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71  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: December 24, 2012 12:05:06 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride:Dec. Detention
Project Name: Pink, blue, and black granny square scarf
Brief Description: I have had this stack of granny squares sitting around forever! It's about time I did my time in detention and finished this project. To finish the project I had to join all the squares and crochet a border around the whole thing, AND weave in so many ends!
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72  A Small Series of Koi Fish Paintings, Now with another set made by ErinAquaheart in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by TechnicolorAquahearts on: December 23, 2012 12:20:52 PM
My Girlfriend (ErinAquaheart) is working on a giant project involving painting a large floor as a koi pond. Watching her made me want to try and paint some of my own koi fish. This little series of three paintings is my result. (sorry the pic is a tiny but blurry)

**My Girlfriend posted hers on this thread they are on page 2, make sure to check them out too!**
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73  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: December 23, 2012 12:15:03 PM
ErinAquaheart is working on a big project dealing with koi fish and her work inspired me to paint my own koi fish series.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
Project Name:A series of three koi fish
Brief Description: The number 3 is truly a magic number any artist knows that visual grouping look awesome in 3's So I made a series of 3 koi paintings. They illustrate tranquility and give a visual cue of balance because they are in a group of three.
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74  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: December 19, 2012 07:03:37 AM
Last night ErinAquaheart, my mom and I got up to some extra curricular activities! We had a harry potter movie marathon crafting party and we made special snacks. I made butter beer, and butterscotch brooms. We also had Dragon Fire Dip, Hot and Spicy Dragon Eggs, Crone Claws, and gummy slugs. It was super fun! Now I will explain what all of that stuff is in muggle terms: Dragon Fire Dip: Sweet and Hot Jalapeno jelly served of cream cheese, Hot and Spicy Dragon Eggs: Spicy olives and Garlic cloves from the olive bar at the store, Crone Claws: Seasoned pita chips that we got at a local deli that looked like long sharp fingernails, As for the gummy slugs we were just lucky to find them at the store from the Wonka brand. The butter beer and butterscotch brooms, I have recipes for and here they are:
Butter Beer:
        Note: this is a hot verson of the drink.
1 liter of cream soda
1 small container of cool whip
1 cup of non dairy creamer powder
2 Table spoons of vanilla
1 Table spoon of rum extract or you could add real rum to taste if you wanted to make this a grown up butter beer.
1Table spoon or butter flavoring, (I used the wilton kind meant for icing)
1/4 cup butterscotch syrup
marshmallow cream
1/4 tsp salt

Combine everything accept for the marshmallow cream in a large sauce pan and heat until everything dissolves and forms a uniform texture. Once the mixture is to the temperature you are comfortable with for a hot drink, ladle into mugs, top with a dollop of marshmallow cream, a drizzle of butterscotch and a sprinkle of salt.

Butterscotch brooms:
1 bag of butterscotch chips
1 bag of crunchy chinese noodles
some table spoons of milk
Pretzel rods, or pocky

Melt butterscotch chips in a pan adding milk one table spoon at a time to aid in the melting (you only want as much milk as you need because you want them to harden, I probably ended up using 3 or four tablespoons, the less the better though) Once butterscotch chips are completely melted poor in crunchy chinese noodles a little at a time and stir until you have a good ratio of noodle to butterscotch (all the noodles generously covered without pools of extra butterscotch ) spoon out lumps of the covered noodles onto wax paper and insert your pretzel rod or pocky stick into the center, it will take some manipulating to get the stick to stand up. Once you have all of your brooms on the wax paper refrigerate for 1 hour to make sure they are set. There is an alternative to the butterscotch if you want a more winter holiday type treat and that is instead of butterscotch chips use white chocolate chips and add a tiny bit of peppermint flavoring, and use peppermint sticks for the broom stick and then you have peppermint brooms!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: house unity
Project Name: Home made wizarding treats for a movie marathon/crafting party
Brief Description: See recipes above, I believe this homework project fits the house unity challenge because everyone was welcome to the party and everyone was welcome to the treats. All the houses use brooms and drink butter beer if nothing else that is something they have in common. AND I am pleased to announce that my mom (MommaAquaheart) will be joining craftster and enrolling in hogwarts today!! As I said in a previous post, a family that crafts together laughs together. She has been so excited for us as we complete our projects and research our assignments, but has been to shy to join, so I finally convinced her! I am so excited to get her to try new things! She would like to be a Gryffindor.

