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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A Bath Mat (Rug) for Simone on: August 17, 2014 11:13:18 AM
A Bath Mat for Simone

Clara and Simone are dolls approximately l11 in height.  In the HP Craftalong, my daughter and I have been crafting for these dolls.  She made a beautiful bed, mattress, sheets, pillows and cases, as well as throw pillows.  I made clothes for Clara and an afghan for Simone.  It is time for both girls to have a throw rug either for the bath or bedside.  

                    
Supplies needed:
   A crochet hook (I used an H for the white mat and a C for the pink one)

   Crochet thread (I used Peaches and Cream 100% cotton for weaving for the white mat)
   A yarn needle (to weave ends in)
   Scissors

Instructions:

Foundation:  ch 9

R1:  sc twice in the second ch from your hook(counts as 3 sc); sc in next 5 chains; 3 sc in next chain (the turn around); sc in other side of the 5 remaining ch; join with slip stitch into top of ch2 (9th chain) (18 stitches)


R2:  ch 1; sc in same stitch(counts as 2 stitches); 2 sc in next stitch; sc in next 6 stitches2 sc in each of next 4 stitches (makes turn around); sc in next 4 stitches; 2 sc in each of next 2 stitches; join with slip stitch into top of ch (26 stitches)


R3:  ch 3 (counts as dc + ch); *dc in next stitch; ch*; repeat from * to end of row; join with slip stitch into 2nd ch of ch 3 (52 stitches)

R4:  ch 1; sc in each dc and ch around mat to end; join (52 stitches)

R5:  ch 1; sc in each stitch around mat to end; join (52 stitches)

Finishing:
 Cut thread off spool and weave ends in using yarn needle.  Steam flat.
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 90 ENTRIES / Marauder's Map Rubic's Cube on: September 09, 2013 07:47:40 PM
I am a member of the HP Craftalong, and our Charms class requires us to craft something pertaining to the HP Marauder's Map.  I have always been a puzzle person so the Rubic's Cube was a natural choice.  The cube measures 2 3/4" each way.  I took off all existing pictures glued on the cube, searched the internet for pictures that represented the map and those things Harry Potter.  After finding the pictures I wanted, I printed them in sizes that would work for my cube.  Then, using Mod Podge, I glued the pictures to all six sides of the cube.  After the sides dried, I gave the cube a coat of Mod Podge over the pictures to protect them.  After this coating dried, I then cut the individual faces into nine parts so that the cube would work. 

I barely got my pictures taken, before my grandson began playing with the cube.


3  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Ravenclaw Book Cover on: August 07, 2013 12:06:59 AM
Well, I could not find the "new post" tab to start a new thread, so  I'm not at all sure how to post in this section of Craftster (I hang out at Hogwarts in the HP Craft Along... but here goes.  I will start with our normal method.

Challenge:  10th Anniversary Cross-Category-Challenge
House: Ravenclaw
Ravenclaw extra credit would normally be given for Herbology since the fibers used were all natural fibers - cotton.
I am normally a shy person, not prone to talking to everyone and showing off what I have done... but Craftster has changed that.  I looked at so many people crafting so many different things that  I finally started believing I could too!  Craftster has enabled me to craft things like a HP port key from an old loafer and lots of HP pictures I was able to mod podge on, after painting the shoe blue.  I have taken an old pair of linen slacks and made pillows featuring the 9 3/4 station in London, as well as Ollivanders, makers of fine wands.  
The following is my tribute to Ravenclaw, one of the houses at Hogwarts, and my dgd, who reads so much that her books' covers become badly worn and in need of repair.

This first picture shows the supplies I used: a mini cone each of royal blue and bronze perle cotton, a 16 inch Cricket rigid heddle loom, some cardboard to add stiffness to the covers of the book, and the poor book she was reading.
I warped the loom using a pattern of 2 light followed by 2 dark, repeated across the loom so I could have enough width to cover the height of the book along with seam allowances.

The second photo shows the cloth as it came off the loom.  I now needed to fit the cloth to the book.  I did not use a pattern, choosing to measure the book, add seam allowances, pin the cloth in place and try inserting the book in the pinned cover (numerous times) to make sure it would fit without having to undo anything.
Grin
The fourth picture shows the completed book cover from the outside and the fifth picture shows the book cover inside.  You can see that the cover extends far enough over the book cover so as to protect it.  
I cut the cardboard into 2 pieces, each the size of the cover (measured on the inside).  They were slid into place between the book cover (on the inside) and the cloth cover.  This helps keep the actual book cover  from tearing.

Now if I can just figure out how to post a link in HP Craftalong to this posting.
Thank you all for being an inspiration to me.
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