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51  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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52  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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53  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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54  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 02, 2016 05:41:02 AM
Okay.... Huge project dump! I've basically done nothing except sitting knitting three last week so there's lots of hats here Smiley I'll take them all to the Calais refugee camp with me in October' I've been using remenants from my stash, hence some very scrappy hats - plus my mum brought me a huge stack if bulky yarn to make into hats on her behalf since she wanted to contribute but can't knit - so all the variegated yarn here are the 6 skeins she brought me!

Challenge: Floo little whinging
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: adult beanie
Started at work, finished on holiday!

Challenge: Quidditch blumping
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: pink hat and headband
Should keep a couple of people cozy whist they watch the match! (I didn't have enough yarn for another hat, hence the headband!)

Challenge: Q chaser
Spew : refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: 3 baby beanies
3 little beanies in different baby sizes - the set should work together to keep one baby warm add it grows though autumn, writer and spring

Challenge:Q cobbing
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: excessively bright earflap hat!

Challenge: Q commentator
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: snork hat
This hat is very silly - the shape reminds me of a snork!

Challenge: Q flacking
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: fox ears hat (bottom of picture)
Worn on the human head, to disguise it as a fox head!

Challenge: Q keeper
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: 2 adult beanies
These both kept me occupied for several hours whist sitting waiting at locks!

Challenge: Q referee
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: colour work hat
This means lots of ends top weave in, which i hate and usually avoid - but it seemed the best way to use up ends of yarn skeins!

Challenge: Q stooging
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: 2 cat ears hats (top and middle of picture)

The lack of shaping means these hats are easy peasy!

Challenge: Q try outs
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: colour change beanie
This is my favorite hat I made so far - I used the ends of the varigated yarn and coppied Jennie's idea to double strand and fade one stand out at a time to get a great colour change!
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55  Re: Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by noodle-bug on: August 02, 2016 04:37:57 AM
Well, I've been away for a week on holiday, so my poor partner Ant bee has had to wait all this tune before I received - but I'm home, and my parcel is here... And it's so amazing! I'm really a bit overwhelmed, I can't quite explain how perfect it is!

She made me this gorgeous giant project basket, which I immediately filled with the stash of chunky yarn I'm currently transfiguring into hats...

Here's the bottom - it's sort of a shame I won't get to see this as often, the colours are gorgeous, but it's like a lovely secret Smiley

Ant bee had obviously done a lot of stalking and planning this project, because in her card she talks about the exact spot where she pictured it going in my house - next to my rocking chair, and she chose colours to compliment the rug I have there (from mistress jennie in a previous round. She even have it handles so I can easily take it to my boyfriend's boat, since I spend most summer weekends there. As you can see, it's perfectly at home in its intended spot

I also got very spoilt in the extras department - we had agreed on swapping one medium-large (which Ant bee well exceeded!!) And a few non-crafted extras... Well, this is more than 'a few' add the extras would make up a very lovely parcel in themselves!!
There's a project bag to keep needles ect inside my basket, two skeins of really beautiful yarn (made by a company aiming to diffuse cold war tensions through trade called Peace Fleece), soap with a Lego Harry in it (that's a brilliant idea! I shall be stealing it come Christmas!!), a craft motif cauldron, a little be-sweatered owl on a tin, a yo-yo, and a packet of chocolate toads which unfortunately didn't survive their introduction to boyfriend!!

Thank you Ant Bee!!
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56  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: July 29, 2016 03:51:16 AM
Stealing Tom's internet to  post this whilst on holiday do i can get it in under deadline!

Challenge: head July
House: ravenclaw
Project: cinnamon buns!

I had a real hankering for these after seeing my friend posted a pic of some on Facebook - so I whipped up a batch using this recipe - and when Tom went to eat one I told him Jennie says I'm not allowed to share them!

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57  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: July 22, 2016 11:51:51 AM
Challenge; Quidditch TT&P
House: ravenclaw
Project: origami flowers

The first few days of my holiday are visiting Tom to see his current show - I made him these to wish him luck for the night I was watching

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58  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: July 11, 2016 12:43:36 PM
Challenge: floo zoo
House: ravenclaw
Project: stamp
My first go at carving a stamp - it's only a start but I like it Smiley
My niece asked for stationary for her birthday - well, u love stationary, so I brought her a big carry case and am filling it! This will go in there, and I'll make a trash with it
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59  Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) in The Swap Gallery by noodle-bug on: July 09, 2016 03:30:10 AM
My badge from annchen arrived! I love it, what a clever idea - I have achieved 'sock knitter silver Liddell' (now I need to find out how to get the gold level too!!)

I love that some of the materials are recycled sweaters too!

P.s. I've adjusted the picture orientation a few times but it still jumps back to sideways Sad sorry!
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60  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: July 07, 2016 11:55:21 AM
This is my Floo Alaska project - I PMed it too Mistress Jennie a few days ago by now lnselaeffchen had received I can share - it's a set of drawers to help keep her organised!

And a couple of classes;

Class: apparition
House: ravenclaw
Project: tm patches!
A set of two patches on my partners themes Cheesy

Challenge: quidditch captain
House: ravenclaw
Project: my ass...

I cycle a lot - it's a 22 mile round commute that I do about 4/5 days a week, and usually on other work days I cycle at least one direction (I get the train if i have big bags or have been to the pub...)

Which is hard on the bum of my jeans! So when I noticed a hole, plus a couple of places set to go too, I decided to take inspiration from midkiffsjoy and use visible mending.
I did a lot of prep work tacking patches into the back and drawing out grid pattern guides in washable marker before stitching to produce this, the pattern I chose out of a book of sashiko stitches actually!!
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