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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 02, 2016 07:19:07 AM
March Themes

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

Color: Green
For: A significant other or loved one
Pattern: Pinstripes
Inspiration: Games
Challenge #1: Finish off the oldest WIP you can find in your stash
Challenge #2: Go green in the other sense - craft something with recycled materials or that can substitute for a disposable product.
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: March 01, 2016 11:52:52 AM
Woohoo new semester!

I don't know how everyone else keeps track of assignments, but I've been really struggling since I switched from my composition notebook "planner" to my pocket moleskine.  I tried Google Keep last semester but that didn't go so well.  Apparently I'm a pen & paper person at heart.

With that in mind, I typed up all the Assignment and Challenge prompts.  In Word I can get almost everything on one sheet of paper printed front and back (narrow margins, landscape orientation, two columns), which I can then fold up into the back of my notebook and scribble on at will.  I uploaded the no-frills version into a google doc in case anyone else would like a copy to format for their own planners.

The document can be found HERE.  I'll continue to update it with new beans and challenges as they appear throughout the semester.  If you've got any suggestions for improvements or corrections, feel free to leave a comment.
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: March 01, 2016 07:53:50 AM
Flying Classroom

Buttons by Sharon Drummond, on Flickr

Muggles seem to think that flying involves buttons.  The first hot air balloon created by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783 was made using 1,800 buttons.  Even today you will find an intimidating number of buttons in the cockpit of muggle aeroplanes.*  Their fascination with buttons in flight is somewhat bizarre to those of us who fly by other means, but in the spirit of cross cultural understanding, let us embrace the button!  Please craft something that uses buttons in its design or construction, or is inspired by buttons in some other way.

*My Muggle born colleagues inform me that these aren't the same kind of buttons.  This just adds to the confusion!

Completed Work
Moonflame's Spring Hat for Pippa
ErinAquaheart's Penelope the Sock Monster
calliemae's Toddler Purse
TechnicolorAquahearts' Sock Monster
tiamatfire's Button Booties
jennleahlynn's Mother's Day Card
midkiffsjoy's Town Dress
gaudiknight's Purple Sweater
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 on: February 29, 2016 07:47:21 PM
OWL Subject & Option: Alchemy, Option 2
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Alchemy (Odd) Socks
Project Page Link: Tracks by OzKnitter
Brief Description: These socks are made with a yarn composed of three strands of self-striping yarn plied together.  Although they are made from the same dye-lot the two socks don't really look much alike because of how the strands came together.  There's a lot of fire and air in one sock, while the other is a little bit more earth/water.  I finished them up last night and wore them today since I had no other clean socks.

35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 on: February 29, 2016 05:28:08 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Pear
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Vintage Dress
Brief Description: Made out of an (off)white scrap with pink flowers and yellow butterflies.  (I hope this is all right to include, I actually finished it a little while ago but couldn't find a prompt to use it with.)

Hello Harper! by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Ritz Rolo Combo
Brief Description: If I'm going to drink tea, then I need something sweet to go with it.  One of the quickest and easiest sweets you can make are Ritz Rolo Combos.  Basically you line a cookie sheet* with ritz crackers, put an unwrapped rolo on each, and stick it in a warm oven for three or four minutes until the rolo starts to melt.  Then you can take the pan out of the oven and pop another ritz cracker on top.  With my dinky little oven the whole process takes me about 35 minutes for a batch, and clean-up is minimal to non-existant.  The ones pictured here are double stuffed - I actually prefer the crackers to the rolos and made the mistake of snacking while the second sheet was melting in the oven.  I ran out of lids!

*be sure it's a lipped cookie sheet not one with flat sides... Ask me how I learned this.

50/365 Ritz Rolo Combo by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against Dark Arts
SPEW: Ryan's Case for Smiles
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Snowmen Pillowcase
Project Page Link: Case for Smiles
Brief Description: I found a bunch of old Christmas fabric in my stash.  As with all novelty fabric that I don't know what to do with, I turned it into a pillowcase.  I may have to wait a few months to donate it given the seasonal theme, but it turned out really cute.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - January
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Teagan's Sweater
Project Page Link: Wovenflame's Minifee Pullover
Brief Description: Sweater for a new-to-me doll made with leftover sock yarn.  I absolutely love how it turned out.

Sweater Weather by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - February
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dandelion Dress
Brief Description: My friend KT is my cheerleader whenever I'm sewing dresses.  We tend to hang out on gchat most evenings, and she is always throwing out suggestions of what colors I should use next.  Usually it's something I don't have on hand in the quantity needed (my stash doesn't have much in the way of aqua or orange or most of her favorite colors) but for once I had the color she wanted - Yellow!  She then proceeded to distract me with links to sloths and interesting lizards for the rest of the night as I tried to sew Smiley

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pink Coat
Project Page Link: link to pattern
Brief Description: When one is trying a new pattern one often does a "rough draft" round in muslin or scraps before cutting into the good fabric.  I was sizing up a much smaller pattern to make my doll a winter coat, so I wanted to see what it would look like before I invested too much in materials.  Now I know that when I make the final version (which at this point will probably be for next winter) I need to lengthen the sleeves and re-draft the front corners so they aren't quite so pointy.

