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131  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Colorsuckr swap? on: July 20, 2011 08:52:18 AM

This is the most fabulous tool ever. EVER.  It takes images and pulls color schemes for you!!   Check it out : http://colorsuckr.com/?img=http%3A%2F%2Ffarm6.static.flickr.com%2F5101%2F5678860886_44e0cc68c3.jpg

Now that you've seen it in action, How about a Colorsuckr Swap?  The basic idea is to give your partner an image or a few images, then you take it to the colorsuckr tool and craft an item for your partner in the color schemes given to you!

I probably wont be able to organize this, or participate but we were talking about it in the FOC boards, and I thought I'd put the idea out here.


132  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stitching quotes from How I Met Your Mother on: July 11, 2011 10:37:10 AM
This first one isn't directly from HIMYM, but was inspired by the episode where barney tries to do everything on the list.  the "I'm to old" list.
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I don't remember which episode it was, but I loved when Barney said this, so I stitched it up Smiley

Funny story on this one.  Notice the purple blotch on the bottom?  yeah.  That was caused by one of my children digging out my iron and coloring on the heating plate. I posted for ideas of how to get rid of it, but hubby said "This is the perfect opportunity to put that quote into action.  Stop being sad about it and be awesome instead"  Well said darling. So there remains the mess.

Hope  you enjoy my latest hoops!
133  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 64 ENTRIES / Secret keeper Faery on: July 02, 2011 08:14:03 PM
Check her out!  She's at the CHA show in the big ol' Chicago. (Which is way farther then I've ever been.....)
She's been Needlefelted, appliqued, has stumpwork wings, has beads throughout her hair and she has an M&M's minis tube in her to keep you secrets.  I found the cute little arms and legs at tinythingsarecute.com.   

Proof that she can keep your secrets!

Hope you like her!  I sure miss her and can't wait to have her back sitting on my shelf.  But I'm so happy that she'll be seen by many  Smiley
134  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for upcoming Felting Challenge! on: June 20, 2011 12:22:34 PM

Hey there Felty folks!
What say you to a felting challenge?  ( I hear a resounding yes yes yes!!!! Grin) But before we can go into detail over it, I need to hear some suggestions as to theme.  Here are my ideas:

-Inspired by a picture, but the same picture, not one you have, so we'd all be using the same inspiration.  Any item could be created using any felting technique.
-Nuno felting
-Needle felted monsters/ animals/people
-Color scheme themed (monochromatic, complementary etc...)

What do you think?
135  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Secret Keeper Faery on: June 07, 2011 03:02:23 PM
This little lady was inspired by the M&M's mini's tubes swap.  Take a tube and alter in some way.  And while she is sitting there, you can't see that she is made with one in her core.   
Her face is needlefelted, her wings are stumpwork embroidery, her dress is a sleeve of an old shirt(lace) and the torso of another old shirt (blue under dress).  She is stuffed and I found her fabulous little arms and legs at tinythingsarecute.com.

A few different angles:

Proof that she can keep your secrets!

She's off to the CHA media show in Chicago, so if you are in the area and are going, you can check her out in person!
136  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Sheep to Shawl Challenge! Enter Sept 2 - 8, 2011! on: June 02, 2011 08:10:32 PM
Calling all die hard spinners! Let's have a Sheep to Shawl Challenge!

September 2, 2011 -- Enter now!  Post your entry as a NEW TOPIC here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=468.0

The sheep to shawl challenge will run from June 2nd- September 1st with the entries due from September 2nd- 8th.

For this challenge you must:
  • Take a naked (natural) roving or fleece and dye it
  • spin it
  • knit/crochet/weave/other-fabric-making-technique it into a Shawl or shrug.

 If you choose to change around the process a bit,  (ie. spin/dye/knit, or spin/crochet/dye) that is fine too.  You must have all 3 steps though.

Prizes for this challenge will be announced at a later date, but you bet there's going to be fiber!

A 15$ gift certificate to Larkspur Funny Farm Etsy! Clicky here to check out the fabulous things Grace has in shop!

Answers to questions:
Do we only have to post pics of the final product or also of the process? (the process is probaly the most interesting Cheesy)

In progress shot would be great!  To have proof that you did it all yourself, at least 4 pics, showing the beginning to end.

Yeah, so do we post progress shots here or what? How is the winner chosen?

Progress shots would go in a thread you start at the end of the challenge.  Either I'll get them to make me a folder, or I'll get you guys to post them in the spinning completed Projects board with "Sheep to Shawl" in the title.

There will be a poll at the end and it will be a vote to decide the winner Smiley
137  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / eek! crayon on my iron! on: May 30, 2011 09:51:56 AM
So apparently one of my children went into my craft room and decided that coloring on my iron was a good idea???  I don't know why, but it must have been fun.   Anyway, this is the resultant disaster:

How on earth can I recover this?  it's been ironed in there now, so there's nothing I can do but maybe color the rest of the cloth?   Not exactly what I was going for at all... but I really really hate to have to scrap this!  I've been working on it for a week, only to pretty much have it destroyed as I'm getting ready to frame it.  Help, please!
138  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster Ninni and Taggy blanket on: May 19, 2011 06:50:53 PM
A friend of mine had a baby, and although she said "please no gifts!" I couldn't not give baby something.  Grin

This is my version of the Monster Ninni.  Isn't she cute? I saw the swap, and knew i didn't really want more stuffies in my house, but I needed to make one.  So Baby got it!

back side with wonderful ribbon I found on clearance at Micheals.

And a taggy blanket.  She was happy to see this one, it was one of her older kids favorite things, but they weren't ready to give theirs up.  I'm glad I could make her youngest one one.  

thanks for looking!
139  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Sheep to Shawl challenge? on: May 18, 2011 06:45:22 AM
Hey folks! I was wondering if any of you had interest in a "Sheep to shawl" type challenge.
The parameters would be:
Start with naked (natural) roving, or if you should choose, a fleece - I know some people don't like to clean fleeces, which is why natural roving would be acceptable.
then dye your wool.
then spin your wool
then using knit, crochet, or weaving, (or if you can come up with another nifty way to make fabric with your yarn) create something wearable.
  Like a shawl or sweater.

I realize this is a lot of work, so the time line would probably run over the summer months, starting in June, ending at the beginning of September.   And if this is successful, we'll do one in January to!
140  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby quilt on: May 14, 2011 07:23:39 PM
I finally finished this! it's only been a year in the making! LOL

Just some rectangles sewn in strips and sewn together.  Quilted in the stitch in the ditch method directly onto some fleece.  took it easy peasy for my first real quilt!:)

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