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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: Today at 07:09:41 AM
House; ravenclaw
What could be better during a long hot walk than a dip in a lake? I made this on-the-go swim kit by sewing together two travel towels to make carry pockets, and added a little sunshine sashiko for decoration!
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~Setting up Fall Semester 2014~ *DO NOT POST HERE* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 28, 2014 04:38:34 AM
Potions Dungeon
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We'd do our homework, but first I think we need to read page 394 again...
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 21, 2014 04:08:16 PM
It's midnight here, but you American guys are behind us in timezones so I can still sneak a quidditch project under the wire! Why so late, I hear you ask? because it took me 5 HOURS (!!!!) to graft 92 stitches all day today, but i am proud to report that this is my first truly successful (ie not horrific looking) seam graft! Huzzah!

Challenge: quidditch beaters
House: Raveclawsome
This is a double layered hat, requiring a pair of exactly matching hats to be knit (the loop at top joins them, so you knit one, then go straight into making the i-cord leaving a small hole by the base... then you take your working yarn through the hole and knit another hat inside out... then graft)

The hat is effectively a klein bottle, and this one has stripe that follow the numbers of e (you have to be a pretty big maths nerd to think that's cool. But if you think that's cool, then I think you're super cool)

the i-cord will also function as a button loop to hold the back of the hat down, which I saw on a 'goblin hat' on pinterest and have adjusted my pattern to include as I thought it was cute. However this hat doesn't currently have a button as I want the recipient to wear it while I sort out placement since I reckon his head is bigger than mine. I can't do that yet since it's a surprise birthday pressie.

You guys totally want to see my grafting, huh? Cheesy

Class: Alchemy
House: ravenclaw
This ipod case is basically 2 TM patches sewn together; the front one features little my floating down in a rainstorm with her umbrella, and the back is a vintage button to hold the closing flap down
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4  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by noodle-bug on: August 18, 2014 05:51:35 PM
patches from both my partners arrived today!

I have to apologise that these are rubbish photos, but I just don't have any light here and I'm going away with no internet connection until the end of the week so i didn't want to make you guys wait. If my partners want to post better photos please go ahead

first up, from Golden sunshine...

look at that dinky little applique minion! Googly eyes are always brilliant

I just love the range of techniques and textures: felt applique, fabric printing, fabric painting, buttons, glittery bits, aforesaid googelly eyes Cheesy
I know you took a lot of time and care to work with my themes, thank you so much!

and from quaggy...
these are bigger patches, I can't get them into one group shot at all (i think i need a new camera)

how gorgeous are these charms? they compliment each other so well

what I really love about these is the clarity of the design ideas, they are really clear and really beautifully executed Cheesy thank you also for the generous inclusion of all those fabrics!
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 18, 2014 05:33:43 PM
bit of a project dump coming up... Wink

(photos will be edited in form my phone asap, so sorry if you've stumbled on my post before i manage to edit them in)

Challenge: Quidditch Flacking
Project: fake sausage casserole
I'm veggie, but don't often bother with quorn 'fake meats'... but my friend served a quorn sausage casserole when I went for dinner a few weeks and I had to have a go myself.

serves 4 (generously)
chop 2 onions & a pile of garlic, fry. Add to a big saucepan with a tin of tomatoes including juice, a tin of chick peas, chopped carrots, a chopped celery, 3 chopped peppers, 8 chopped quorn sausages, a glass of red wine, a squirt of tomato puree, a splash of tabasco sauce, and salt & pepper. Simmer over a low heat stirring occasionally for about an hour. Nice served with chunky bread slices to mop up sauce!

this is really yummy, and being quorn is fairly healthy too... but if you eat as much of it as I did you'll still be wearing it on your hips and belly... off to the quidditch pitch to run laps I think...

challenge: Quidditch bumphing
Project; blackberry & almond chocolates
On a walk, I found a whole lane of blackberry bushes with perfectly ripe, untouched berries! I ate a fair amount on the way home, but saved enough to make myself a little snack...

since it was an impromptu thing, I hadn't really planned anything and the only moulds I could find were these hans solo ones Cheesy not ideal (they are too small really with such chunky fillings), but did the job. chop a large handful of almonds and threw them into 200g of melted milk chocolate with about the same amount of berries. Mix and pour into moulds, then into the fridge. Perfect as a half time treat!

challenge: quidditch stooging
Project; hexies, of course
what else?

challenge; Quidditch blatching
Project: TM patches
these patches for my swap partner include patchworking, embroidery, and hand sewing skills

challenge: Quidditch chaser
Project: TM patches
each of these little patches for my other swap partner took about a show for me to complete between cues, which is around an hour & a half of active craft time Smiley
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6  exit, pursued by a bear in Needlework: Completed Projects by noodle-bug on: August 10, 2014 12:20:25 PM

I wasn't sure if this would work when i started, but I'm really pleased with how it came out.

