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11  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 22, 2016 03:59:51 AM
I didn't like my first smart phone either (I'd rather have a standard phone, but since my mum's company lets us have old company phones when they update, we just use what they're finished with). But now I like it - the key for me was finding useful apps that really help me and use the phones tech to the most advantage, so now I don't feel it's so wasteful Smiley

Please don't Pinterest these, Pinterest fairy! They're for swaps and not yet received!

Class: astronomy
House: ravenclaw
Project: Fibonacci sunflower
Felt and french knots. A lot of french knots!

Class: flying
House: ravenclaw
Project: tm patches
One redshifted galaxy, one gay pride triangle - both tiny!

Challenge: headmistress challenge June
House: ravenclaw
Project: tea-rex
The only semester of the HPC I didn't take part in was the first one - summer 2012. So for this challenge I went back to that semester Smiley the CoMC challenge was to craft based a magical creature - so I created a tea drinking, top hat wearing dinosaur Cheesy
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12  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 20, 2016 10:19:28 AM
Special SPEW Challenge!

So, in October Tom and I will spend a few days volunteering in the Calais Refugee 'Jungle' - we'll mostly be distributing food, and maybe spending some time teaching English. (Because this hasn't been officially declared by the French government as a refugee camp, none of the larger charities like Oxfam/red cross/ect are allowed to help there. All of the aid is being organized by small scale community efforts and volunteers)

 I am also planning on knitting up some hats to take as gifts - which got me thinking; how amazing would it be to take out a bag of HPC made goodies to give out. I'm sure we all know that giving handmade items is giving a piece of love - I hope to show some people in hard, dehumanising circumstances that they are valued as people, and that others are thinking of them.

To which end, I am announcing a special SPEW challenge; I'll be accepting donations of any crafted winter clothing (hats, gloves, ect) and bedding (pillow cases, blankets ect). You'll get the standard 15 points for a challenge, plus the 10 extra spew points! If you decide to send extra items, you can claim spew points on them, and also convince with a standard class/challenge if you'd like Cheesy

I'll be putting tags on all the items saying they come with love from The HPC, so if you wanted to add a note of your own too that would be lovely!

Please post your makes here as normal - and PM me for my address to post

This challenge finishes September 31st (end of this semester) and I leave for France a few days after that so please allow postage time!!

I completely realize that not everyone can craft for Spew, or chooses to do so. I realize that not everyone would like to join in with this challenge and that is fine! Please enjoy the HPC as and when works for you, there is no pressure to join in with any given HPC challenge Cheesy

I'm in the UK so I also realize that postage costs will be an issue for some - in which case I encourage you to find a local project to you to donate instead to if you can Cheesy

(PS if there if a volunteer to design a badge for this challenge I would appreciate it, since I don't have any software to make one!!)
Thank you Mistress Jennie for our awesome challenge badge!
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13  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 16, 2016 03:56:56 AM
Class: DADA
House: ravenclaw
The long green 'fingers' of this blanket square are kinda grindylow-ish Smiley 

This stitch is called 'textured tiles' but it looks more like weaving to me Smiley
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14  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 09, 2016 03:55:29 PM
Quick project dump!

Class: Divination
House: ravenclaw
Project: paper girls postcard
This week's art challenge! A copy of the cover of Paper Girls graphic novel - and my first time using watercolours (I've only used watercolour pencils before). It's 2 pieces - a watercolor pencil drawing cut out and mounted onto a background. There's problems with it, but it's a good starting point

Challenge: floo emerald city
House: ravenclaw
Project: conjoined patches
These TM patches are too small really to use individually, but joined together they are useful and it was interesting to see how (un)successful I would be at free-hand sewn circles!!!  Plus the colours definitely set each off and make each other look their best!

Class: Herbology
House: ravenclaw
Project: practice patches
My friend is working on a quilt at the minute, and accidentally cut a whole load of tiny 1 inch squares instead of 1.5 inches (she misread the pattern) - I offered to make lemonade from get lemons by issued the too small bits for tm patch practice in the run up to a swap Smiley since I hadn't made any in ages I wanted a refresh on best practices - you can see that they get better as I go along (top yellow was the first one I did, then work around the picture clockwise)! So I'm glad I decided to practice on scrap rather than diving right in on the pieces for my partners
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15  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 07, 2016 03:41:32 PM
OWL submission!

