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21  ~*Ordinary Wizarding Levels*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 18, 2016 01:48:23 PM
NOTE: Once you propose, please go forth on your Advanced Studies projects.  Your Examiners will PM if they have any inquiries.

~Everything O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s~
---Ordinary Wizarding Levels, OWLs, and Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, NEWTs, are advanced crafting projects.  OWLs and NEWTs are supposed to be more complex and challenging projects.
---OWLs and NEWTs are more time-consuming than HPC classes and challenges.  There is no hard and fast rule on how many hours a project should take, because speed and difficulty levels are too subjective.  What we are really looking for is a project that will be a personal challenge to you.
---OWLs should take 3-4 weeks to complete.
---NEWTs should take more than a month to complete. (Please see post below for more on NEWTs.)
---Projects that do not take the allotted time of crafting will not be counted as complete; keep that in mind when you post your completed OWLs and NEWTs.  If you finish your OWL or NEWT earlier than expected, then craft an additional item(s) that correspond with your subject.  Add notes on how you finished earlier than expected and details about your additional crafting in your Completed Project post.
---You must propose your OWL or NEWT before starting so that we may be your cheerleaders and help encourage you during this more challenging craft adventure.
---You may only do 1 OWL & 1 NEWT at one time.  (Dont want you to be stuck with a ton of OWL & NEWT WIPs!)
---You may propose an OWL or NEWT any time during the semester.
---OWLs and NEWTs can carry over to the next semester.
---If you decide to abandon an OWL or NEWT project, notify your OWL Examiners, and they will erase that log from their records.  Once you have submitted to have an OWL or NEWT erased, you can propose a new one.

1. Select which OWL you would like to complete.  You may only do one OWL at a time so select carefully.
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your OWL project.  You may do this by PM to your OWL Examiners or by posting in the HPC thread.  When making an OWL Proposal, please use the header below, and make sure you give details such as methods using, materials using, plan of action, timeline.  These details will help us cheer you on and inspire future OWLs.
3. Begin work on your OWL project.  Feel free to add progress pics in the HPC thread.
4. Once your project is complete, post a picture of your project in the HPC; make sure to use the OWL Header provided below.  Once you post a completed OWL, your OWL Examiner will notify the Headmistress, and you will earn your OWL Badge for that subject.

OWL Subject & Option(if available):
Project Name:
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)

OWL Subject & Option (if available):
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.

--Alchemy:  Option 1-Alchemists have, through their mystical quests, made significant contributions to our world.  These include metalworking, production of inks, dyes and cosmetics, ceramics and glass manufacture, preparation of extracts and liqueurs and the invention of gunpowder.  Honor the work of these alchemists by creating something from one or more of these contributions.  Option 2-The Four Elements of alchemy are Fire, Earth, Air and Water.  Craft a project that represents all four of these elements.
--Arithmancy: Bridget Wenlock was a famous thirteenth-century Arithmancer, and the first to establish the magical properties of the number seven.  Your OWL quest is to turn in something that involves the number seven.
--Astronomy: Option 1-Craft a star chart.  Option 2-Interpret the solar system into a craft.  Option 3-It is believed that we can only see 5% of the universe, the rest is made up of Dark Matter and Dark Energy which is invisible to us. Create something where at first glance you can only see a small portion, but when you look closer you can find the rest of the details.
--Care of Magical Creatures:  Option 1-Even in the muggle world, we are surrounded by fascinating and breathtaking creatures.  Craft something inspired by an everyday animal you find magical.  Option 2-Dragons are terrifying yet awe-inspiring; craft something inspired by these magical creatures.
--Charms: Research the different charms and show your mastery of a particular charm by crafting something inspired by it.  For example, Alohomora is an opening charm; craft something that open or has an opening.  Another example, Confundus is a confusion charm; craft something you find a bit confusing.
--Defence Against the Dark Arts: Option 1-The patronus is an effective charm against dementors and to call for help when in need, though difficult to master. Craft something using or inspired by your patronus animal.  Option 2-Craft something inspired by one of the DADA professors.
--Divination: Option 1-Create at least 4 items you need for a successful reading.  Option 2-Create a dream item.  Option 3-Create something inspired by the zodiac.
--Herbology:  Research magical and mundane plants, and show your knowledge by creating something inspired by one or more plants that could be found in a wizards or witches garden.
--History of Magic: Option 1-Create 4 different items, one item for each house, these items should reflect your interpretation of the characteristics of each house.  Option 2-Craft 3 items which represent 3 characters with Harry Potter.   Option 3-Craft something using a vintage pattern, material, or technique.
--Muggle Studies: We all know the Tales of Beetle Bard, but did you know that muggles have a vast array of fantastical stories?  The most fascinating are known to muggles as fairy tales.  Study these tales and craft something inspired by them.
--Potions: Option 1- Show off your ability to work with many ingredients by showcasing at least 3 different colors/pattern/textures.  Colors can be monochromatic.  A variegated yarn or one fabric swatch with various colors within it count as one color.  Option 2-Research different potions and show your mastery by crafting something inspired by it.
--Study of Ancient Runes: Option 1-Use an intricate charted design; you may create your own design for this project.  Option 2-Create something that contains 7 or more letters/symbols.  Option 3-Create a set of runes; these can be presented in one or more pieces.
--Transfiguration: Option 1-Practice your vanishing and conjuring spells by taking a large amount of supply and crafting one piece.  Option 2-Craft something with a dual purpose.  Option 3-Craft your Animagus.

