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471  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: March 26, 2014 06:18:35 AM
Class: Alchemy
House: ravenclaw
Project: Bag - belt
My handbag died! I love this bag; it's the right size, colour, has good pockets... I've worn it pretty much everyday for 3 years. But the clasp broke and I live in London so I can't carry a bag that doesn't do up securely.
I drew inspiration from The Monster Book of Monsters and created a new closure with a belt; I riveted the belt to the bag so that the buckle acts to hold the bag closed. I set the rivets with a hammer in some places, and with a rivet setter in others (the arm on my setter is short so couldn't reach the deepest ones) - and I was careful to make sure the pockets are all still usable
how's that for rising from the ashes and coming back more beautiful than ever?
I might decide to shorten the hanging end of the belt if it gets annoying, but right now I love how it looks
472  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: March 25, 2014 05:18:34 PM
The Ib tee is fab (never heard of it, but looks great!) and loving the quilt Smiley Top work as always, y'all!

LOVING all the items coming in!! Well done Noodle-bug on finishing your OWL (are those the knit or crochet hoods? And if knitted ... how DO you do it? Never used circular needles for continuous knitting 

they're knitted Smiley tbh I don't mind circular needles, as long as the pattern is written for them (otherwise you have to flip the k/p of every other row which is so appealing I've never attempted it!). Only the yoke is actually all the way around, the hood part is just knitted flat. I did do all of the smallest baby size ones on straight needles (couldn't find small enough circs) then just sewed up the yoke with mattress stitch (badly, tbh Cheesy ) - this patterns so simple that it wasn't an issue (just stocking stitch)
473  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: March 22, 2014 06:16:17 AM
Golly you lot move quickly! So many new projects on just a day Cheesy
Here's a couple of my own to throw into the mix

Class: SoAR
House: ravenclaw
Project: A Tech of Hexies
I'm actually having to do some work this tech rehearsal period. Shocking! And it means I can't crack on with a nice big project in the green room like I normally do. But I still have quite a bit of sitting around in the auditorium, so I decided to find a craft I could pick up and put down, and that didn't need much space... hexies!
I sorted through my fabric pile and pulled out all the bits that are too small to be really useful. I've needed a clear out for ages! and I hexied them up...
hexies are the ultimate in re-birth; I use scrap paper (usually old homework notes) that would other wise be thrown away, and odd ends of thread either left on the spool, and scraps of fabric - all reborn into something useful!
there's about a fortnight of tech worth of hexies here, and I have more fabric scraps, but I'm taking a break for a bit to work on some swaps and the prize hoop from last term

Class: astronomy
House : GO EAGLES!
I mentioned to a colleague that I'd always regretted that I never learnt to draw well... and he brought me the most beautiful gift; a book of learning to draw exercises and a sketchpad and pencil. Isn't that lovely? haha, you can tell the actors are near the end of their contract, they are all terribly sentimental!!
Anyway, I am going to at least try it ... though I'm not really sure that I expect to learn to draw from a book (I must be a ravenclaw, to be even trying that, right?). And the first thing it calls for is some pre-instructional drawings so that you can judge your progress from where you began.
I did a portrait of my friend, from a photograph, and a picture of my left hand from life. I had to stop half way through the hand, as I got interpreted and then couldn't find how I had been holding it to 'pose' again (lesson one learnt.)
I couldn't get the portrait done in the allowed time, either - I must have drawn her other eye about a squilion times and couldn't get it right somehow. But everyone starts somewhere, right?!
So I am taking my negative emotions (vis lack of drawing skill) and turning them into something positive (the impetus to learn)
474  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap: SU March 16-31, 2014; SO April 22, 2014 on: March 21, 2014 06:39:32 PM
I pretty much always use normal stranded floss, since i have a good colour range in stash. Works fine  Grin (actually.... I sometimes prefer it since it's a thinner thread, even though i use two strands - so it lays flatter. I like to have varying textures to my patches)
475  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: March 21, 2014 11:02:11 AM
Beautiful Owl Smiley
476  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: March 21, 2014 10:46:52 AM

In fact - yay y'all Smiley  I've not been commenting much because it's hard from my phone, but I've been popping in here for regular pick me ups during what is proving to be the world's most infuriating tech and you're creativity and general loveliness has been keeping me sane

Ok. I've decided, and I hope the headmistresses will agree with me - to submit my OWL. Although I haven't finished knitting all the hoods ordered (due to yarn supply issues) I have done more than I intended when i proposed the OWL, and definitely more than 3 weeks worth! Also, with this half finished one sitting on my needles and no yarn in sight for it, I am getting angsty and would like to start a new project while i wait for wool Cheesy

**Completed OWL**
Subject: MS
House: ravenclaw
Project: Lots of bears!
I knitted lots of bear hoods, for friends and friends of friends....
I made (proposed OWl number in strikeout, actually made number in Purple)
4 4 + a bit x 3-9 months (Brian's twins, Arthur, Stacey's youngest, Elaine's youngest grandson)
1x toddler (Elaine's middle grandson)
1 x child(Stacey's oldest)
0 1 x teen (Elaine's oldest grandson) this one already submitted as class project, included for completeness only and not eligible for marking!
1 2 x adult (Amy & Evita)

Here are some action shots (understandably, not all the recipients are comfortable with me putting pics on the internet so a handful will have to represent!)

Subject - Alchemy Option 1
House: ravenclaw
Project: Elephants are made of elements
Here at Hogwarts, we learn about the elements of fire, earth, air and water. But in Muggle schools they have a whole different set of elements, and there are so many that they need a special table to organise their names on! I was listening to a They Might Be Giants song about these muggle elements and I learnt that everything is made of them, including elephants Cheesy So I will be making a baby quilt depicting an elephant made of these elements. I will use reverse appliqu, embroidery, and hand quilting... and I will also honour magical alchemists by using the inks they create to stamp onto the fabric.  This blanket is for my friend's baby's first birthday (which was a month ago.... but... well, he's 1, he doesn't know that, right? Shh!!)
477  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Surprise Thing Round 2 SU 3/19 to 4/4 SO 4/23 on: March 20, 2014 03:37:08 AM
Yay! I'll be in, doing my questionnaire...
478  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Swap Round 10: PLACES (S/U CLOSED, Send: April 14) on: March 19, 2014 02:38:54 PM
You can do amazing things even with just simple stitches; the Japanese art of sashkio is all done in what is basically running stitch is creates some gorgeous work. Or just simple line drawings in back stitch can be lovely if you choose a good image, colour and fabric. Don't feel limited by a small repertoire of stitches!
479  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Swap Round 10: PLACES (S/U CLOSED, Send: April 14) on: March 18, 2014 06:20:45 AM
I have a concept. I have no idea how to realise it... But idea mooching is fun, so yay!
480  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap: SU March 16-31, 2014; SO April 22, 2014 on: March 18, 2014 05:44:01 AM
Ohhh i love tm swaps! I'll sign up when i get home tonight to a proper computer, its too difficult on a phone  Smiley
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