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1  Lacy Centerpiece Doily in Crochet: Completed Projects by madcrafter on: September 21, 2014 12:53:43 PM
This is for my sister, her birthday is next week.  I thought I would make her a centerpiece for her giant dinning room table.  The table seats 10 for those family dinners.  The design is from a Magic Crochet magazine.  This doily was made with size 10 thread instead of size 30 so it came out 19 inches.  Big enough to see on her table.  The design is more open and lacy then I usually crochet and so it only took 5 days to complete.

Thanks for looking!

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2  Needlepainted Pansy in Needlework: Completed Projects by madcrafter on: September 20, 2014 05:59:28 AM
I was  just sitting here looking at some photos that I took of past projects and I thought I would share these.  This is lesson 10 from Trish Burr's book "Needle Painting Embroidery, Fresh Ideas For Beginners".  If you have been interested in learning Needle Painting I highly recommend this book.  The author makes these projects easy to stitch by providing easy outlines, color suggestions and in progress photos.  My only complaint is that I spent around $90 in floss because there is very little over lap of floss colors in the projects.  But doing the projects one at a time is affordable.  This embroidery took about 6 hours to stitch and I enjoyed it greatly.  Needle painting is very easy when the colors are already picked out.

Finished pansy.

Back of work.

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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by madcrafter on: September 14, 2014 09:37:50 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Thanksgiving Doily
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: First I want to make a confession, my sister is a Muggle!  We don't talk about it much but there it is.  A few years ago she bought a large dinning room set that seats at least 10.  Like a lot of  muggles she is into family and Thanksgiving in particular.  Which shows we do have a lot in common with muggles!  So with a big birthday in 10 days and Thanksgiving coming up I though she might like a centerpiece doily for the table this year.  The idea came to me as I was looking for a tablecloth pattern and I saw the doily and I had a ball of size 10 thread just sitting around I thought perfect idea!  The doily came out 19 inches and didn't even use all the thread.  The project took 5 days to make.

Project Picture:

Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.

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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by madcrafter on: September 06, 2014 07:31:36 PM
House Pride:
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Badger Twinchie
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description: I have just started making Twinchies for the embroidery craftalong and so I decided to combine the two craftalongs.  So I made a badger inside a two inch square.

Project Picture:

Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.

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5  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by madcrafter on: September 06, 2014 07:17:03 PM
So many cool embroideries!  All of you have made this an amazing craftalong!

I joined the just started HP craftalong and so I made a twinchie that works for both craftalongs!

Ever since I started collecting Helen M Stevens embroidery books I have wanted to try a badger.  So today I embroidered a badger.  I used two strands of floss to make the badger seem furrier.  Unfortunately the snout is off a bit, but it was fun to make.

Hufflepuff rules!
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by madcrafter on: September 04, 2014 09:23:16 PM
Class: Alchemy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Copper and Writing Stones Necklace
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description: The challenge was to use something copper so I took it literally and made a copper necklace.  I wired copper beads and Chinese Writing Stones together.  There are many shapes and sizes of copper beads in the project.  When I was done I happened to look at a copper wire drop I had made two years ago and put it on the necklace.  It came out quite bold and I think beautiful.

Project Picture:

Close up of pendant.

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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by madcrafter on: September 04, 2014 09:26:46 AM
Class: History of Magic (HOM)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Scherenschnitte
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description: This project fulfills the requirement of patience and hard work for the (HOM) class.  Scherenschnitte is the art of cutting paper.  The design entered here is considered an advanced pattern.  Paper cutting takes both skill and patience.  Making hundreds of small cuts to free a design and create a piece of paper lace.  Just holding a piece of paper lace is amazing because it is so delicate.  This project took about 6 hours to cut unfortunately there were three bad cuts and two small tears.  Tears happen when cutting a line where the beginning and end are already freed or the blade becomes dull and pulls the paper rather than cuts it.  Patience is needed to cut Scherenschnitte designs because of the need to rest when cutting.  Every few cuts you need to rest or the design carries you along cutting more and more and then bad cuts are made.  As strange as it sounds cutting patterns can become a meditation.  Cutting takes a great deal of focus and frees the mind of mundane thoughts.  I've been cutting Scherenschnitte for seven months and glad I kept trying.  Each time I try a more difficult pattern I think that it is beyond my skills but with patience and work I keep improving.  Now when I need to relax I cut paper patterns! 

The local library said they would accept my cuttings for their silent auction but this one has too many bad spots so I will need to cut another.  Scherenschnitte is a rare hobby these days, it would be a shame for it to die out, I hope that this project inspires others to try paper cutting.

Project Picture:

Scherenschnitte cutting 8 inches in diameter.

