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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Sherlock on: December 16, 2013 08:02:22 PM
Is there interest in doing a 3 point swap for the 3 episodes of Sherlock Season 3?

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / How about a small Doctor Who Swap? on: October 21, 2013 11:20:47 AM
The 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who is a month away.

It would be so much fun if we had a little swap for one item with the send outs Nov 18th or Nov 23.

Is anyone interested in doing something like this?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shawl on: August 12, 2013 04:33:19 AM
Craftster means to me swaps.

Before I began on Craftster I knew only a very little. I jumped in with a Doctor Who swap, and been in many swaps sense.

For this challenge I wanted to share a shawl I knit and crocheted for the recent BBC swap.



Per request here are some close up photos:
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Firefly Stenciled shirt on: August 12, 2013 04:12:15 AM
Craftster means to me swapping, and learning new techniques to make items for swap partners.

Before I joined craftster I only knew how to make pin back buttons and knit. Now i have learned many image reproduction techniques from stenciling to screen printing.

I've made a tutorial for these techniques for a recent swap. Here is one of my recently stenciled items I sent in a swap:

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Marble Magnets on: June 09, 2013 02:01:32 AM
I've wanted to learn how to make Marble Magnets for a while. My friend showed me how to make them, and they were surprisingly easy.

Using an image about 1" in diameter, Glass pebbles you can get from the Dollar Store, and Modge podge you can make the base.


It took a few layers to get it to curl around the edges.


Once Dried I used superglue to attach a Magnet.


Here is what it looks like when its done


These are the magnets I used.


Thank you. I hope it inspires you to try this craft.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Badge A Minit Buttons on: June 09, 2013 12:42:51 AM
One of the most popular activities that I teach is Button Making. We use a Badge a minit fully metal machine.

I wanted to write a short tutorial on how to use the Badge A minit buttons, and make your own designs.

First you need to purchase a Button Machine. I have a Badge a Minit fully metal machine to make buttons 1.25" in diameter.

Once you have your BAM machine, you'll need to make sure you only order and use Badge a minit buttons. I made that mistake once, and they don't work. Its a slightly different size.

They always come in three pieces. The center of the button, a clear plastic to hold on your image, and the pin back.

Lastly you'll need to prepare the images you want. Often I use magazines and cut images out of them, but I can also make my own buttons using this template and the free program Paint.net
We have an EK Success Paper Shapers 1-1/4-Inch Circle Punch that cut out images to the perfect size for button making.


Now onto the instructions for making your button
Once you have your image  cut out, supplies on hand, and button making machine, you are ready to begin.

Start by putting the flat button piece in your machine. (Blue Piece)


Next put your image in with the silver notch lined up at the top. After you have it lined up you'll place one of the clear plastic circles on top of the image.


Then you insert the gold ring. This will hold the piece in place for the next step.


Once you have all of those in place, you are going to turn it over and insert the silver button machine part, so the notch is facing upward (this allows you to line up the green button machine part effectively).


Line up the green button part with the silver.


Place it on a solid surface and press firmly with the palm of your hand until you hear it audibly pop.

The image should now be pushed out and flush with the edge of the gold ring. Now remove both the silver and green machine parts, and we will move into the final steps.


Remember how we lined up the image with the silver notch at the top. This makes it easier to line up the back of the pin. On the underside there are two silver lines that you can line up the pin, just make sure you don't line it up upside down.


Put the green button park back on


Turn it over, be careful not to let the green part (and the button back) fall out.
You will now place the red part on top of your image. Your button will be sandwiched between the green and red pieces.


The last bit is to press your button together with hand press


After you press it firmly, release, and remove the green part. Pushing upwards you can remove your button.


And now you'll have your very own Button!
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Hobbit Traveling Pack on: May 08, 2013 11:27:25 PM
For the Hobbit Movie Swap last year I made a hobbit traveling kit.

Everything was wrapped in furoshiki


Her favorite scene was the troll scene, so I created a bag of gold. I painted wooden circles gold and then used a paint pen to add symbols to each one.



Because it was a Hobbit travel kit I included a lot of food.
c Solitary Cricket
The idea is that on a trip you'd need to bring many items that were portable. So I created Jar in Mix kits. I even made a cookbook on how to use the mixes to make bisquits and other items
c Solitary Cricket
Link to pdf of the book

You can't have food and not eat it. So I also included plates, napkins, and tiny silverware. The plates are cup saucers, that I painted the symbols and baked them.
c Solitary Cricket

You can't go on a journey without a map, so I printed out two maps that Bilbo would have needed on his journey. I used tea to age them and the cookbook.
c Solitary Cricket

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Yarnies Scavenger Hunt on: April 19, 2013 01:02:37 PM
When will the next round of Yarnies Scavenger Hunt be?

Did I miss it this year?
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Help fixing a quilt for a non quilter on: August 29, 2012 04:21:00 PM
On my honeymoon in 2004 my husband and I bought a blanket. Since the purchase we've lived in various places and one of them had a dryer that ripped the back.

It destroyed other clothes, but this is significant.



How do I fix the tears?

Its really two spots on the back that is damaged. I don't quilt, and barely sew. I recently went to replace this blanket and discovered that my husband values it as the first item we purchased as a married couple. I'd like to fix it but I don't know how, and only have limited sewing skills.



10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Chemise and Drawstring Skirt on: August 09, 2012 12:46:53 AM
I made a skirt for my chaser project in the Harry Potter Craftalong, and I just fought off a second beater to make a Chemise

I enjoy attending the local Ren Faire. Normally I rent or borrow a costume, but this year I'm making a simple Chemise and Drawstring Skirt that I can wear with a Cloak I've had for years. The cloak is burgendy on one side and black on the other so I decided to make a burgendy skirt. After much research I've found a pattern for a 3 panel skirt. I'm also tried to make a historically accurate Chemise with ribbons.

 I'm going to the Fair on August 11th.
Project Picture:



The Chemise


With the skirt I made


With a Belt I got in  a swap


I've never created a shirt successfully. I'm so happy that it turned out wearable.  I ended up using Bias tape around the neck hole, and threaded ribbons around the wrists and neck which I read was authentic.

Lastly a close up of the belt from swap
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