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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Needle Minder Tutorial on: January 19, 2015 07:02:29 AM
Yay I'm so glad you all like it! Thanks for the nice comments Smiley
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 18, 2015 06:51:48 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mushroom Needle Minder
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437736.0
Brief Description: I made another small (fits inside a matchbox!) needle minder this weekend. I stitched a little mushroom on it. I also made a tutorial on how you can make your own. See the Project Page Link above Smiley
Project Picture:




33  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Needle Minder Tutorial on: January 18, 2015 05:53:27 PM
If you are anything like me then you lose your needle no less than 100 times per stitching session. It's been a source of constant frustration for me in the past. Last week I discovered a wonderful little creation called a needle minder:



 It sits on your fabric and looks adorable, and also holds your needle when you aren't using it! I'm sure many of you hardcore needle-crafters already know about these, but I figured there might be some others out there who haven't heard Smiley

Luckily it's super easy to make your own. Here are the supplies you will need to make a felt needle minder:



Wool Felt (I get mine on Etsy)
Scissors
Embroidery floss
Embroidery needle
Small ceramic magnets
Ballpoint pen

First I cut a piece of felt to an appropriate size for my magnet, making sure to leave a large enough seam allowance for stitching up. Then also a back piece.



Then using the ballpoint pen I drew my design directly onto my felt.



Then I stitched my design. You could also use fabric paints or pens!



Okay, I'm all done! Man, that was fast  Wink



Now it's time to stitch it together! I used a blanket all the way around stopping to leave about a 3/4 - 1 inch opening like this:



And then I popped one magnet inside the opening and continued stitching until I came to the end. Then you need a second magnet like this:



To use the needle minder take the back magnet off and place it behind your fabric. Then set your needle minder on top of the fabric and let the power of magnetism do all the work!



Now enjoy your stitching knowing that you won't drop your needle into the couch or shaggy rug a billion times. This is my first tute so I apologize if it's lacking. If further explanation is needed, just ask. And if you need help with the blanket stitch I highly recommend YouTube. It's one of those things you really need to see demonstrated Smiley Enjoy!



34  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Finished my Game of Thrones project! Map of Westeros with house sigils on: January 18, 2015 09:51:42 AM
Very impressive!! I love this!
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 17, 2015 04:19:23 PM
AugustBell OMG THAT IS SO COOL! I've never heard of a needle minder before, but I think I might need one now! With an 10-month-old and a puppy in the house, I really can't afford to lose needles!

Seriously, it's making my life so much easier when stitching! I just bought a pack of those little round ceramic magnets at the craft store for it. Super easy!
36  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: I Love Harry Potter - OTHPT Valentines Swap (SENDOUTS Feb 7) on: January 17, 2015 04:14:58 PM
Yippee! Here comes the stalking!
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 17, 2015 11:17:38 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Kitty Needle Minder
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I used wool felt to create this needle minder for my cross stitch and embroidery projects. I am constantly losing my needles when stitching, so I was so pumped to find out about needle minders. There's a magnet inside the cat that attaches to the fabric via another magnet behind it and then I can stick my needle on there. Fun!
Project Picture:

38  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: I Love Harry Potter - OTHPT Valentines Swap (SU Jan 7-17; SO Feb 7) on: January 16, 2015 11:09:09 AM
I'm so pumped for partners!
39  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: I Love Harry Potter - OTHPT Valentines Swap (SU Jan 7-17; SO Feb 7) on: January 14, 2015 01:49:41 PM
Woohoo! I'm so glad to see more participants jumping onboard!
40  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Frosted Pumpkin Gingerbread Lane (and other patterns)Stitch Along on: January 10, 2015 05:27:00 PM
I love this cute pattern! I just started my first cross stitch project today and it's the Frosted Pumpkin's Woodland Sampler. I'm very excited about it!
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