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75  Alchemy inspired ATC set with hand beaded and embroidered case in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by TechnicolorAquahearts on: December 18, 2012 07:18:26 AM
I have recently been studying alchemy for some art work that I am working on and I was inspired to make this ATC set. The front of the case is beaded with a burst of four different colors symbolizing four stages of alchemy: The blackening, The Whitening, The yellowing, and The reddening. On the back of the case I embroidered the alchemical symbols for earth, air, water, and fire. The ATCs on the inside are all color studies for the elements of earth, water, air, and fire. I used lots of different media to create this: Felt, beads, embroidery floss, colored pencil, acrylic paint, water color paint, metallic guache, and sparkle glaze. It was mainly an exploration of color and media to get me rolling on some bigger projects.

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76  Hand Stitched Felt Owl Pins / Brooches in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by TechnicolorAquahearts on: December 18, 2012 07:10:54 AM
Not to long ago I made a tutorial for these and posted it on the Needlework board. (I never know where to post these since they are jewelry, needlework, and sewing in general.) I made three more of them this time experimenting with some bolder colors and patterns, I am pretty pleased with the result.

Here is a process pic:

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77  Sequined Elf Ornament, (A family that crafts together laughs together!) in Winter Holidays by TechnicolorAquahearts on: December 18, 2012 06:58:43 AM
I made this ornament with my family. Crafting together is a tradition for us. Not only do we create fun projects, but also great memories! I made this elf ornament, my girlfriend (ErinAquaheart on craftster) made a Snowman one, and my mom made a Santa one. Here is mine:

In this pic you can't tell, but they are actually thick disks with blue felt on the front and back and red ribbon covering the sides. They are very whimsical and sparkly!
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78  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: December 18, 2012 06:48:39 AM
I finally have some more homework to turn in!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Geminio
Project Name:Felt Owl Pin Trio
Brief Description: After drafting a pattern for a hand stitched owl pin for Transfiguration, I decided I wanted to see what other colors and patterns I could conjure up. So after getting creative with my wand waving I came up with some glittery colors, and some check and damask patterned owls. I repeated the pattern three more times.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
Project Name:Alchemy Inspiration and Meditation Card Set
Brief Description: After studying a little bit about alchemy for my OWL I am working on I realized that alchemy is not just the study of how to create gold, but it contains beautiful philosophies on how to maximize yourself as a person and get the best out of your existence. There are the physical processes of alchemy, but those same processes can be symbolic. They symbolize a process by which people create and go through a cycle of death and rebirth in order to constantly improve themselves. With that in mind I made a set of Artist's Trading Cards and a matching case to use as inspiration and meditation for my own alchemical transformation. On the pouch you will see I beaded a burst using grey for the blackening, white for the whitening, yellow for the yellowing, and red for the reddening. I used black glittery felt for the pouch because it reminded me of the universe. On the back, on the flap, I embroidered the alchemical symbols for earth, air, water, and fire. The cards inside are color studies for Earth, Air, Wind, and fire.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:The Study of Ancient Runes
Project Name:Sequined Elf Ornament
Brief Description: This project fits into the assignment for the study of ancient runes because it commemorates the Christmas of 2012 by being the product of a craft that my family and Made together. I made this elf ornament, ErinAquaheart made a snowman ornament (which I am sure you will see when she posts hers), and MommaAquaheart made a Santa ornament (she is still deciding if she wants to enroll in hogwarts) Making crafts together at Christmas is a tradition in my family and these projects have made some of our best memories. A family that crafts together laughs together!
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79  Re: Felt Owl Brooch From Idea to Finished Project (Tutorial) in Needlework: Completed Projects by TechnicolorAquahearts on: December 09, 2012 07:50:15 AM
Step five: Embellish first!
After you have all your pieces cut out it is important that you applique all of the features to the front piece of your project, in my case the tummy, eyes, and beak of the owl, and embroider all of the decorative stitches on the various parts, again for me that included the feather detail on the wings, the irises of the eyes, and the feather detail on the tummy of my owl. You don't want to have to try and add this stuff when your project is already stuffed, and you want to be able to finish it off hiding all the wrong sides.

