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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2016 07:37:30 AM
2016 Annual DeStash-Along


Macro Threads 4 by nickcummins, on Flickr

Stashes are an inevitable part of the crafting process.  They start out small (that skein of yarn you just had to have, even though you don't know what you are going to make with it) and slowly grow to epic proportions (two fat quarters, three tubes of beads, four yards of corduroy, 5 jars that are too good to recycle, etc. etc. etc).  After a while you may realize that you have enough pipe-cleaners to re-wire your house, and that you can't put your coat away because the hall closet is entirely full of batting, pompoms, and googly eyes.  Non-crafters might see this as a problem, but we see it as a wonderful opportunity for creativity.

Whatever your craft (embroidery, beading, sewing, welding), type of stash (fabric, yarn, bits of string too small to save), or motivation (frugality, boredom, freeing up space for more supplies) we hope you will joint us here as we spend the year shopping our stash to make marvelous things!  There will be monthly themes and challenges to inspire you or be ignored as the spirit moves you, discussions, encouragement, and happy crafting.  We've been doing this since 2009 and had a lot of fun along the way.  We hope you do too!

Previous DeStash-Along Threads can be found here, for more information and inspiration
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2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: December 29, 2015 08:30:14 AM
Claiming my spot - I never post much to the thread itself, but I like to use this space to keep a record of what I've made.
43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: December 29, 2015 08:28:59 AM
TheMistressT - I love that headband (and having serious stash envy for that fabric)

alwaysinmyroom - How do you have time to make so many awesome things?  It's all I can do to get my shoes on the right feet most days?

stillatthetop - Ooh, I like your crafty room idea - it sounds really cozy!

2015 has been an interesting year on the stash front.  I went back and looked at my goals from page 2... Yeah, I achieved none of those.  Roll Eyes Oh well!  My fabric, ribbon, and lace stash ballooned, since I absorbed a bunch of stuff from family and friends, and some purchases of my own.  Yarn remained at a steady state - I added about as many skeins as I used up.  I managed not to buy any more pretty paper (that way madness lies) and even used up more than last year, but it didn't put a noticeable dent in the hoard.  Here's to productive DeStashing in 2016!

I'm working on the 2016 DeStashAlong!  Please let me know if you have any ideas for improvements, themes, or challenges!
44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 21, 2015 01:23:03 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pussy Willow Dress
Brief Description: The print on this dress reminds me of the woods behind my grandparents house in winter, back when I was a kid.  They look very different now (in a not nice way) so it's nice to have that reminder.


Winter Willows by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dotty Dress
Brief Description:  The fabric for this dress is bright red, with even brighter red polka-dots.  On the whole it looks a lot like a strawberry, not that that's a bad thing...


Dotty by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - December
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sweater Stripe Dress
Brief Description: I made enough little Christmas dresses I considered decorating my tree with them in place of ornaments.  After all, they're about the right scale.  In the end, this was one of my favorite "decorations" for my dolls


Sweater Stripes by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Fix-Its
Brief Description: Yes, these are nearly identical to a dress I made last semester.  When I was getting ready to send that dress off I noticed I'd nicked the skirt when I was trimming the seam allowance, and it had been completely hidden in the gathers.  Well, I couldn't send it out like that, so what to do.  Attempt 1(right hand picture) - Picked apart the dress and re-used the bodice and lace with a new skirt piece.  You can't really predict how the motifs are going to fall, and I wasn't really sure I liked it.  Attempt #2 (left hand picture) re-used the original skirt, shortened, with slightly longer lace and a new bodice.  I ended up sending my first attempt off, but I needed to see them side by side to decide which one worked best.  Not how I was expecting to spend my time!



Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pink Checkered Dress
Brief Description: This dress turned out sickeningly sweet, which is an apt description of how you'd feel after eating a ton of treats from Honeydukes and the wash it down with some tea and pastries from Madame Puddifoots.


Pink Checkers by Trillian, on Flickr

45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: December 10, 2015 01:07:12 PM
Hello All

I am so sorry for being Missing in Action since August.  I got sucked into my etsy shop vortex (which has resulted in the fabric stash growing rather more than I expected) but the DeStashing goes on!  Please excuse the massive project dump as I spam the DeStash projects I've done in the past four or five months.  Only about half the pictures are showing up in my preview (the others are just showing links) but maybe that's a good thing.  It helps avoid picture overload.

