, 2016 05:19:48 PM
I will probably be posting more today, but just so I can be sure to get in before the deadline...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - July
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Butterfly Sundress
Project Page Link (if available): Made with this pattern.
Brief Description:  Lately it seems that most of my doll related sewing has been shop related and all using more or less the same pattern.  I wanted something special for my newest doll, so I made something just for my own collection using a commercial pattern for a change (well, and adaptation of it, anyway).


3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: July 17, 2016 08:21:42 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Zoo
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pattern Making
Brief Description: I picked up a new friend who's a whole lot bigger than my other dolls and just drawing a bigger line around my old pattern wasn't going to work.  I ended up having to make one up out of whole cloth (or paper-towels, in this case) for the first time, resorting to rulers and tape measures instead of just enlarging it on a photocopier.  The first attempt couldn't go past her wrist.  Second attempt wasn't as bad but she couldn't put down her arms.  Third attempt was decent but still needed a few adjustments before committing it to cloth.  #4 could probably use a few more adjustments, but it's good enough for now.




4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: July 05, 2016 06:46:27 PM
I'm back after a month's absence.  It was spent moving my grandparents into assisted living, and starting the process of clearing out the stuff two pack rats can accumulate when they haven't moved in over 60 years.  Public Service Announcement:  Use your stash!  Or at least keep it organized!  We had to toss so much stuff that was too tangled or just too jumbled to use.

And with that off my chest, on to the massive project dump!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mini Magazines
Project Link: Second part of the project made with this tutorial.
Brief Description: While leafing through the knit picks catalog despairing over the fact that I still haven't finished my NEWT sweater (or was it an OWL?  I don't remember at this point it's been so long) and can't justify buying more sock yarn, I noticed that there were a bunch of pictures arranged in a grid-like pattern.  So of course I had to make my dolls some mini knitting magazines.  They're simple pamphlet bindings with sewing thread.  I wanted a few more books to fill up a bookcase, so I made a batch of fake books from cardboard and a quilting magazine, but I'm not as happy with the results.




Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Alaska
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Daisy Dress
Brief Description: One of the best parts of using stash fabric is you get to remember the other projects made with the same material.  This dress was made with the leftovers from a quilt I made earlier in the year.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Red Calico Dress
Brief Description: Red Red Red



Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sealife Dress
Brief Description: First of all can I just say that I finally joined Pottermore (yes, I know I'm very late to this party) and got sorted into Gryffindor, so I'm having something of an identity crisis at the moment.  Anywho, I chose Hufflepuff for myself despite usually being lumped into Ravenclaw because I like the whimsy, friendship, and resourcefulness in that house.  This dress embodies at least some of those characteristics - I remade an old ratty doll dress that belonged to a friend into something her dolls could actually use.  She'd given me the dress because she couldn't bear to throw it out herself, and it turns out I couldn't do it either.


170/365 Something Fishy by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Captain
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sassafras Sweater
Brief Description: This sweater took some planning to make sure the stripes on the sleeves matched and that they were the same length.  While I usually keep knitting patterns on my ipad I reverted to good old pen and paper to keep track of my rounds.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: July 05, 2016 05:35:36 PM
July Themes

Ubuntu Threads by Phillip  Taylor, on Flickr

Color: Yellow
For: The Bathroom
Pattern: Animal Prints
Inspriation: Patriotic Themes
Challenge 1: How many crafting days left until the gift giving season?  Knock a gift or two out now - but make sure you remember where you store them between now and Christmas.
Challenge 2: Are you taking a vacation this summer?  This is a great opportunity to work on portable projects.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: June 01, 2016 02:38:19 PM
June Themes


Spools of vintage thread:blues by Wendi Dunlap, on Flickr

Color: Blue
For:
Kiddos
Pattern: Checks or Gingham
Inspiration: The great outdoors
Challenge 1: We're on month 6 of destashing.  Take a look at how your stash has evolved and review your beginning of the year goals.  Have things changed?  Do you need to change directions?  Or maybe do a little bit of tidying and organizing in preparation for summer?
Challenge 2: The name of the game is nostalgia.  Make something from a vintage material or pattern, or something that reminds you of the "good old days" whenever they may be.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: SETTING UP: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: May 31, 2016 08:36:23 PM
Flying!


