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41  French Knot Additive Color Wheel in Needlework: Completed Projects by kaz814 on: November 27, 2012 03:07:30 PM
For the Stocking Swap, my partner, the lovely jexxican, said that she liked French Knots.  In perusing her Pinterest, I saw that she also liked the color wheel - and not just any color wheel, but the additive/subtractive color wheels.  I chose the additive and made it out of French knots.



It took me a while to do (I think the hoop is 5 or 6 inches), but I adore the texture of it and how it turned out!
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42  Shrinky-Dink buttons in Completed Projects by kaz814 on: November 26, 2012 03:51:26 PM
Well, for the Stocking Swap, I saw that the lovely jexxican had a few awesome images pinned, as well as a cool tute for shrinky dink buttons.  I could hardly wait to start.



and




were the final products.  I used paper punches and a hole puncher to get them uniform.  They were SO much fun to make!
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43  Machine Embroidered Mitten Ornament in Winter Holidays by kaz814 on: November 26, 2012 03:47:24 PM
Well, I'm still learning how to work my machine embroiderer and this is my most favorite project yet.



It uses cut work (little blades on the needle that cut the fabric) and it was so fun to do.  Or really, so fun to watch the machine do.  Cheesy

I'm thinking I'll make two next time and have the ribbon link the two together - you know, like mittens used to have that long piece of yarn to hold the two together through the sleeves so you wouldn't lose one?
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44  Grill Notebook in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by kaz814 on: November 20, 2012 04:44:40 PM
I made the following notebook cover for a friend's hubby.  It really underscored how important having good thread is because halfway through I used a cruddy orange and it got all messed up so I had to start over!



I think it turned out pretty nicely, though! 
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45  Snowflake Ornament in Winter Holidays by kaz814 on: November 03, 2012 07:04:31 PM
Tonight, I cracked open my machine embroidery stuff and went to town.  Or rather, I made one ornament.  There was a steep learning curve, since this is my first machine embroidery cutwork ornament, but it didn't turn out too poorly.  I plan on keeping this one, since it was a first attempt, and using what I've learned to improve on future ornaments.

Anyway, here it is:



And with a business card so you can see the size (though I guess my hand in the previous one also showed that.)




I'm still working on figuring out how to get the edges as neat as I want them to be.   Any comments and criticism is very much welcomed!
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46  Cutwork question in Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions by kaz814 on: November 03, 2012 07:01:12 PM
Hi all!

Tonight I ventured into the world of cutwork.  My project came out okay, though it was a definite learning experience.  I know some of the things I need to do differently next time, but I would like advice if anyone is experienced with cutwork. (Really, if you've done it more than once, you've got more experience than I do!)



I don't know if you can see, but the satin edging doesn't completely cover the edges.  Is that because I didn't trim it closely enough?

Also, I used tearaway stabilizer and some double sided tape (I know - not the best) since I didn't have any fabric glue sticks in my house.  Do you think that had anything to do with it?

I do know that the ribbon I chose for it was not the right choice - it's too lumpy and didn't finish properly at the top.  Live and learn, eh?

Anyway, any advice on making this look neater/more finished would be greatly appreciated!
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47  Ongoing Holiday List Swap Round 9 Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: October 31, 2012 07:01:42 PM


Post pics of your goodies and have any discussion here!


Original Swap
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48  Ongoing Holiday List Swap Round 9 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by kaz814 on: October 31, 2012 07:00:47 PM






Swap Info
Swap name: Ongoing Holiday Gift List Round
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Sign-up date range:  November 1, 2012 - November 17, 2012
Date to send item by: 2 weeks from claim
Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes
You must be over 18 years of age.  

Organizer Notes
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
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old
- 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


Welcome to the Ongoing Holiday Gift List Swap! Round 9


This the place to help your fellow Craftster narrow down their holiday gift lists.  This swap welcomes every winter holiday including Christmas, Hanukah/Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, etc.  If you want a handmade holiday for your friends and family, this is the place to get help on your list.  From grandma to your own kids, your lists can include almost anyone in your life that you might need a little help crafting for - even yourself!.   Please read through this initial post carefully before joining and PM me with any questions.

How it works:

This swap will work in an ongoing format.  The first person in the swap will post a list of handmade items that they would like.  The participants then look through the list and if they can fulfill that particular wish, they claim that person for that item and post their own list for the next person to claim them.  This works like a chain.  Person A is claimed by Person B, Person B is claimed by Person C, etc.  You must claim to be claimed and only one person can claim another at a time.  

Each FOC can have up to 3 outstanding claims at a time.  A non-FOC craftster gets two claims at a time.  A new swapper can have 1 claim at a time.  Once one of your claim is received and the organizer is notified, you may claim again.  