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8  Craftster Challenge 102, Spirit Doll in CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES by madcrafter on: September 03, 2014 04:09:25 PM
 Recently I went back to http://www.craftster.org/ and got involved to a Spirit Doll Swap.  Here is the gallery for the swap.

Craftster is a great place to find a swap and has a great variety of them to choose from.  I had been wanting to make a doll for a long time and so the swap was a great way to get inspired.  Here are some pictures of the doll I made and represents "Living in the Moment".

Spirit  Doll "Living in the Moment".

Close up of doll.

To start the doll I first folded a piece of paper in half and cut out a paper doll.  It took several tries to get the proportions right I wanted her to have an enormous butt.  I was going for a goddess shape but a bit different.  Once I had a shape I decided on the pedestal leg shape to accentuate the enormous butt.  Then I decided to have separate arms so I could pose them, but that didn't work out.  My partner for the Spirit Doll swap like jewel tones so I decided on a bright red, I wanted to use purple but that would have made the doll darker than I wanted.

So next I marked the body on a piece of red fabric and put it in a q-snap and started to embroider it.  The body was embroidered with two strands of embroidery floss creating a one wrap french knot in a circular spiral pattern.  The circles had a center and then about six French knots around them but I made at least one a different color that started another circle.  So there was a pattern but not an obvious one.  After I cut out and sewed the embroidered pieces I was almost stumped with  the next challenge.  When the doll was stuffed it was too tight to do any soft sculpture on and I didn't like the flat face and butt.  So I created yo-yos out of the red fabric and sewed them to the butt and face and stuffed them so the doll was more dimensional.

Close up of dolls face after applying the yo-yo, embroidered eyes and face.

The yo-yos worked out great but they did leave a seams.  I embroidered the face with matching silk thread and so the nose and mouth are very subtle.  The eyes were outlined with straight stitches and then embroidered with white silk sewing thread.  The eyes are Swarovski crystal montees in blue.  I had some montees in red but they would not show up as well.

Close up of dolls hair in back.

The hair came next.  I sewed several layers of silk ribbon in red and purple, a yellow boucle embroidery thread and red eyelash knitting yarn.  There are also strands of purple size 10 seed beads and size 15 red seed beads on top of the hair.  I wanted the hair to be wild so I spent hours adding more and more to the hair.  Unfortunately I strung so many beads that she is top heavy.

Close up of dolls arm.

So with her face, body and hair done I started working on the arms.  At this point I almost gave up.  It took four tries before I even got this nice an arm.  One try looked like a claw and made her look like a lobster!  I finally settled on this arm and hand embellished it with green rayon Brazilian thread and couched it to the doll with single chain stitch leaves.  Finally using the spider rose technique created lovely yellow silk roses to finish the arms.

Close up of enormous butt.

With the doll almost finished I decided that the butt shouldn't be done in french knots.  I wanted her bottom to stand out so I did a simple running stitch in same colors as I used for the French knots.  The running stitches are also rather randomly made to match with the randomness of the rest of the doll.  

Clothes just didn't work for this doll.  Everything I tried something on her just took away from spontaneity of the doll.  So to dress her up I decided to make her some Ferengi earrings.  unfortunately I didn't get a good picture of the earrings.  The basic difference that makes the earrings "Ferengi" is they are connected to each other with a chain that hangs down like a necklace and has dangles.  These were very simple.  At each ear is a clear crystal cut into a leaf shape with a gold chain connecting them.  It had only one drop a lovely dark amethyst at the middle of the chain.  So with the doll finally finished I sent her to her new home!  I experienced a real challenge making a doll pattern for the first time and working with a woven fabric instead of a knit.  Hopefully there will be another Spirit Doll Swap soon.  In any case I signed up for the County fair and "Art Doll" is one of my entries!

Thank you for looking!

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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by madcrafter on: September 01, 2014 10:31:20 PM
Challenge: Detention for September
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Wire Worked Goddess
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description: This project has been sitting unfinished for over a year.  The goddess is shaped in copper wire and then beads are wire wrapped into the internal shapes.  To finish her today I wrapped the yellow and red crystals into the goddess.  Then using size 30 wire I tatted a crown for her.  This proved a problem because I hadn't tatted in a long time.  But after practicing with thread I was able to make the crown.  I think she came out really well.

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10  Day of the Dead Heads in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by madcrafter on: August 28, 2014 07:15:57 PM
I saw these on Pintrest yesterday and had to try some for myself.  Someone I knew just passed and I was thinking of making the heads part of a shrine to her this coming DOTD.  They are made of felt and I used different stitches to decorate the heads using cotton threads and beads.  Comments are appreciated!

Thanks for looking.

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