Abbeeroad: Transfiguration, Sept. 6, 2013
butterflyangel: Potions, Option 1 July 23, 2014
dwfan10: Arithmancy, Apr. 30, 2013
IsikkahJai: Herbology, Sept. 6, 2012
jenleahlynn: Transfiguration, October 20, 2016
Melissaurus: Divination, Jan. 28, 2013
Mistress Jennie: History of Magic (Option 3), Feb 11, 2014 (On HOLD)
Mistress Jennie : CoCM option 1, Nov 12th 2016
pinkleo: Muggle Studies, Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Transfiguration, Dec. 5, 2013
sakuracat23: Transfiguration, Jan. 22, 2013
spikefan: Transfiguration, Sept. 4, 2012
The Mad Quilter: Transfiguration, Sept. 3, 2013
tiamatfire: Herbology, April 08, 2015
ttsaria: Study of Ancient Runes (PM Proposal), Sept.15, 2012
whenindoubtsew: Care of Magical Creatures, Sept. 23, 2012
whistlefish; Astronomy option 3, July 29th 2016

Acadian Driftwood: Transfiguration, Option 1, September 05, 2014
BringMeKnitting8: Astronomy, Option 2, June 11, 2014
blupaisan: Arithmancy, Jan. 27 2014
CraftLadyMJ: Potions, Option1 (PM Proposal), Mar. 25 2013
fatewineroses; SoAR, June 29th 2016
gaudiknight: Potions, October 26, 2016
jillybeans: Transfiguration, Mar. 27, 2013
J_Kieviet: Transfiguration Option 1, October 24, 2016
Kit the Brave: Arithmancy, Dec. 1, 2012
midkiffsjoy: Divination, June 4, 2013
Moonflame: Transfiguration option 1, Aug 7th 2016
seeuudee: Charms, June 20, 2014

Audania1: Arithmancy, March 01, 2014
AugustBell: Transfiguration, Jan.16, 2013
BadWolf314: Potions, Option 1, March 02, 2014
bluejanuary: CoMC Option 1, Feb 22nd 2016
consultingcorsair: History of Magic, Jan. 9, 2013
Flip-floP: Charms, Apr. 10, 2013
jellybean89: Defence Against the Dark Arts, Option 1, October 05, 2016
krashromance: Potions, Mar. 19, 2013
kstaron: Charms, Sept. 6, 2012
Listessa: Potions, June 17, 2013
Magpirate: Astronomy, Option 3, June 14, 2014
Natasjadreams: Study of Ancient Runes, 2012
nerdplusneedle: Charms, October 03, 2016
PenguinSoup: Care of Magical Creatures, Jan. 18, 2013
SenatorOrgana: Tranfiguration, Oct. 20, 2013
ShardaeDobby: Muggle Studies, Sept. 11, 2012
SiakelA: Alchemy, Jan. 5, 2013
Swimswamswum: Transfiguration (PM Proposal), Sept. 2, 2013
the_essence: Charms, Dec. 9, 2012
Treemoon: Charms, December 19th 2015
vincentvanbuck: Alchemy, Dec. 3, 2013 (ON HOLD)
vincentvanbuck: Arithmancy, December 24, 2014

Ant Bee: Transfiguration, Sept. 8, 2012
audio: Arithmancy, June 11th 2016
bookie0013: Charms, Sept. 1, 2013
calliemae: Care of Magical Creatures, Option 1, August 24, 2014
coulsenl: Potions, Dec. 2, 2013
DragonChilde: Transfiguration, Option 1 April 01, 2014
ErinAquaheart: Study of Ancient Runes, Option 3, October 03, 2016
FreakieGeekie: History of Magic, Apr. 26, 2013
Inselaeffchen: Charms, July 02, 2014
Ladychris2010: Potions, option1 Jan 01 2016
lightninglisa: Astronomy, Sept. 3, 2012
Naantje: History of Magic, June 4, 2013
Samash90: Alchemy option 1, Jult 1st 2015
SKooKum: Potions, Apr. 2, 2013
travelgirl: Arithmancy, July 23, 2013
TechnicolorAquahearts: Transfiguration, September 09, 2016

Completed Owls
Noodle-bug: DADA option 1, Nov 15th

~*OWL Certificates*~

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22  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 11, 2016 02:04:38 PM
Class: CoMC
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: hope hat
The brief was to repair a relationship. I decided to repair mine with my country. for a while now, that my country is heading in a way that I morally disagree with. I think the only thing I can do to feel like I'm being a positive influence on that is to take action, part of which is volunteering for causes I believe in such as the refugee camp. I believe that we have a responsibility for our fellow man, especially when we are quite for directly the reason they are in their current situation. I hope that by taking positive action where I can, I can feel better about things that I can't so helpfully affect!