Subject: HoM 2
House: ravenclaw
Project: Tom's Quilt
Well. After a lot of extra confidence building lessons, and a good dollop of ironing....
We're both really pleased with it - I'm so proud of Tom!
(PS - this is what happens when you ask a boy to take an in situ project shot - it's not even pulled out flat!!!)

OWL proposal!
Subject: transfiguration option 3
House: ravenclaw
I'm planning on making my neice's animagus  - a rainbow zebra!
I'm using a pattern, but, predictably I'm changing it! I want to knit it in the round, and also I want the colour change to fade down all elements of the body at once - which means having all the parts (arms, legs, body)  in progress at the same time - I'll basically work a row on each piece in turn - to make sure the colour change on the yarn happens through out
(The pattern knits one element at a time - so you have an arm going blue- green, then a body going green- yellow-orange, then another arm going orange-red. It's cool, but I'm hoping my way will look better and be with the extra fiddliness of all those yarn joins!)

Oh... And I've never knitted a stuffed toy before!
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16  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 30, 2016 01:51:31 PM
Challenge; floo - bangladesh
House: ravenclaw
There's a Japanese below that the person who fills a thousand paper cranes will be given long life, our maybe a wish granted. Well, I don't really believe that, but they are pretty cool. My colleague was saying he'd like to do something in the same way as I knit between ques, and over of the suggestions I made was folding paper cranes - and I mentioned that japanese folklore. He started doing it and golfed about 40! He was away one day so as a surprise for him (and to get them out of the way, they were rather cluttering up the table!) I hung them in our spot room. They look pretty cool, you can't really see in the picture, but because the room is dark your can't see the threads and it looks like a magical flock!

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17  Re: SETTING UP: HP Craftalong - Summer Semester 2016 in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 15, 2016 02:01:55 PM
Potions classroom
Severus Shape Appreciation Society

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18  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 15, 2016 09:01:59 AM
Class: divination
House; ravenclaw
Project: diamonds square
Hmmm... I got confused... I used a deck of playing cards, instead of tarot cards! Do you think my prediction is still valid? I used the suite of diamonds to make this blanket square
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19  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 15, 2016 08:28:07 AM
Completed Owl!

Subject: transfiguration option 2
House: ravenclaw
These look like socks, huh? Well, little do you know! They are also serving as a present, and an apology for party non-attendance Smiley

They are made with zauberball yarn, so they drape like nice men's dress socks, but in funky-pants colours Cheesy

Which inevitably.brings me to...

Owl proposal!

Subject hOM option 2
House: ravenclaw
Project: quilt binding
So, a year later, and Tom.had finally found done fabric he likes for the quilt backing! It's just a plain sheet fabric, but actually it really is a lovely shade, and it's a large enough width that we won't need to add a seam. So more I can pick back up this owl I started and dropped last year Smiley
We already did several weeks with on this owl, mostly main making samples so Tom could see and try different binding & tieing/ quilting methods - I'm hoping with all the practice we should only need a couple more weeks!
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20  Where are Jennie & Noodle? in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 10, 2016 06:07:19 PM
He took a deep breath, scattered the powder into the flames, and stepped forward; the fire felt like a warm breeze; he opened his mouth and immediately swallowed a lot of hot ash.

Mistress Jennie & Deputy Headmistress Noodle-bug are trying to get to Honeydukes, but something has gone wrong.... Where are they?

A Pinch of Floo Powder
Every 2 weeks (usually on a tuesday) A new challenge will be posted, taking us to explore a different place
Students may complete and post a craft based on that theme to earn 15 House Points, and a badge.  Once a new challenge is posted, you have until midnight Central time that day to finish posting the "old" challenge.
As with all things HPC, you are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  They are just a way to inspire your own magical crafting adventures!

keep your elbows tucked in, shut your eyes, dont fidget, dont panic, and take care to get out at the right grate
This week we are in...
Little Whinging
Little Whinging is an archetypal suburb; originally, suburbs came into existence as somewhere for commuters to live. So, in celebration of this travelling spirit, for this challenge you must craft a project whilst away from home. Take your sewing to a coffee shop, do some knitting in the car (not if you're the one driving though!) or collect then collage some found objects on a walk

Previous Floo challenge badges this semester
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