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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Peacock, a Fox, a Hummingbird, and a Cat on: July 09, 2012 09:46:05 AM
For the Felt Badge Swap Round 2, I crafted up a bunch of badges that I'm only right now realizing are all animal related. All of them are roughly 3x3 inches.

First there's this whitecollar peacock, who's coffee cup says "Thank Isis It's Friday":



Then a Fox camofauged into an autumn leaf (and holding a leaf in its mouth, leaf-ception!):



A hummingbird entwined with a flower:



And last (but not least!) this cat, who in my mind embodies the epitome of a fat, fluffy, arrogantly adorable kitty:



I also stitched a little green heart onto the back of all of the badges, just to make them a little more personalized:

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Good Omens Swap? on: May 19, 2012 08:54:43 AM

Last Fall I brought up the idea of a Good Omens Swap. A lot of people were interested, but because it was so close to the holidays, most people had their schedules full. Instead, I organized a Good Omens One Tiny Thing Swap (here is the discussion and gallery for that) and promised to organize a bigger swap over the summer. Anyone still interested?
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Evil Corporation Swap Round 2? on: May 19, 2012 08:18:39 AM
I was the supreme leader organizer of the first "I Want to Work for an Evil Corporation" swap. It was a lot of fun and some really cool crafts came out of it! Grin I was wondering if anyone might be interested in a round two? If there is interest, I could start signups soon! Here are links to Round One's Discussion and Round One's Gallery.


Here is a more detailed description of the swap from the round one discussion:

" Have you ever found yourself watching a movie or TV show, playing a video game, reading a book or comic, or listening to a concept album that features an evil company and thought It would be so fun to work there! or This place doesn't sound that evil to me. I'd work there. or even Muahahahahaha! I LOVE EEEEEEVIL!!!!!? Then this swap is for you!

Participants list three companies theyd love to work for and get paired with a compatible coworker. You can choose a company from a preexisting work, but you also have the option of creating your own company. You and your coworker will make each other crafts based on their preferred companies. Things like plushies of characters that work for the company are okay, but its better to concentrate on items that simulate actually working there. Things like ID cards, company coffee cups, T-shirts with the company slogan on them, uniforms, rank or insignia patches, inspirational propoganda posters, performance reviews from their boss, flyers for the company picnic, a safety first sign with the number of days since the company's last industrial accident, a dashboard pass for the best corporate parking spaces, keychains with the company logo, an employee cafeteria menu, a badge for access to the most top secret rooms, a notebook with the corporate logo, employee development plans, stock certificates, lapel pins, business cards and anything else that makes your partner feel like they actually work there! You can give crafts based on multiple companies (could you imagine the epic evil mergers?) or just concentrate on one. "

I would also like to add that, while the official name of the swap is the "I Want to Work for an Evil Corporation Swap", non-corporations are welcome. You can craft for an Evil Guild, an Evil Law Firm, or even an Evil Post Office, as long as people are doing evil in an organized manner, this swap is for you!

So, anyone interested?

ETA: For those in need of evil inspiration, here is a list of evil companies on wikipedia. (Thanks to thefett for this link!)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Anthropologie Inspired Apron With Tute! (pic heavy) on: February 01, 2012 08:35:03 PM

For the Craft This Tote Round 2 Swap my partner wanted an apron, and said she loved Anthropologie's aprons, so after examining their selection and choosing a few to take inspiration from ( this apron for the color scheme and general design and this apron for the pockets) I began to look at some patterns online. I wasn'’t entirely happy with them, so I started drafting my pattern and ended up with this:

 

Ta da! (The sunlight sort of makes the ruffles invisible here, but my partner posted better pictures of them on the tote gallery here )



Here it is with a poofy 50’s petticoat



Side with petti



Back with petti

The top is just some white fabric I had around (probably originally a sheet from the Salvation Army because I’m cheap thrifty like that) and the skirt is some upholstery fabric I inherited from my grandmother.

Details Time!



Pocket.



Waistband where I joined the fabric.



Ruffles.

But how to make this apron for yourself? Behold, a tutorial!



Note that the patterns are not proportionate to one another as depicted in the above picture, and that the dotted arrows  on some pieces show the pattern “direction” I used.

First, cut out all of your pieces. I forgot to put in the neck ties, which should be two 20” by 6” rectangles. I made the skirt, pockets, and waistband out of patterned fabric, and the top, ruffles, and ties out of white fabric. You will also need 40” of seam tape.

Sew your waist ties and neck ties. Do this by folding them in half and sewing along the long side and one short side, then turning them inside out and ironing them. I made the ends of mine rounded, but they could be made square or pointed.

Take your three ruffle pieces and hem them on both long sides 1/3 inch. Then sew a straight line of thread down the middle of the ruffles to gather them. To facilitate gathering use the lowest tension and largest straight stiches on your machine, or use a gathering foot if you have one. (I folded my ruffle pieces in half and ironed them so that they had a crease in the middle, which helped me sew the gathering line straight.)

Gather the ruffles to half their original length and pin them onto one of the apron top pieces so that one is in the middle and the other two are on each side. Sew (with normal tension and length) the ruffles to the top piece down the gathering lines.

Take your neck ties and baste or pin them to the top of the apron top piece. Lay the other top piece on top (with the straps and ruffles sandwiched in between the two top pieces) and sew up the sides and top of the pieces. Turn it inside out and sew along the sides and top again to secure the shape and fortify the straps.