Challenge: July detention
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: 2 colour cable hat
I hate sewing in ends! These have been say on my bedside table needing doing for about 3 weeks!

Class: transfiguration
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: snail hat
I picked this yarn for this pattern because I hoped it would bring out the usual construction - looks like a snail shell!
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23  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 06, 2016 11:23:16 AM
Parade of hats incoming!

Class: alchemy
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: jellybeanie

To protect a kiddos head and keep them
 comfortable in winter weather!

Class: charms
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: noro swirl slouch hat
The pattern is brought out by lacework to mark the swirl boundaries in the pattern

Challenge: detention June
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: gridlock hat
In lovely airy light blue

Challenge: floo Jupiter
House: ravenclaw
Project: jess' leaving card
An old colleague from my previous job is leaving the industry and I was asked to contribute to her memory book. I was rather nervous about it because we didn't always get on and I didn't want to seem either lackluster or insincere in my message. I focused on one thing we shared; singing along to disney films in our break. This club handbook has the rules (you must be loud and tuneless!) And top pick of films inside, then a personal message on the back

Class: hom
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: hats
To keep some ravenclaw-esque brains warm!

Class: ms
House ravenclaw
Project: secret garden coloring book
Some friends and I decided to share a few coloring books, we will post them between us, each coloring a page or part to make a piece of collaborative art - just like a sports team collaborating to make goals!

Class: potions
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: blue & pink slouch hat
Since I realised I was going to run out of pink yarn, I.adapted my plan to make this rather usual hat! The design I used is usually reserved for edges and borders, and to be honest it didn't work as well as I hoped on the main fabric so now I see why!

Challenge: quidditch seeker
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: rainbow hat
I saw this yarn at a craft fair; it was crazy expensive, but by rummaging through the scraps box of the same stall, I managed to find enough (nearly) for a child's hat

Class: runes
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: blue, turquoise & raspberry hat
Studying wunjo, to being joy and hope!
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24  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 31, 2016 03:31:39 PM
I've ummed and arred over joining the card swap but I don't realistically think I can - now that I'm back from hols I'm swamped at work, plus term goes back both for uni and the school of with in! I'm looking forward to seeing the cards you all come up with though Cheesy  have fun!

Challenge: head's challenge August
House: ravenclaw
Project: Picasso postcard
One of my favorite things about summer is getting postcard from friends and family - I kept them all, something about having the picture, message, stamp, all together, somehow really appeals to me.
I've found the best way to get more postcards is top send more! Hence I sketched up this copy of a picasso print onto a postcard!
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25  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 11, 2016 04:16:04 AM
Wow-ee patio! Welcome back!
Challenge: Calais Refugee challenge
Spew: refugees!!
House: ravenclaw
Project: mock cable hat

My first go at mock cables! I'm really pleased with how this came out

Challenge: floo - zambia
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: raspberry hat
I picked out this pattern because the spiral reminded me of abbeeroad's vivid tie dye! The pattern didn't come out as distinct in mine, which I guess is because of the yarn I used?

Challenge: Q- beater
House: ravenclaw
Project: elephant sketch
My first drawing from life in... Maybe 15 years? I've been copying other artists work, using an excessive of upside down drawing to learn, and sending them as postcards to my friend who used to be an art teacher: he recently started wanting me to draw from life. So i found an elephant statute that i am going to make a series of studies from. This is the first - it's very simple, and frankly not very good! But it's a start point
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26  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 08, 2016 12:11:00 PM
Ok, and now an OWL submission...

Subject; CoMC option 2
House: ravenclaw
Project: Tom's replacement hat...

Ok, so, i should have taken notes the first time. But I tried my best to replicate - with a lot of ripping back to make amendments as I went. It's still not quite the same, but I started to worry that if I changed it more, I'd struggle to work out how to reverse it all for the inside layer!