On the Knitting Front:




211 So, we finally meet... by Trillian, on Flickr


242 Sleepy Shrug by Trillian, on Flickr


212 Sunset Sweater by Trillian, on Flickr


333 Many Mitts by Trillian, on Flickr

Tunic for Mariah by Trillian, on Flickr


297 Socks! by Trillian, on Flickr

Non Doll Sewing (not that there's much of it)






256 Project Bag by Trillian, on Flickr

And, of course, the doll clothes:


Autumn Print Dress by Trillian, on Flickr




Autumn Rose by Trillian, on Flickr


Pumpkin & Polka Dots by Trillian, on Flickr


Keeping an ear open by Trillian, on Flickr


More Polka Dots! by Trillian, on Flickr


Dots & Stripes by Trillian, on Flickr


Tuesday by Trillian, on Flickr


314 Sweet Calico Update by Trillian, on Flickr


Holly Hearts by Trillian, on Flickr


Holly Stripes by Trillian, on Flickr


Dotty by Trillian, on Flickr

Whew!  That's a lot.  And the year's not over yet!  I promise not to get so far behind in the future so I don't bombard you with quite so many projects at once.

46  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: December 01, 2015 06:05:41 AM
December Themes


Crochet Snowflakes by Kristin Roach, on Flickr

Color: Silver
Pattern: Snowflakes
For: Your Home
Challenge: Take a deep breath, step back, and marvel at all the wonderful things you've made from your stash this year.  How did you do on your goals from January?  How has you stash changed and evolved?  What was your favorite part of the DeStash-Along this year, and how can it be improved for next year?

47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: November 30, 2015 07:48:12 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Winter Wonderland Dresses
Brief Description:  I sewed 19 doll dresses during the first 20 days of November, in addition to my usual evening social obligations.  This was a much bigger undertaking than anything I'd tried before.  The last four dresses I sewed were four sparkly little snowflake dresses, all in one sitting.  They're pretty small individually, but it definitely felt like a big project.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC Extra Credit
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Holly Stripes
Brief Description: I got the fabric for this dress from my mother's fabric stash.  I used to love going through that box when I was a kid, and it was nice to see some old favorite scraps as I was digging through on my quest for Christmas fabric.


Holly Stripes by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - October
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pizzelles!
Brief Description:  I've never had pizzelles at a tea party, but I imagine they would go quite well.  I made a batch with my mom and my grandmother when I was visiting for Thanksgiving, since I don't have an iron of my own.  My car smelled of anise all the way home - it was marvelous.

This link has pretty much word for word my Nana's (great grandmother's) recipe.  Nothing particularly sacred or secret about it.  We used a new brand of anise extract this time though that wasn't quite up to snuff.  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/9947/pizzelles-ii/  


331 Pizzelles by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: PS #10
Team: Knights of the Flaming Moonfish
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: More Mitts
Brief Description: After finishing up my mitts for PS #5 I still had half a ball of yarn and no idea what to do with it, so I just kept going and made a second set.  I make my good friend Kathleen a pair of mitts nearly every Fall, and this year she and her boyfriend can have (more or less) matching pairs to get them through the Ohio winter.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Slytherin Soiree Autumn Masquerade Ball
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Christmas Plaid
Brief Description:  Something made out of fabric?  I can do that!


Variations on a Theme by Trillian, on Flickr
48  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: SETTING UP FOR: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: November 28, 2015 09:38:47 PM
Flying Around
49  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: November 22, 2015 08:58:29 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Leftovers
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dotty Dress
Brief Description:  This silver & blue dress is made from binding scraps of the Owl quilt I made during spring semester this year.  I needed something wintery that wasn't Christmas, and these two colors seemed to fit the bill nicely.


Dotty by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Christmas Stripes
Brief Description: The interesting thing about working with stripes on such a small scale is a lot of them get lost in the gathers of the skirt.  This means that while a fabric may have a lot of different colors and patterns, you only really get to see little peeks and pops of some of the narrower stripes at the hems, such as the snowflakes on the dress with the green bodice.


Two Cuties! by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Holly Hearts
Brief Description: Green, a little bit of red, but sadly no apples.  Pretty much my favorite Christmas dress I've made so far.  I found the fabric scrap in my mom's stash, but she can't remember what it was for originally, so it wouldn't work for the leftover bean.


Holly Hearts by Trillian, on Flickr
50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: November 18, 2015 10:50:34 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Calico & Ric-rac
Brief Description: This project fulfills the "repair" portion of the response.  I really wasn't too keen on this fabric originally, but with some ric-rac trim it turned out quite well.  Unfortunately, when I was trimming some threads I cut into the skirt.  Oh No!  I unpicked all the hand sewn ric-rac (I didn't have enough extra pink trim to waste), made another skirt, and was back on track.  A powerful lesson not to let your scissors slip!


314 Sweet Calico Update by Trillian, on Flickr

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