What is on the list:

Each participant can post as many size medium requests as they would like in their list.  Please try to post a minimum of 10 items you would like so there is a variety and a better chance of not stalling the swap.  You may post larges or smalls as well, but please realize that to fulfill the swap requirements, you are only required to claim and send a medium.  This swap will be for handmade items only.  Organizing your list by crafting medium is a good idea to help other participants find something on your list that they are good at, but is not required.  Please note that because these are holiday wishes we are filling, items should be your absolute best quality.  

How to make your list:

Please format your list to have an introduction that lets us know a little more about you, such as your name, your general location, etc.  Please format your wishes so that each participant has a clear idea as to what you are looking for.  Posting links is highly advisable.  It is also a great idea to provide participants with as much relevant information on the gift recipient as possible.  Here is my suggested way for formatting each wish:

<item> <recipient> <preferences> <link>
<allergies>

Example:  
Doll dress for my daughter.  She prefers pink floral fabric with a velcro or button closure.  Here is one she likes http://URL GOES HERE
Allergies:  Smoke

Including allergies right underneath of each wish keeps the allergies in focus.  This is such an important part to consider when claiming someone.  If you format your wishes like this, they will be clear and you are more likely to be claimed quickly.

Making a claim:

Once you make a claim, you must PM the participant that you are claiming for their address and to discuss the item you have claimed to make for them.  Once you make a claim, you are committed to making that item.  Remember, you only have two weeks to complete the item and ship it.  If you choose to send extras, they do not contribute to the size of the claim.  A medium is technically either between 2-3 hours in time, or $20-$30 in supplies/value.  To claim the person who is currently available, respond to their post with I claim <username> for <item claimed for>.  For example, if I were to claim myself to make a hoopla, I would write, I claim kaz814 for a hoopla.  Within that same response, you then post your own list so someone can claim you.  

    
Send Outs:

Just like other ongoing swaps, you will have two weeks from the date of your claim to send out your item.  There are no exceptions.  DC#s will be absolutely required.  If you do not provide a DC#, it will be noted in your feedback.  If you do not provide a DC# and your package gets lost, you will be required to resend.  You must PM the organizers with the DC#/customs# when you send!

Qualifications to Join:

Anyone is free to join under standard Craftster Swap Guidelines.  Due to the time constraints on claims, I reserve the right to deny any Craftster that has a history of lateness.

Receiving packages:

Please PM me as soon as you receive each package.  This is so I can keep track of claims.  Pictures in the gallery are also appreciated.  Some of your fulfilled wishes might inspire other wishes for other participants.

Other important info:

You do not have to message me when you claim a person.  You only have to message them for their address.  Please PM me however when you send your questionnaire, when you send your claim, and when you receive a claim with the title: OHLS 9: questionnaire, OHLS 9: sent!, etc.  Also, Please PM me with any questions you have.

Please do not claim a person until you have been approved for this swap and it is listed in your profile!  Please do not claim a person once one of your claims has been received until the person receiving from you verifies your package arrived and is exactly what you claimed them for. (Unless you have open claim spots, of course!)

Sometimes, a person's list will stall the swap.  When your list has been up for more than 18-24 hours without someone claiming you, please try to add more items to your list so you have a better chance of being claimed.  Remember that it is possible that not all of your items will be claimed.  

There will be a discussion/gallery thread in the Gallery area.  This is an area to give us updates and discuss this swap.  

At the end of the month, whoever is the last on the list will be first on the list for the following month/or the organizer (me!) will be the ending claimer.  You will have to sign up for each additional round that you choose to participate in.  You must be current in the previous round to be accepted to the new round.

This swap is open to international swappers, as well as new swappers.

I reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who is late in previous rounds of this swap.  This is a holiday swap and should be fun!


If you want to participate, here is the information to send to the organizer.  Please have the title of your PM be the name of the swap.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Holiday Gift List Round 9
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Your mailing address:
Have you read the Swap Guidelines and understand how this swap works?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
Are you willing to ship outside of your country?


IMPORTANT: Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6553.0

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZERS VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Come chat with us during the swap and let us know how you're progressing on all of your projects.  You can find our discussion and gallery thread here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416237.0
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49  PBW Featured Projects (July-September 2012) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: October 15, 2012 04:29:11 PM
Here are some of the fabulous projects posted to the Purses, Bags and Wallets boards from July 2012-September 2012, as determined by the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order.  Smiley

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50  Ongoing Holiday List Swap Round 8 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by kaz814 on: September 30, 2012 06:47:13 PM





Swap Info
Swap name: Ongoing Holiday Gift List Round 8
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Sign-up date range:  October 1, 2012 - October 28, 2012
Date to send item by: 2 weeks from claim
Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes
You must be over 18 years of age.  

Organizer Notes
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
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old
- 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


Welcome to the Ongoing Holiday Gift List Swap! Round 8


This the place to help your fellow Craftster narrow down their holiday gift lists.  This swap welcomes every winter holiday including Christmas, Hanukah/Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, etc.  If you want a handmade holiday for your friends and family, this is the place to get help on your list.  From grandma to your own kids, your lists can include almost anyone in your life that you might need a little help crafting for - even yourself!.   Please read through this initial post carefully before joining and PM me with any questions.

