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 on: June 25, 2016 02:54:36 PM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by LittleLaura
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Fabricology
Project Name: Empire Waist Empire Skirt
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448192.0
Brief Description: I've had this fabric for a while and finally decided to make a skirt with it. I didn't use a pattern, I just kind of went for it Grin I wish I could get a picture of how the white parts of the fabric glow in the dark but my camera doesn't want to cooperate Angry
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 on: June 25, 2016 02:47:29 PM 
Started by LittleLaura - Last post by LittleLaura
I have a ton of Star Wars fabrics in my stash and I finally got around to using one of them! All the white parts glow in the dark Grin I didn't use a pattern, I just kind of winged it.

 on: June 25, 2016 12:52:56 PM 
Started by GreatAwk - Last post by GreatAwk

So I made my own tap shoes!  It wasnt difficult, and I happened to have everything I needed lying around.  And the best part?  They actually work!  Like, I used them opposite someone with real tap shoes and it worked.  They didnt sound identical, but it was good enough (and certainly not as tinny as gluing pennies to your shoes!)

What youll need:
1 pair shoes.  These can be anything you happen to have, Id guess even sneakers would work.  I happened to have an old set of white heels that I knew was never again going to look good enough to wear to a wedding, so I used those.
Scrap metal.  The metal is important, because thats what will make your normal shoes into tap shoes.  It needs to be thick (mine is about 1/8 in. thick), or the tap sound will be tinny (you dont want that).  I happened to find a nice old bracket out in my bros scrap metal bin, which worked nicely.
Pencil or sharpie
Hack saw (for cutting the metal)
Sand paper (rougher is better)
Glue.  I used super glue, but Ive heard Goop works better.

[My shoes]

Begin by figuring out how large you want your taps to be.  My ball taps (they go on the bottom of the toe of the shoe) were about 2 inches by 1 inch rectangles, because the bracket was only about 1 inch wide and I needed the two inches to go all the way across.  If you really want to do it right, Id make a sort of trapezoid shape (triangle with the top point cut off) about 3 inches tall and as wide at the bottom as your shoes sole is 3 inches from the toe.  That way you get as big a tap as possible without the metal showing while youre tapping.

Draw the shape of your taps on the metal using a ruler and a pencil or sharpie.  Use an edge if you can; youll have your work cut out for you without having to cut around all four sides!  Make two of these.

[Ball tap]

Now figure out how big you want your heel taps.  I skipped this because my heels were good and tappy already!  In general, if youre using womens heels, you can just make the tap about the size of the sole of the heel.  If not, simply make it about 3 inches tall by as wide as the heel of your shoe.  Again, draw the shape of the heel tap onto your metal, then make an identical second heel tap shape.

Note: you can make the taps smaller, but tapping would be easier with larger taps.

Ok, so now for the really not-so-fun part: Take the hack saw and cut out the taps.  Because youre using thick metal, this could take some time and energy.  (My bros one comment when he saw me using metal from his scrap bin was, Good luck cutting that Ive tried!)  I didnt find it much worse than using a dull saw on a piece of thick maple, but its certainly not a stroll in the park, either.

[Another pic of the ball tap]

When the taps are (finally!) cut out, use rough sand paper to sand down the edges (you dont want to get cut, nor do you want to scrape up your tapping surface any more than necessary).

Now apply glue to the metal taps and glue them to the soles (balls/toes and heels) of your shoes.  Apply the glue using the manufacturers directions; some say to apply it to both surfaces, others only one surface, some want you to use the glue outside, etc.

Then wait as patiently as you can for the glue to dry according to the manufacturers directions (usually about 24 hours, though quick-drying super glue should be fine within a few hours).

Now you can start tapping away!

A note about durability: I have used these for several hours and theyre still going strong.  Ill let you know more if they ever break or come unstuck...

 on: June 25, 2016 12:32:42 PM 
Started by GreatAwk - Last post by GreatAwk
So I just made the Spring Top Pattern shirt from Verdant Bents!

You can access the tutorial here: http://verdantbents.blogspot.ca/2012/04/make-your-own-easy-top.html?m=1

The pattern was easy to make (all straight lines!) and the tutorial easy to follow for a fairly advanced seamstress.  It would be easy for an intermediate sewer as well, and even a beginner could probably figure it out.

I wanted something cool, so I didn't put in the lining.  For the top set of elastic, I folded it over as though I wanted to hem the neckline, but made it wide enough for 1/4" elastic to go through.  I made a "sleeve" for the lower elastic with a strip of fabric with the seam allowances turned under and stitched in place (am I making sense?).  The other raw edges were turned over and stitched.

The fit is really quite good.  I had to make 2" seam allowances on the shoulders so the front wouldn't be too low for me (I'm a bit picky on that).  So next time I wouldn't cut the neckline (in front or back) anywhere near as low.  The good news is that the elastic in the front keeps the middle from bowing outward when you lean over!

The only other real issue is that as the shirt goes down over my hips, it's a bit tight.  Now, I have a short torso, so maybe this wouldn't be a problem for others?

Another great feature is that you can sew up the sides as far as you like.  I wanted tight sleeves, so I sewed them up a lot further than most people would.