20/365 Pink by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Scrap Boxes
Brief Description: As part of re-organizing my fabric stash (here's a before picture) I separated all my scraps that were smaller than a FQ, sorted them by color, and stored them in some plastic shoe boxes I had liberated from someone else's downsizing project.  Now when I'm making a batch of doll dresses it is easy to see what I have in a particular color and I also know where to put left-overs from larger pieces of fabric.  Before the scraps were put back into the same bin/box/pile their parent fabric had come from and it made finding usable pieces rather hard.  Top to bottom left to right we have white/brown/purple (actually "other" might be a better name for this box), muslin for linings, pink/red, and blue/green.

36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: February 19, 2016 12:35:55 PM
That sweater is too cute! Button holes are a PITA but the loops look like they were meant to be there.  It's nice to have that extra bit of peach.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blue Shrug
Brief Description: I love how delightfully skwishy garter stitch is.  This little doll sweater uses a few rows of garter stitch as edging - not much, but still enough to squeeze.

Blue by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Toast
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Folk Art Hearts
Brief Description: When I visited my good friend Kathleen in Ohio she dragged me along to a vintage clothing shop and helped me raid their scrap bin for bits and pieces that could be used for doll clothes.  I'm pretty sure this fabric used to be part of a shirt - you could see the shape of the arm scythe and there were still a few stubborn threads hanging on where they'd picked apart the seams.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pink Spots
Brief Description: If there are pink panthers it stands to reason there are probably pink leopards too.  They are quite elusive and are definitely magical to remain so well hidden.  I was quite surprised to find a fabric based on their markings in a Muggle shop, given that there have been no reported sightings in the Wizard World for nearly a century.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Goodie Bags
Brief Description: Muggle and Wizard children typically give each other small treats at Valentines Day and I wanted to give a little something to my student workers.  My budget wouldn't stretch to buy enough chocolate to make a regular sized paper bag seem reasonable or to buy small favor bags, so I made my own out of scrapbook paper and washi tape.  There were 20 all told, but I don't have a picture of the full batch.

41/365 Valentines Treats by Trillian, on Flickr

37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: February 18, 2016 01:10:40 PM
ErinAquaheart - I love the riot of colors going on in your Valentines!  Scrappy DeStashing at its best!

As I was going through my finished projects for the past few months trying to figure out how to squeeze in some class prompts for the Harry Potter CraftAlong out of them, I realized I had never posted any of them here.  So prepare yourself for a massive DeStash Dump of Doom!

(Warning - there be massive amounts of doll clothes ahead)


Cute as a Button! by Trillian, on Flickr
Natural & Navy by Trillian, on Flickr

Reworked this dress to add lace at the hem:

Twirling by Trillian, on Flickr

Tiny Doll Sized Shrug:

14 Something Small by Trillian, on Flickr

Fussy cut the heck out of this fabric to avoid the giant poodles and Eiffel Towers:

20/365 Pink by Trillian, on Flickr

36" Square Lapghan:

Black & White by Trillian, on Flickr


Sweater Weather by Trillian, on Flickr
Angles by Trillian, on Flickr
Stripes by Trillian, on Flickr

All but two projects this year have been from stash (well, all but one if you consider the one I made using my mother's stash).  I did have a moment of weakness/forgetfulness and added a yard worth of remnants to the stash back in January.  Whoops!
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: February 11, 2016 08:15:39 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Sprouts
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Beep Beep Dress
Brief Description: Both tiny and green.  The purple and the green paired surprisingly well together.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Time Traveler Tunic
Project Page Link: Sized up this pattern
Brief Description: Stashbusting some old sock yarn.  Although the top half of this tunic is knit back-and-forth, for the skirt portion you just go around and around and around. 

Stripes by Trillian, on Flickr
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: February 04, 2016 06:24:37 PM
OWL Subject & Option: Alchemy Option 2
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Alchemy Socks
Brief Description: Having finished my Potions NEWT I was casting about for a new knitting project and stumbled upon some great sock yarn in my stash.  It features a twist of green (earth) blue (water) orange (fire) and sunshine yellow (let's call that air) fibers.  Since it takes me about a month to finish a pair of socks, I would like to propose these as my next OWL with colors representing the four elements.  As Dumbledore says, one can never have enough socks.
40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: February 01, 2016 07:18:18 AM
February Themes

Sewing Kit by Justin Shearer, on Flickr

Color: Red
For: The Kitchen or Eating
Pattern: Polka Dots
Inspriation: Hearts and Love
Challenge #1: You've probably run across some items in your stash that you know you aren't ever going to use and that it perfectly OK.  Take those things to the goodwill or keep an eye out for a local group that could give new life to your crafty cast-offs.
Challenge #2: With your leaner, meaner stash you may want to start consolidating and re-organizing your craft area.  Please share progress pictures or organizational inspiration you've found.
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