The bear is drawn & stitched onto chiffon. I sketched in heavy pencil on the bottom layer, then added 2 more layers of fabric and sew back-stitch through all layers for the anatomy of the bear, then added another layer and sew split stitch though all of it for the outline

I coffee stained the center of the paper, then backed it with chiffon scraps to stabilise it. Then i but the middle out of a blank canvas, and sew the paper into the hole... Then a couple of hidden stitches to hold the bear on top, and it was done Cheesy

I am pleased with this mostly because it's so different from my usual style - i was really challenged by a swap partners themes & style, one of the reasons i love swaps here is because they broaden your crafting horizons!
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 10, 2014 11:47:07 AM
Audiobooks are great to keep mind busy while fingers work (i sometimes find that with tv i watch the screen too much for accurate crafting!). We can get them in libraries here, on cd. Plus that way you have to get up every hour or so to change disk - lets you stretch out fingers.

I've been away on holiday and got loads of craft time....

Challenge; quidditch blurting
House; ravenclaw
Craft: instead of locks hexies!
I was on a narrowboat holiday, and on the first day managed to fall into a lock whilst trying to climb up it! Could have been nasty but very luckily i escaped with just big bruises on my thighs .... This picture of them a week after the fall gives an idea how bad they were!
I was fine but obviously couldn't push the lock gates closed (they ate really heavy and you need to push with your legs) for a couple of days, so my friend of stuck doing most of that work himself. Instead, i stayed on the boat making hexies ... Thus, un-locking-hexies!

Challenge; quidditch keeper
House; ravenclaw
Project; another Headscarf
I started thus straight after my owl entralac Headscarf, since i felt i could do better now i had more practice. There's still plenty of mistakes, but i found making a 'teir' at a time helped me keep straight in my mind what part of the repeating pattern i was supposed to very on, so it's a definite improvement!

Challenge; quiddditch broomstick
House; ravenclaw
Project; beehive tea-cozy
Whats more comforting than a cup of tea?! It helps cushion us from the realities of life!

Class; flying
House; ravenclaw
Project; bear embroidery
The bear and page of text background are supposed to appear to be hovering in the frame
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8  Re: Hoopla Swap R11: Words With or Without Words - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by noodle-bug on: July 29, 2014 07:25:01 AM
My hoop from psyche arrived, and it's great - she's completely hit the bail obvs the head with my style preference (in terms of style and design - stitches i like, colours and using negative space) to make something that feels really made especially for me.
My "quote" was a question mark ...
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: July 27, 2014 07:16:49 AM
OWL Completed!
subject: DADA
Project: entralac headband
phew! It's done Cheesy
I've had to go back and start again, unpick and rewind so many times - the pattern is a reasonably simple repeat but I kept getting lost as to what section I was supposed to be doing! I also had to learn new skills; picking up knitwise & purlwise, the make one stitch, turning work part way through rows (is that what people mean when they say 'short rows'?), the ssk stitch, the psso stitch...
any way, I'm pleased with the result (modelled here on my knee to show the cross over at the top, and then a side shot that gives a better idea of the entralac pattern)

class: arithmancy
house: ravenclaw
project: 81 hexies
9 x 9 = 81 Cheesy
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: July 26, 2014 04:06:59 PM
Congrats Pottermouth on being picked as a featured project Smiley well deserved!

mahoosive project dump ahead (and this is only the stuff that isn't for swaps...)

Challenge: July detention
House: ravenclaw!
So I actually decoupaged these plant pots of my friends garden a couple of weeks ago, one sunday sat crafting and getting sunburnt together... but it took a stupid amount of time to get to the shop for waterproof sealer, so they are only just finished up.... ah well Smiley

Challenge: Quidditch penalty; haversacking
likewise, WIP plant pot Smiley

Challenge: House pride
House: 'clawesome
Project: a blue & bookish plant pot!

Challenge: Bean - Blue raspberry
House: Ravenclaw
Plant pots are supposed to be terracotta coloured, right? Or at least nice restful natural shades... Not this one, it's bright red on top and cartoony on bottom Cheesy

Challenge: Quidditch penalty, snitching
house: ravenclaw
This wedding card is my first ever papercut (the papercut can be lifted out of the card to frame or as a keepsake) which is rather different from what I normally do. Also, I made this as part of a class, which is definitely out of my comfort zone as I am quite shy and find it hard to go to things like that on my own (part of the reason I go is to try to meet people with similar hobbies, but I've never yet been brave enough to strike up conversion with any other attendees!)
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