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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 5 (SIGNUP 4/30/15-5/14/15; MAIL BY 6/13/15). on: May 28, 2015 09:40:46 PM
I'll be sending early next week -- going to the mountains for the weekend, and no internet or post office there!
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 5 (SIGNUP 4/30/15-5/14/15; MAIL BY 6/13/15). on: May 21, 2015 08:28:10 AM
I finished one patch, but I may be greedy and keep it for myself.  Cheesy
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 5 (SIGNUP 4/30/15-5/14/15; MAIL BY 6/13/15). on: May 17, 2015 02:01:12 PM
For a non-washable fabric, try steaming it and/or letting it sit in the sun for a while.

If you're using regular cotton fabrics, and other fabrics of similar weight, the stuffing makes a big difference, especially if you stitch through it a lot to condense it. If there isn't a lot of stitching, so the patch looks more like a pillow than a poptart, that stuffing won't help as much with structural integrity, but it still helps a little. No matter how many stitches are worked on fabric that lacks that quilting layer in the middle, the finished piece will likely still feel floppy and flimsy...Which is fine for many projects, but the stiffness is part of what makes these patches work as book covers and bags. Or, potentially, playsets (scroll down on this link; such a great idea for a fabric dollhouse).  Smiley

If you use thicker fabrics like fleece, fulled sweaters, or knit swatches, you'll be fine without stuffing.

My first several patches were stuffed with pieces of a fluffy bathrobe I'd cut apart for a project. Though that made the stuffing even, the fluff always pulled through with the stitches, and it looked bad.

For several years I've been trying to use up a bag of polyfil left over from a store-bought throw pillow that turned into a craft-fail Cheesy (I wanted some part of that pillow to go to good use!). It has not been ideal because it's very bunchy. I will try quaggy's tip to help with that. I compensate for the unevenness with tons of stitches.

For my last two patches, though, I inserted a scrap of soft, thick flannel between the two fabric pieces before sewing any of the sides. It's been so much easier to work with, and still sturdy. I don't know specifically what this fabric is called, but it is used for some baby blankets and other baby accessories; it isn't fleece (no fluff pulling up through the stitches), and it is very lightweight, but still thick. If I had quilt batting I'd definitely want to use that, but since I just work with what I have, these alternatives are fine.
4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 5 (SIGNUP 4/30/15-5/14/15; MAIL BY 6/13/15). on: May 16, 2015 04:35:09 PM
Tomorrow or Monday I will get hopping on this (depends on which day I go home; I'm housesitting this weekend)!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: scrappy summer camisoles on: May 12, 2015 06:28:04 PM
These are wonderful! I had to see what this post was about when I saw the thumbnail because it looked uncannily like me and what I like to wear.  Cheesy
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 5 (SIGNUP 4/30/15-5/14/15; MAIL BY 6/13/15). on: May 09, 2015 08:44:07 AM
I'll be very proud of myself if I finish 12 this year.
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 5 (SIGNUP 4/30/15-5/14/15; MAIL BY 6/13/15). on: May 08, 2015 07:14:38 PM
I set out to make a patch today, and it turned into a mug rug...I suppose adding more stitches will turn it back into a TM patch.  Smiley
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday, 8 May 2015 on: May 08, 2015 07:13:24 PM
Wow, I saw that first picture before reading and my honest immediate thought was, "Did she just post a picture of some regular yarn from the store??" That is some unbelievable work. I bow to the Master!  Smiley
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday, 8 May 2015 on: May 08, 2015 02:48:06 PM
We're due for a Fiber Friday! Here's something I finally finished...Actually I finished it a couple months ago but was too busy with other stuff to post it...


It's 106 yds, a thick-and-thin plied with an all-thin  Cheesy, then I wound some black-and-gold metallic thread around sections that needed more definition. I still have a lot of this Ferndale Fiber roving left, and I'm going to leave all of that thin and single-ply, and this skein can be worked in for an accent row on whatever the finished object becomes.

Please share any pics you have from the last month, there hasn't been a Fiber Friday in quite some time!
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 5 (SIGNUP 4/30/15-5/14/15; MAIL BY 6/13/15). on: May 04, 2015 03:02:08 PM
Yay, I just finished my remaining assignments for the spring semester! Now I am taking a relaxing/crafting break (first stop: Craftster!) before diving into additional work.

In the course of the research I was finishing for school, I found information I needed for a craftADDchick science patch I've been wanting to make.  Cheesy So I might start up that patch tonight (I'm sending it whether or not we get paired up!  Wink).

This upcoming weekend I'm going to visit a friend in L.A. for some long overdue girls-time. Originally we were going for a ride in an amphibious vehicle in Santa Barbara but that plan fell through...They take you on a tour of Downtown Santa Barbara, and then drive right into the ocean and sail around for a while, then drive out and drop you back in the middle of town again! It's really absurd and fun; I recommend it.  Smiley
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