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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kyudo Hoop on: June 18, 2016 10:36:12 AM
I made this for noelle in the Vikings, Pirates, and Ninjas swap.  She listed kyudo, or Japanese archery, as one of her interests, and I based this hoop on a photo from her pinterest.  I also really like the traditional clothing worn for the sport, and I had a lot of fun trying to convey the shape through felt, and then added some Japanese cloud designs.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / TM Patch Sewing Machine Cover on: June 16, 2016 01:19:17 AM
I fiiiiiinally finished the sewing machine cover I've been working on for ages!!

After I got hooked on TM patches, I was inspired by bunny1kenobi's sewing machine cover some time ago, and started swapping and collecting to make my own.  After about two years, I finally got enough patches and actually hunkered down and put them all together!!  I'm still a pretty inexperienced sewer though, so there were some bumps on the way. 

For example, I added WAY too much extra to my measurements the first time around, because I was afraid I'd accidentally make it too small to fit over my machine.  It was ridiculously baggy and totally unusable, but I managed to take it apart and reuse the fabric for this second attempt:

Then I just had to attach the patches!  First I pinned them on, one side at a time, until I figured out a layout I liked.  Once I had a side all pinned, I sat down with needle, thread, and Netflix to attach them.  After getting multiple sides done, I also sewed a ton of tiny whip stitches through the connecting edges along the corners, so the whole thing is pretty stiff along the edges and more or less holds its shape.  Along the way I covered up some gaps with a big button and some printed ribbon.  There was one gap on one side that wasn't the right shape for any of my remaining patches (I have a few left and plan to continue collecting, although I haven't decided what my next project for them will be), so I made a quick skinny one to fill in the blank.  Finally I did a (very sloppy!) hem along the bottom to take care of dangling threads, etc., and I'm happy to pronounce it done!!

I'm sooooo happy with the result!  Almost all of these were made by other craftsters, who were EXCELLENT at capturing my tastes and interests!  Looking at the big variety of patches really makes me smile!  A huge thanks to everyone who contributed a patch to this project!  I love them all!!

And now here are a ton of photos of all the different sides:

Ghibli, Discworld, Doctor Who, the Hobbit, Tetris, and more!! (the bottom middle skinny one is the one I whipped together just to cover the blank spot)

I tried to use patches that didn't really have a set top or bottom for the top side, although I guess the cat button does face a particular direction.

The space invader patch is one of the few on this project that I made myself.

The Princess Bridge patch is the first I ever received, and the one with Oscar the Grouch playing the Game Cube was drawn in fabric paints by a close friend of mine, based on a silly party game from way back in college!

More of my interests, including various tabletop games, Ronja the Robber's Daughter, and WEAVER, one of my favorite j-pop bands!  Not to mention a bunch of my favorite animals!!

I seriously couldn't be more happy with this project, but my TM patch addiction is far from sated!  Any ideas what I should make next? XD
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Vikings, Pirates, Ninjas, and "Friends" Swap GALLERY on: May 22, 2016 07:13:38 AM
Put photos of your awesome warrior themed goodies here!!

Original Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445885.0


Isikkahjai <---> whatthepuck
Smeddley <---> bec99
rockingbearranch<---> puzzled-penguin
aisy <---> pioneer9
cmarion3 <---> Wavelight23478
noelle<---> roler
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pigeon Pouch on: April 12, 2016 07:15:17 PM
I made this pigeon pouch for Acadian Driftwood in the Unloved Creatures swap.

I used this craftster tutorial for the pouch itself: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=151313.0

It was super useful!  I'd only ever made one pouch before, and it was a bit of a failure, so I was thrilled at how nicely this one came out!  Hooray for craftster tutorials!  I used a bit of thin quilt batting instead of interfacing between the layers to make a nice soft pouch.  The lining is a bit of fabric I got from LovelyMiss in a swap.  She's sent me so many pretty pieces of fabric, and I've been using it a lot lately! XD

The pigeon is made mostly of felt, with a bit of wool from one of my father's old suit jackets.  I had a lot of fun putting it together.  Here's just the applique before I sewed it into a pouch:
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Vikings, Pirates, Ninjas, and "Friends" Swap (Signups 4/6 - 4/20; Sendouts 5/25) on: April 05, 2016 12:43:08 PM
Swap name:  Vikings, Pirates, Ninjas and "Friends" Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: roler
Sign-up date range: April 6 - 20, 2016 (I will close signups at 4:00PM, April 21st, JAPAN TIME)
Date to send item by: May 25, 2016

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
This is a swap celebrating the warriors of yore!  They can be vikings, pirates, ninjas, knights, samurai, or anything else that fits the theme!  Whether you love a particular show or series featuring these fighters, or you like the history/imagery in general, you're more than welcome to join up!