Image from page 39 of "Birds of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks" ([197-?]) by Internet Archive Book Images, on Flickr

During the course of this semester we will be working on our hovering skills.  As part of these exercises we will be studying the hummingbird, an animal which excels at flying in one spot.  While practicing your hovering, please create a project that is very small (3"-5" inches, like most hummingbirds), is red (a color that attracts hummingbirds), or something that requires both speed and precision during its creation.

Completed Assignments
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: May 31, 2016 06:03:03 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - May
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Red and Blue Posies Dress for Pukifee
Brief Description: Finished two of these out of fabric from my Great-Aunt's stash.


Tuesday by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Bangladesh
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blue Sundress for Minifee
Project Page Link: Made with this pattern.
Brief Description: In doing a bit of research for this prompt I discovered that the color blue is associated with the Virgin Mary if you are catholic, often adorns the outside of mosques in Islam, and is associated with meditation in certain types of Judaism.  Or so wikipedia tells me.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: caseforsmiles.org
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Butterfly Pillowcase
Project Page Link: See Link Above
Brief Description: Found this pretty butterfly fabric and the pink border in a massive pile of stash my great-aunt sent to me.  



Edit:  It looks like I'd already completed HoM earlier in the semester.  Can I just submit this as a floating SPEW without class points?

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Two Pukifee Dresses
Brief Description: In the massive stash my Great Aunt gave me I found some very loosely woven homespun cloth and a vintage scrap that still felt like it had sizing in it even after it had been laundered.  I made each into a dress using the same measurements with very different results.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Candy Stripe Dress
Brief Description: While helping my father with a project in the garage I spotted something bright red in one of the boxes of soon-to-be-oil-soaked-rags that he seems to have lying around everywhere.  I pulled it out and found it was an old red and white shirt that he'd decided had gotten too ratty even for working on the car.  I rescued it, washed it, soaked it in oxyclean for an afternoon, washed it again, and then made this dress.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: May 27, 2016 01:41:36 PM
@Moonflame - She's a new face around here (literally - currently sharing a body with Tamsin)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Unseasonal Sweater
Brief Description: This sweater was made with very plain yarn, so it needed a little extra.  Buttons to the rescue!  Now if only it wasn't 90 degrees outside...


Sweater Weather? by Trillian, on Flickr


Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Spring Garden Dress
Brief Description: I just barely managed to squeeze a dress out of this vintage scrap.  It misses Hufflepuff, but pulls in the green of Slytherin, the goldish of Gryffindor, and the orangey bronze of Ravenclaw. 



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cheery Blue Dress
Brief Description: I'm not really sure what the symbol of my soul is, but it probably involves a) the color blue b) something an 8 year old would love and c) stash fabric that I didn't choose myself (I love that my aunties keep giving me their fabric, but I miss being able to buy some form myself occasionally). 


10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: May 23, 2016 06:44:29 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Butterfly Bag
Brief Description: Kings like bling, and this bag is covered in sparkles (none of which show up in the picture, but trust me, they're there).  They may not be monarch butterflies, but they're still pretty regal.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - May Days
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Posy Bag
Brief Description: In parts of the US May Day is celebrated by leaving little baskets of flowers at friends' doors.  This may be a bag instead of a basket, but the sentiment is the same.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Spring Flowers Dress
Brief Description: The color palette and flowers on this dress really remind me of old school disney movies like Bambi.  It's really not my favorite movie at all, but it sure is cute!


Rosalie Makes her Modeling Debut by Trillian, on Flickr
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