Overall: I like the design, it's comfortable, classy, cool, and not too difficult to make!

 on: June 25, 2016 11:21:21 AM 
Started by bunny1kenobi - Last post by bunny1kenobi
I made this for the recent Book Swap.  I am a big fan of the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, and I sent my partner a copy of "City of Bones" from that series. 

I also sent a shirt that features the fearless rune.  (The runes play a pretty big role in the stories.)

The shirt is a much brighter blue than this picture shows.

 on: June 25, 2016 11:18:25 AM 
Started by bunny1kenobi - Last post by bunny1kenobi
Not sure if this is the right thread for this, but this is a mug rug I made based on the book "City of Bones", by Cassandra Clare,  for the book swap.

It features a quote that says: "Unfortunately, we are all out of bitter revenge at the moment, so it's either tea or nothing."

 on: June 25, 2016 11:15:34 AM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by roler
Prompt:  June: Lemonade
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Foodology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Umeshu Sorbet
Project Link: based on this recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/plum-and-red-wine-sorbet-239280
Brief Description:
Remember those shriveled, brown, and really boozy plums from last year's batch of umeshu?  I decided I HAD to use them for something, and a friend suggested I modify the recipe in the epicurious link above.  That one calls for fresh plums and red wine, but instead I used the liquor-soaked plums and more of the umeshu itself in place of the wine, and added just a few blueberries and strawberries mostly for color.  I only made a small batch, but this was some of the most amazingly flavorful sorbet I have EVER had!!  It could probably help get you drunk pretty well too! ;P  I served it at my birthday party today, and everyone agreed that it was super delicious!  I still have some plums left, so before I return the ice cream maker I borrowed from a friend, I think I'm going to have to make some more!
Turned in for Lemonade because not only are Japanese plums a very tart fruit, I also repurposed a by-product of a previous project!
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 on: June 25, 2016 11:14:13 AM 
Started by bunny1kenobi - Last post by bunny1kenobi
Hi!  Made this for the book swap, and since my partner has received, I can post!!

This was crafted to go with the book, "The Snake, The Crocodile, and the Dog" from the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters.  Super fun series, CANNOT recommend it highly enough. 

Anyway, the pendant features Amelia on one side and the letter A on the other.  How fortuitous that my partner's first initial is A as well!  I think it may have been fate...

Anyhoo, here's the goods!  I promise I sent it with a chain attached... Wink

 on: June 25, 2016 11:07:48 AM 
Started by bunny1kenobi - Last post by bunny1kenobi
I made this for the Book Swap recently.  One of the books I was crafting for was from the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters.  The book I sent was "The Snake, The Crocodile and the Dog."  The series is about a quirky family of Victorian-era Egyptologists who solve crimes while they are discovering archaeological treasures.  Fun, witty, adventurous... good stuff!  Anyway, the main character, Amelia, is famous for making lists.  In that spirit, I created this:

Bonus:  It's magnetic!

 on: June 25, 2016 09:31:32 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by Moonflame
Hey guys!  So much awesome stuff. Cheesy  HUFFLES, I'm waiting on one more addy, but I'm going to go ahead and mail the rest on Monday whether I have the addy yet or not.  I will get addresses and info to the other prize mailers this weekend.

OWL Subject & Option : Potions, Option 1 - Show off your ability to work with many ingredients by showcasing at least 3 different colors/pattern/textures.
Project Name: Dolly Duds
Brief Description: I used a variety of materials and techniques to create some clothes for my BJDs.  
Project Picture: Here's a collage, though I made even more items not pictured or counted (not happy with them.) My proposal was to create 12 items. Here you see: Skirt and shawl, a circular shawl and crazy tights, pleated skirt, shawl and socks, undies, dress, sweater, knitted shrug and sweater (I think this dress may have been used for another project, so I'm not counting it just in case), another sweater and a sweater-dress.

Whew!  It took me much longer than anticipated.  I think next time I embark on a project like that, it will be a NEWT proposal!

Challenge: Floo Powder
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Happy Planner Accessories
Project Description: After ogling Happy Planners for quite some time, I finally took a coupon to Hobby Lobby and got one!  I scored the ONLY peony one in the store. Grin  Then I set to work playing with it.  I made a fun Alice-in-Wonderland themed charm for it, which I love!  I also took some laminated cards I'd tried out for another planner and gave them a makeover and punched and cut "mushroom" holes so they'd pop in and out of my planner.  The Little Twin Stars sticker is one I've had since I was about 8 years old.  It has precious memories for me, so I decided to laminate it to some cardstock so it couldn't get hurt.  I found some GREAT washi tape in my stash that goes with the sticker border really well, and added some little diary stickers (clouds, sun, "fly high") and made this so I can use it as a bookmark that holds a few Hello Kitty sticky notes for easy use.
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Class: Flying
House: Huffelpuff
Project Name: Tiny Star Dolly Plush
Project Description: I adore tiny hummingbirds, and decided to go with the size option for this class.  This star is 2.5" x 2.5" and was super fun to make.  I cut a star shape from a magic eraser (I got 50 for I think under $5 at Aliexpress) and then I needle-felted wool roving around/into it.  So.  Much.  Fun. Smiley  If you want to watch a fun, related tute, Maqaroon does a bunch.
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