Step six: Now its time to begin the assembly of your project for me that means that I am going to stitch the two parts of each wing together and stitch the two parts of the body together leaving a gap in the stitching of the body to add a little bit of stuffing. Now here is where you have a choice. You can add stuffing or you can leave it flat, both look really good, and are good for different things, if you were making a barrette or a headband finishing it off without stuffing might be better for you. The one thing you definitely don't want to do is over stuff a small felt accessory like this. In my experience with making these owls over stuffing them makes it extremely difficult to work with the pin back or barrette on the back. You just want enough stuffing to give it some dimension. Here is a picture of what it would like like if left flat:

Step seven: Finishing up. Lastly we want to sew up the hole we left for stuffing, attach it to whatever finding you chose, and make sure there aren't any stray ends of the thread hanging out. With the owl it is at this stage that I chose to attach the wings. If attached prior to stuffing the stick out weird, if you put them on after you stuff it then you are able to contour them along the body of the owl and they turn out much better that way. I only stitch them on the outside of the owl about a third of the way down because having them a little separate from the body allows them to look more dimensional and like a toy owl. I chose a pin back that had holes on it so I could sew on the pin back instead of having to mess with glue on a small felt object, but glue may be your best bet if you are working with a finding that can't be sewn on. The way you get rid of stray ends it to make sure to leave them long enough when you begin a thread so that you can go back and thread the end onto the needle and plunge it into the center of the stuffed area and lose the end inside of your project. Here is my finished project, I don't have a picture of the back, i should have taken one, but its just a simple pin back sewn on.

Thank you for reading my tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it. Please feel free to ask me any questions, and i would love to see what you make if you use my tutorial!
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80  Felt Owl Brooch From Idea to Finished Project (Tutorial) in Needlework: Completed Projects by TechnicolorAquahearts on: December 09, 2012 06:17:48 AM
First of all let me say that this is my first tutorial so if it is a little disjointed forgive me! Second of all this tutorial is for a project but more than that it is for a design process, if you take the steps of this process and make something completely different than the project featured here than I have done my job well! Of course if you make an owl pin than I will feel successful as well.  Smiley Lastly this tutorial includes pictures of my original pattern, which I don't care if you make an exact copy of what I make, but I will not give you a printable version because the whole point is to go through the entire design process meaning drawing your own pattern, also please do not copy this pattern and sell it.

So let's get started first of all you will need the following tools and materials:
-Paper to plan and draft your pattern on (graph paper is best)
-tracing paper
-straight pins
-embroidery floss 2 colors
-a few sheets of felt in the colors of your choice (I used 5 different colors of felt but you could use as little as two, also the pieces of the project I made are very small so 5 sheets of felt makes many owls making it a very affordable craft)
-a tiny bit of polyfill (optional, will explain later)
-pinback, barrette, anywhere clip, headband or any other finding you choose, in the project I made I used a pinback.
-reference material, this project includes embroidery stitches, very easy to follow directions for embroidery stitches are readily available through a simple google image search for embroidery stitch instructions. you may also want to have a few images of the type of thing you want to design, if you want yours to be a cat or another bird besides an owl, go and fins a few pictures to use as references for your own design.

Step one:
      The first step of any design project whether it be a small one like this or something as complicated as a Broadway theatrical set is making some decisions and writing your decisions down. As a creative person notes are your best friend! So make your decisions:
-What kind of project do you want to make? I chose to make a pin or brooch, The type of project you choose makes a good header for your notes.
-What material do you want to use? I chose felt and embroidery floss
-What theme and color scheme do you want for your project? I chose to make an owl in purple and pink with blue and lavender accent thread
-some other things to include in your notes would be the reference material previously mentioned, any ideas for variations on your project, and any ideas on how many of them you want to make and what you plan on doing with them when you are finished.

Step two: now that we have made all the important decisions to define our project we want to make a rough sketch of what we want our project to look like. We will use this sketch to plan our pattern and identify the parts that need to be included in the pattern, as well as solidify a plan for the details. Here is my technical sketch along with my notes:

Step three: after you make some sketches, and notes, it's time to tighten up your drawing into a pattern. This step takes patience with yourself and you may want to use things like templates or a compass to make circles or ovals. Look at your sketches and identify the basic shapes of your design and draw just those basic shapes. When you draw each part of your design leave the shapes over lapping so that you can see the lines of the shapes underneath, you will need all the lines of the shapes available to trace in different parts even if there are other parts underneath the part you are drawing. Here is a picture of my pattern:

Now that you have your pattern drawn, Identify the separate parts of your project. For the owl I identified the following parts:

-The body, (the background of the owl, I will need two of these one for the front and one for the back)
-The Tummy (I only need to cut this shape once because it is a layer that only appears on the front of the owl.)
-The eyes (cut 2)
-The beak (cut 1)
-The wings (cut 2 of each wing, because I plan to embellish the wings with embroidery stitches I am going to want a felt piece for the front and the back of the wings so that I can hide the back of my stitchery)

Step Four: It's time to trace the pieces of your pattern onto the tracing paper, make sure to follow your list of parts so that you get what you need.

after you trace your pieces pin the tracing paper pieces to your felt and cut your felt pattern pieces out:

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