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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Stash buster patchwork wrap skirt on: September 02, 2016 02:21:59 PM
I love wrap skirts...they grow and shrink with you. And so comfy.

I have a patchwork wrap skirt made by women in Africa out of sun washed recycled fabric in yellows and blues. It's wonderfully worn, faded and unfortunately, falling apart. The skirt was not made very well in the first place and the fabrics are now, after many washings, just too thin. I've patched and sewn and hoped. But now I need a new one.

This is 100% from stash and I wanted a partial rainbow effect, or ombre effect with the patches. It was a bear to figure out and there were a few rip-rips along the way. I miscalculated the hem patches and had to add pieces to fill in.

I also changed my mind on several fabric choices, had to scrounge more and cut way too many blues...no problem, they became the tie belt.

I just love it!

I made a chart, but it still was a lot of figuring out along the way to get the colors to fall in the right places...somewhat. Keep in mind that you want the waist to be able to wrap at least 1/3 to 1/2 the way around you. The front hangs a little flat, so I wrap to get the diagonals in front. Vary the size of the squares or add more to get the width and length you want.

22  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 7 (SIGNUPS 8/21-9/7; MAIL BY 10/11) on: September 02, 2016 06:27:48 AM
Sent my Q in. Chunky houses and inchie houses....what if I get them mixed up? Why are little houses of all sizes so much fun?
23  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Inchie House Halloween Swap 3 (SIGNUPS 8/21-9/7; MAIL BY 10/11) on: September 02, 2016 06:20:32 AM
I love little houses.....I have additional templates for round houses, curved roof houses, steep and not so steep houses....pm me if you want. Oops, send me your email in a pm, the templates are PDFs, but if you want a different format, let me know.
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Summer Ninni Swap 2016 - GALLERY on: August 30, 2016 08:29:45 AM
And craftADDchick PM'd me and said....there is another mask in the box. She packaged it all up so nicely, I missed a piece in the tissue paper...so it was a wonderful surprise!

Now when the Forest Ninni wants to hang with his bird buddies......

I love this ninni, the camouflage bark body, the two wonderful masks. Just fun and wonderful!
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Summer Ninni Swap 2016 - GALLERY on: August 29, 2016 01:27:52 PM
I received from craftADDchick a very sweet forest ninni, keeper of woodlands and all woodland creatures. He blends into the woods so you have to look very close. Note the little bird's nest and teeny birdie.

And craftADDchick what did you coat those leaves with to keep them so flexible?  They are real right?

26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Summer Ninni Swap 2016 - GALLERY on: August 26, 2016 04:38:29 PM
I love the broccoli and garlic ninni. So organic! The broccoli hair is perfect.
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craftster Card Swap Gallery on: August 26, 2016 10:26:29 AM
No weighing in....no scales....!

I'm all for after the first of the year, something to brighten the doldrums of gray winter days.
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: I love NINNIs! on: August 26, 2016 10:24:57 AM
I found the history of the books interesting. How she was spunky and brave in the earlier books, then in rewrites in the 70's-80's they made her wimpier and more of a victim. Sheesh, they can't even leave our heroines alone. I did not read much Nancy Drew, so this was fun.

She was too plain with a solid color face and I had to get some Ninni life into her...they are hardly the staid type...so the geometric print was fun. I don't know what the design is either!
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I love NINNIs! on: August 26, 2016 06:48:36 AM
I love these little Ninni swaps. They are so cute and easy to make and fun. Simply fun. Here's the gallery http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449843.0

My partner loves Nancy Drew, so what better than a Ninni Drew, Nancy's little sister. She has a few of her sister's books, and Nancy's old flashlight and magnifying glass.

The props were made out of paper clay and painted. The lens is a large flat glass marble thingy and the lens of the flashlight is a small jiggly eye. The books were simply printed out old covers.

The pleated skirt was the hardest. I had not made little pleats since my DD was just a little thing (she's in her 30's now). But I managed, it's a bit wonky, but looks good on Ninni. I made the back plain, no costume/embellishments...is that cheating? And the bag was repurposed from another doll I received in a swap. My friends niece co-opted the doll and the bag stayed behind. Sometimes you just have to let them find their own home.

30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craftster Card Swap Gallery on: August 26, 2016 06:32:04 AM
All received. So amazing. What a stack...little hard to shuffle though. It's like a treasure chest everytime you pick a card. I haven't read all the bits yet, I'm busy, but I pull a card and read one at a time as I pass them by.
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