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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Toralune on: March 16, 2015 05:54:09 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Kobato cosplay
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438495.msg5297605#msg5297605
Brief Description: I recently got to cosplay as Kobato, one of my favorite anime characters. Most of it was done this month so I'm using it for a class project (yeah I'm a last-minute crafter Embarrassed). There was quite a bit of sewing involved of course, but a few places also have layers of fabric paint, or sewing on top of fabric paint, and so on, so quite a bit of downtime was involved, especially on the shirt and shoes.
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2  Kobato cosplay in Costumes: Completed Projects by Toralune on: March 16, 2015 05:38:10 PM

Went to my first full anime convention recently, and of course I wanted to go in cosplay for at least part of it! I wound up doing Kobato Hanato from the anime Kobato since she's easily one of my favorites, and her outfit turned out to be pretty fun to make. The Ioryogi amigurumi was crafted by the wonderful smileyyogini in the Anime/Manga swap, but everything else was either crafted or modified by me.


The blouse was modified by a plain white long-sleeved polo. I added some yellow elastic partway along the sleeves (horrible idea btw, it barely showed up!), colored the collar with fabric paint, drew on the orange border and leaves, and sewed on the flowers and added new buttons. The green cuffs are separate pieces and stay on with an elastic insert.


The skirt was made out of cotton with the bottom half of a hobbit pattern (I accidentally lost the pattern I'd intended to use Embarrassed) with an elastic waist added, the green and yellow ribbons were sewn on, and again I drew on the orange border and the leaves, and sewed on the flowers. Technically the flowers should have had four petals, but I wound up just using the petals part of some artificial flowers and didn't find any 4-petal ones until it was too late.

I found the hat at a local Joann and added some green ribbon to it, and for the shoes I wound up having to order some white canvas mary-jane style shoes and attack them with some more fabric paint. The ankle socks are there purely for comfort since those shoes apparently hate the backs of my ankles. Tongue


The bag was made completely from scratch, pattern and all, and I might eventually post a tutorial for it since her bag has a few tricky logistics to work through (just don't do what I did and forget to treat the ends of the webbing strap!). The head of the bag is stuffed (I created a separate piece to insert inside), and the wing is a functional pocket with an attempt at quilting over fusible fleece (not confident it was done correctly but it seems to look okay).

I definitely had fun with this cosplay, even if it didn't win anything and only a few people recognized the character (obscure characters get less attention, but more love from the few that do know her apparently Tongue), but flouncing around in that skirt and wig was still all kinds of fun, and definitely something I look forward to doing again. Cheesy
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3  Creeper Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by Toralune on: December 23, 2014 12:58:32 AM
At the last minute, I decided to go ahead with some handcrafted gifts, starting with this hat for my 14-year-old cousin. He's very into Minecraft, and on searching the patterns on Ravelry, I fell in love with this one as it seemed the right mix of geeky and cool for a boy his age (granted I'm bad at judging that, but still). I used some Cotton Supreme yarn I'd picked up from the local yarn shop for a different project (that never happened, so no loss there) and wound up with a hat I'm hoping he'll like (also that it fits since the entire info I had on that was "he has a big head" Tongue). I'm still a color-work newbie so I'll admit it feels a bit tighter around the creepers, but it seemed pretty wearable and otherwise just fine so here's hoping he likes it.

Pattern here.

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4  Re: August 2014 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Discussion in The Swap Gallery by Toralune on: September 19, 2014 02:24:22 PM
Rscowtown very nicely offered to claim me for some of the unpapertowels she was making, and the ones she sent were lovely! They're very well made and I love the fabric she chose! Thank you very much. Cheesy

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5  Re: Bookmark Swap 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Toralune on: September 19, 2014 02:22:03 PM
I received my bookmarks from pioneer9 today! One features penguins (and I also just noticed the penguins are holding the first Narnia book!), one of my favorite animals ever, and the other has one of my favorite Harry Potter quotes. Thank you! Cheesy

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6  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Toralune on: September 09, 2014 10:43:54 AM
Uh oh, looks like the Doctor Who ATC isn't displaying correctly, so I'll try it again so you can see its awesomeness properly:

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7  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Toralune on: September 08, 2014 07:46:45 PM
So I'm finally posting the lovely ATCs I've been receiving!

Mountains and Clouds claimed me for my Instruments theme for the letter U with U for Ukulele (or as she noted, technically it's "okina is for 'ukulele").



She also included an extra since she's rehoming some of her art, and I love it! It's a ketuk, which can count toward the K in my instruments theme. Cheesy



Oddacity claimed me for my Doctor Who theme, and this is already shaping up to be an awesome theme as she did an amazing embroidered ATC inspired by Doctor 10. Cheesy



And Blupaisan claimed me for Instruments for the letter F, and no I definitely don't mind that she chose an obscure one! It's only making this theme more fun. Cheesy

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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Toralune on: August 25, 2014 03:32:49 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Skillet Handles
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434911.msg5234234#msg5234234 (swap thread)
Brief Description: I first learned to crochet from my mom, and once I could crochet a decent square shape (you definitely don't want to see my first ever attempt!), the first project she taught me was pot holders. These aren't quite the same thing, but when I found myself claiming someone for these spiffy skillet handles in the ongoing Pinterest swap, I realized that these recalled my first crochet lessons remarkably well. Smiley
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Toralune on: August 03, 2014 11:02:43 PM
Yay, finally joining in!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Blue Stitch Markers
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434957.0#axzz39NfUiAMj
Brief Description: Finally getting started on my Christmas crafting with these! The future recipient loves blue, making them perfect to fit in with the requirements for the Alchemy challenge. I originally had plans to use some different beads for these, but after impulsively buying these pretty blue and yellow ones, I couldn't resist using them instead.
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10  A Few Sets of Stitch Markers in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Toralune on: August 03, 2014 10:50:17 PM
I've been making several stitch marker sets for swaps and gifts and such, so I figured I'd round them up and post them. Smiley

The first set was a set of knitting markers for adrienne_bowers in the IYP23 swap. She loved vintage things and putting blue and pink together, so I rounded up some pretty beads and made these. Unfortunately the colors didn't come across very well in this photo, but I loved how they came out.


These owl knitting markers were for emilywilde in the 10 Minute Swap 4. I tried to incorporate her favorite colors and love of forest animals.


Next up some pokeball crochet markers for smileyyogini in the recent Anime/Manga swap. I wound up painting some wood beads to make the pokeballs, and tried to match them up with some beads that reflected some of my partner's favorite colors.


And finally a set I just made tonight for one of my friends to start off my christmas crafting. She loves blue and knitting, and I wanted to make her something just for her rather than go with the easy choice of baby stuff, and custom knitting markers seemed like the perfect idea. Cheesy
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