How it works:

This swap will work in an ongoing format.  The first person in the swap will post a list of handmade items that they would like.  The participants then look through the list and if they can fulfill that particular wish, they claim that person for that item and post their own list for the next person to claim them.  This works like a chain.  Person A is claimed by Person B, Person B is claimed by Person C, etc.  You must claim to be claimed and only one person can claim another at a time.  

Each FOC can have up to 3 outstanding claims at a time.  A non-FOC craftster gets two claims at a time.  A new swapper can have 1 claim at a time.  Once one of your claim is received and the organizer is notified, you may claim again.  

What is on the list:

Each participant can post as many size medium requests as they would like in their list.  Please try to post a minimum of 10 items you would like so there is a variety and a better chance of not stalling the swap.  You may post larges or smalls as well, but please realize that to fulfill the swap requirements, you are only required to claim and send a medium.  This swap will be for handmade items only.  Organizing your list by crafting medium is a good idea to help other participants find something on your list that they are good at, but is not required.  Please note that because these are holiday wishes we are filling, items should be your absolute best quality.  

How to make your list:

Please format your list to have an introduction that lets us know a little more about you, such as your name, your general location, etc.  Please format your wishes so that each participant has a clear idea as to what you are looking for.  Posting links is highly advisable.  It is also a great idea to provide participants with as much relevant information on the gift recipient as possible.  Here is my suggested way for formatting each wish:

<item> <recipient> <preferences> <link>
<allergies>

Example:  
Doll dress for my daughter.  She prefers pink floral fabric with a velcro or button closure.  Here is one she likes http://URL GOES HERE
Allergies:  Smoke

Including allergies right underneath of each wish keeps the allergies in focus.  This is such an important part to consider when claiming someone.  If you format your wishes like this, they will be clear and you are more likely to be claimed quickly.

Making a claim:

Once you make a claim, you must PM the participant that you are claiming for their address and to discuss the item you have claimed to make for them.  Once you make a claim, you are committed to making that item.  Remember, you only have two weeks to complete the item and ship it.  If you choose to send extras, they do not contribute to the size of the claim.  A medium is technically either between 2-3 hours in time, or $20-$30 in supplies/value.  To claim the person who is currently available, respond to their post with I claim <username> for <item claimed for>.  For example, if I were to claim myself to make socks, I would write, I claim kaz814 for a hoopla.  Within that same response, you then post your own list so someone can claim you.  

    
Send Outs:

Just like other ongoing swaps, you will have two weeks from the date of your claim to send out your item.  There are no exceptions.  DC#s will be absolutely required.  If you do not provide a DC#, it will be noted in your feedback.  If you do not provide a DC# and your package gets lost, you will be required to resend.  You must PM the organizers with the DC#/customs# when you send!

Qualifications to Join:

Anyone is free to join under standard Craftster Swap Guidelines.  Due to the time constraints on claims, I reserve the right to deny any Craftster that has a history of lateness.

Receiving packages:

Please PM me as soon as you receive each package.  This is so I can keep track of claims.  Pictures in the gallery are also appreciated.  Some of your fulfilled wishes might inspire other wishes for other participants.

Other important info:

You do not have to message me when you claim a person.  You only have to message them for their address.  Please PM me however when you send your questionnaire, when you send your claim, and when you receive a claim with the title: OHLS 8: questionnaire, OHLS 8: sent!, etc.  Also, Please PM me with any questions you have.

Please do not claim a person until you have been approved for this swap and it is listed in your profile!  Please do not claim a person once one of your claims has been received until the person receiving from you verifies your package arrived and is exactly what you claimed them for. (Unless you have open claim spots, of course!)

Sometimes, a person's list will stall the swap.  When your list has been up for more than 18-24 hours without someone claiming you, please try to add more items to your list so you have a better chance of being claimed.  Remember that it is possible that not all of your items will be claimed.  

There will be a discussion/gallery thread in the Gallery area.  This is an area to give us updates and discuss this swap.  

At the end of the month, whoever is the last on the list will be first on the list for the following month/or the organizer (me!) will be the ending claimer.  You will have to sign up for each additional round that you choose to participate in.  You must be current in the previous round to be accepted to the new round.

This swap is open to international swappers, as well as new swappers.

I reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who is late in previous rounds of this swap.  This is a holiday swap and should be fun!


If you want to participate, here is the information to send to the organizer.  Please have the title of your PM be the name of the swap.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Holiday Gift List Round 8
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Your mailing address:
Have you read the Swap Guidelines and understand how this swap works?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
Are you willing to ship outside of your country?


IMPORTANT: Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6553.0

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZERS VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Come chat with us during the swap and let us know how you're progressing on all of your projects.  You can find our discussion and gallery thread here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=414933.0
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