I also decided to add in a top up because this didn't take add long as I thought it would (mirmore than 3 weeks, but I wasn't exactly working on it all the time because it needed a lot of concentration) ,-- I printed out our found in my paperwork all my knitting patterns and organised them; matched them up with saved yarn ball bands and scraps of project notes, and put them in a semblance of order, with the ones I inherited from my nan! Once I cone up with a folder design that works, these will be ready to rock & roll Smiley
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27  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 07, 2016 04:05:18 AM
Challenge: Q Blagging
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: cabled hat

Obviously I could make my life simpler (and make my yarn go further!) If I was just churning out plain easy beanies. But it's important to me that each hat is unique - that the refugees have a choice, can demonstrate their personal tastes, and are so acknowledged (by me) as individual human beings. So I am trying to make add as many the hats as I can different in some way, and I hope that the people receiving them will be able to linger over picking which one they like most!
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28  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 04, 2016 04:48:28 PM
Newt Submission!
Subject: HoM
House: Ravenclaw
Project: bethany's birthday book / embroidery pattern folder
So... Once I'd planned out rough page layouts, I did all the backgrounds (watercolors), then bound them into an actual book using Coptic binding.
I did the actual illustrations seperatly because a) this gives a cool layered/textured feel b) this means that if you mess up a bit, you can redo without risking the whole page plus whatever is on the other side of the page c) you don't have to finalise layout until all the bits are in place
Then I just glued in the pictures, penned in the text, and voila!

I'm just putting thumbnails apart from my favourite page to save your sanity (and page loading time) Smiley

Front cover and title page:

And the story proper...

And the last page, which I left blank for mum & dad (who the present of a day out and theatre tickets is from) to write a message

Now, I don't think you can see too well in the picture, but I.arranged it so that the outside edge of each page was a different rainbow colour in order, so that when I bound it it came out with s, really cool looking spine - I was really pleased with how well that worked

Well, this ended up bit taking a month - we had to have birthday tea a week early because of scheduling shenanigans, so I had a mad rush to get the book finished... Which left me short of time for my NEWT!
So, I decided to do a chunk of my previous, set-aside newt too, which links in as it's also making a book. I sorted and catalouged my embroidery patterns into plastic wallets, used an old sampler to embellish front and back covers (no title yet at I couldn't decided how to do it), made some spacers and some dividers and bound the lot with Japanese stab binding (so it's possible to add more plastic wallets). Tbh it's a bit underwhelming in terms of the covers, but it'll do for now (this has been WIP for something like 2 years) until I come up with a better plan - they will be easy enough to remove and modify if I want. And the binding looks nice on my shelf!
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29  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 04, 2016 03:27:16 AM
Fatwineroses - I used 'mille colori baby' by Lang yarns http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/lang-yarns-mille-colori-baby
I alternated every 2 rows between 2 skeins (one of colourway 52, one of colourway 53)
I love those empowerment bags, I must have missed then when you first posted them, they're great! I've seen other bags for similar charities but that's such a cute pattern and you choose lovely fabrics Smiley nice one!

Jennie - thank you Smiley I just got a lovely letter from my niece thanking me too, I know i spoil her but she gets a rough time of it so I think I'm allowed!!

Everyone - I will draw names for the Cursed Child book tomorrow, so let me know if you want to be included. In so far are: Erin, fatwineroses, Edel

Ok... Let's continue the parade of hats Cheesy

Challenge: Q blurting
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: plain beanies
More from scraps! I knitted the green section of the bottom hat, having worked bottom up once I'd done realised that it was far too short, it would have to be carefully balanced on the head rather than worn  Grin Shocked No good at all! So I picked up the bottom edge and reversed direction to add more length, this time working top down!

Challenge: Q snitchniping
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: smocked hat
All the previous hats have been using up scrap, or from small (<50 meters) skeins, which meant I was rather limited on what i could do and ended up just sticking to basic beanies where I could pretty much stop whenever I ran out of yarn. Well, the other yarn my mum brought me is in much bigger skeins so I can have more fun with patterns, and I want to try out new techniques. So... This is my first ever go at smocking! I'm really happy with how it came out Cheesy

PS. Sorry that my photo orientation is weird. It doesn't matter if i change it, craftster flips it back again. Usually I crop pics to squares as that way craftster seems to leave them the way up that I set, but not all these pics can be cropped to squares! I hope it doesn't make anyone feel too seasick!! I'm hoping we'll have a nice sunny day soon where I can get better pictures anyway, then I'll make a giant had post in the knitting forum Smiley
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30  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 02, 2016 11:04:32 AM
Lots of love Abbee Smiley

Distracted by the parade of hats, i missed these earlier...

Class: arithmancy
House: ravenclaw
Project: ant bee's table runner
I made this for the recent swap - I love doing stripes in different colours of long strand dye yarn, and further jazzed this up with a chevron pattern

Challenge: house pride
House: ravenclaw!
Project: party nails
House pride nails for the book launch party - I did lightening scars on my thumbs with a toothpick as a paintbrush (practiced on the back of a spoon first!)
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