This will be a 4 point swap, but at least one item must be a large or a medium.  Basically, you can send any combination EXCEPT four smalls.  

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: roler

Name of swap: Vikings, Pirates, Ninjas, and "Friends" Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Will you provide a tracking number if mailing from the USA or within your own country, or a postal receipt if mailing from another country?
Can you take and post photos of what you receive in the gallery?
Do you have any allergies?

Do you have any allergens in your home?

What type of crafts do you make?

What type of crafts would you most like to receive?

What are your favorite types of warriors (i.e. Vikings, pirates, ninjas, etc.)?

Are there any specific people/characters you like?

Are there any shows/books relating to the theme that you'd like a craft related to?

Is there anything you would NOT like to receive?

Link to your pinterest/website, if you have one:

Anything else you'd like to tell your partner or the mods?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. roler
2. aisy
3. WaveLight23478
4. puzzled-penguin
5. noelle
6. cmarion3
7. whatthepuck
8. Smeddley
9. IsikkahJai
10. bec99
11. pioneer9
12. rockingbearranch

Isikkahjai <---> whatthepuck
Smeddley <---> bec99
rockingbearranch <---> puzzled-penguin
aisy <---> pioneer9
cmarion3 <---> Wavelight23478
noelle <---> roler
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Soot Sprite Hoop on: March 23, 2016 03:58:32 AM
I made another Spirited Away hoop!  

This one was for Ruby Copperhead in the Anime & Manga Swap, and based on this pin of a hoop by craftster user loveandasandwich: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752019832229/  I'd been wanting to try that design ever since I saw the pin ages ago, and when Ruby said she likes all the magical Ghibli creatures, I figured it was the perfect time!

Here are some progress shots:

It took quite a bit longer than I expected just to cut out all the little stars for the konpeito!

And just for fun, here's a picture I took on the way to the post office to send the package, because if you think the buildings in Spirited Away are crazy, you should see my neighborhood! XD
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fridge Magnet Swap Rd 2 GALLERY on: March 23, 2016 03:07:01 AM
Share pictures of your pretties here!

Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=443419.0


Kiurious <--> geekgirl1000100
PromisedHeartbrk <-->blupaisan
bec99 <--> ameliarator
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mini "Woman" Quilt on: March 22, 2016 03:40:40 AM
This is a very small mini quilt, not much bigger than a standard sheet of paper, that I made for P_E_S_T in the IYP swap.  She told me she collects art that represents what womanhood or femininity means to each artist, so this was my interpretation of that.  I decided that my identity as a woman is a patchwork of many different things, so I made a quilt, and labeled it with the Japanese character for "woman".

(Sorry it's turning up sideways!)

Here's some of the patchwork pre-applique:

The applique is felt over vinyl:
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Adventure Time Mini Quilt on: February 26, 2016 02:02:19 AM
I made this for a cartoon-themed swap on another website.  My partner loves Adventure Time, so I decided to make her a mini quilt wall art thingy with her four favorite characters.

I am really not a quilter, and there are more than a few mistakes, but I'm actually pretty happy with the wonky thing I ended up with!!

I used a whole bunch of different textures, all from my stash, and a few fun little notions to give it the wacky feel of the cartoon.  I hope my partner likes it!

I have to admit I was pretty dismayed at this point when I totally failed to line up my squares properly, but I decided to kind of run with it since the original art style is already pretty goofy!

I'm particularly happy with the Peppermint Butler!  His little shirt front was so fun to make!

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spirited Away Hoop on: February 19, 2016 03:49:49 PM
I made this hoop for my partner in the Studio Ghibli swap.  Her favorite Ghibli character is Chihiro from Spirited Away, so I decided to make some applique art of her.

She's based off of this image:

I tried to layer the felt properly, but realized once I got to this stage that I'd forgotten to put her hair behind her shoulder:

Oops!  But I managed to cut it to fit around the shoulder and it worked anyway... whew!!

And here's a random picture of the sloppy back of the piece, just 'cause I thought it was kinda cool looking. ;P
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