Take your waistband and lay it right side down over the ruffled side of your apron top so that the bottom of the top and the long side of the waistband line up (note: the waistband will be longer than the apron top, so try to make sure the amount of “extra” waistband on each side is even) and sew them together.

Sew pocket A to pocket B, right sides out, and sew ¼ inch along the two longest sides of pocket B. Turn the pocket inside out and sew ½ inch along the largest sides again. It might help to think of this part as a French seam that stays inside out. Then line up the diagonal side of pocket B with one of the diagonal corners of the apron skirt so that the right sides face each other and sew along the diagonal. Turn the pocket around so that the pocket A lines up with the sides of the apron skirt. See picture below for a hopefully more understandable explanation of this part.



Do the other pocket this way. Make sure, if you have a directional pattern, that both pocket A pieces are facing the same way (I got one pocket scales up, another scales down, the first time I put the pockets on. : / Learn from my mistakes!) Pin the inner corners of your pockets into the apron skirt and hand stich a tiny stich to keep them in place (see below picture for what that looked like on my apron) If your stich is small and it matches the color of your skirt well, it will be nearly invisible but keep your pockets well behaved.



Now sew a gathering stich across the top of the apron skirt in between the pockets and gather it to the length of the waistband. Pin the apron skirt to the waistband with their right sides facing and sew them together.

Take two 20” seam tapes and sew them to cover up the raw seams where the apron top and skirt meet the waistband.  Iron them so they both face inward (see pictures bellow for what that looks like, it’s weird to explain) then sew them into place.



Baste the waist ties to the edges of the waistband and hem the bottom of the apron skirt ½ inch. Then, treating the entire skirt (including pockets and waistband) as one whole rectangle, hem the sides ½ inch. This hem covers the raw sides of the apron skirt piece, closes the third side of the pocket, and secures the waistbands. The fabric will be very thick at places, go slowly and use a strong needle!

Enjoy your new apron!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / One Tiny Good Omens Thing Swap Gallery on: November 19, 2011 06:19:44 AM
Discussion Board: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=392556.0
Post your Good Omens swag here! With any luck, we will all get something as stylish as Aziraphale.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Good Omens Thing Swap (SO 12/17/11) on: October 11, 2011 09:08:53 AM
One Tiny Good Omens Thing Swap (SIGNUP: 10/11/11-11/02/11, SENDOUT: 12/17/11)
Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395764.msg4684294#msg4684294


Swap name: One Tiny Good Omens Thing Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Interrobam
Sign-up date range: 10/11/11 - 11/02/11
Date to send item by: 12/10/11

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25
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



DETAILS OF SWAP:
This swap is for one tiny thing (a craft with the approximate dimensions of 4"x4"x4") based on the book Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. You are required to make OTT, but you are allowed to craft extras. To join the swap please send me a PM with a completed questionnaire and "OTGOT Swap" or "OTTGO Swap" in the title.


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: One Tiny Good Omens Thing Swap (OTGOT Swap)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address INCLUDING COUNTRY:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Do you understand that you must PM the organizer when you send and receive?
Do you understand that you must get a DC# for packages sent within the US and a receipt scan for packages sent internationally, and that you must send these to the organizer?
Are you at least 16 years old or, if not, do you have moderator approval?

Would you be willing to participate in a round robin if an odd number of crafters sign up?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your house (pets, smoke ect)?
What kind of crafts do you make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
Is there anything you dont want to receive?
What kinds of colors/fabrics/patterns do you like?
What kinds of colors/fabrics/patterns do you dislike?
Do you have a Pintrest or Wist ( if so, please provide links)?

Who are your favorite Good Omens characters?
What are your favorite Good Omens quotes?
Anything else you particularly love about Good Omens?
Do you plan to make more than OTT for this swap?
Do you like any other Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett works?
Anything else you want your partner/organizer to know?

Arrangements:
Interrobam (Org) <> lelila
Trekky <> rrrat
burstofpanties <> ashgraykitsune
Vekiki > thebakersgirl > Bakeneko > Vekiki

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / OTT Good Omens Swap? on: September 27, 2011 02:23:10 PM

I'd be willing to organize if anyone is interested.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / When does a package become 'missing?' on: September 19, 2011 12:58:23 PM
Pretty much what the topic says. If a package is sent with a legitimate DC#, but it hasn't arrived at its destination in the time you thought it would, how long do you wait for it to arrive until you declare it a lost package?
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Companion Cube Hoop on: August 15, 2011 07:05:16 PM

An embroidery hoop commemorating the untimely incineration of the faithful Companion Cube from Portal, made for my partner in the Portal & Friends Swap. The text reads as follows:

"Not in cruelty
Not in wrath
The REAPER came today
An ANGEL visited
this gray path
And took the cube away"

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / GLaDOS Purse on: August 15, 2011 06:58:07 PM
I made this purse for my partner in the Portal & Friends Swap. It's shape was based on one from her wist, and the GLaDOS stencil is of my own design. It was a freezer paper stencil that didn't go as planned (the paint was watery and it made the edges a bit blurry) but I ended up liking it because the staticy, pixelated look went with the Portal theme.



An angle better showing the print:



Close up on the design, showing the 'pixelated' look:



My sister modeling the purse:

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