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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2017 DeStash Along on: January 01, 2017 11:30:48 AM
2017 DeStash-Along

Crafts by Peter Dutton, on Flickr

For most crafters the question isn't "Do You Have a Stash?" but rather "How big is your stash?"  Stashes can be big or small, from a single jar of seed beads to enough yarn to insulate your house.  They let us whip up last minute decorations and gifts, squirrel awesome supplies away until we can figure exactly how to use them, and rest easily in our beds knowing that in some future dystopia where pipe-cleaners are used as currency we will live like royalty.

Stashes are amazing things to have, but they are even more fun to use.  Join us on a year-long crafting spree through your stash!  All crafts and materials are welcome.  We post monthly themes and challenges to help kick-start your creativity, but don't feel yourself bound by them.  This is a place to talk with your fellow supply enthusiasts and show off projects made with your carefully curated hoard stash.

Join any time!

We've been going strong since 2009.  Take a look at our past DeStash Alongs for more information and inspiration:
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: December 26, 2016 02:20:09 PM
Long time, no post.  Which means, of course, that there's a massive project dump ahead.  You've been warned!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Second Sock
Project Page Link: Tracks Sock Pattern
Brief Description: Once upon a time I thought I'd be able to finish a simple pair of socks quickly enough that it wasn't worth proposing them as an OWL.  Several months later I finally finished up the second sock of the pair.

Second Sock by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - October
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Psychedelic Realfee Dress
Brief Description: Usually when I'm sewing doll clothes I do a little bit of planning to figure out how the pattern is going to appear on the bodice and skirt.  Not this time!  There was too much chaos on the fabric to bother.

319/365 Feelin' Groovy! by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - November
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Lati Green Holly-Day Dress
Brief Description: It took a couple of days to finish up this dress as I pondered whether or not it needed a sash.  It did.

Christmas Lily by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - December
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Realfee Swirl Dress
Brief Description: One of the most famous muggle depictions of a witch is the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard Oz.  In the movie she was given green skin to show off the color film.  It comes across as much the same color as this fabric.

Christmas Curlicues by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pizzelles
Project Page Link: Recipe
Brief Description: It has been a really rough Christmas season, and all I really wanted was to make the family's traditional christmas cookie, anise flavored pizzelles.  Usually I make them with my mom or my grandmother, but that wasn't happening this year.  These nearly didn't happen, since I had to call/visit six stores to actually find anise extract.  This was my first time making the batter (usually I'm in charge of the iron), first time with my own iron, and first time actually tasting the batter before it was baked.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - December - Post Owl
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Realfee Christmas Bauble Dress
Brief Description: One of the nice things about doll dresses is they fit flat inside an envelope for easy mailing.

33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: December 05, 2016 02:15:04 PM
Oh man, I'm not sure I could do the themes as well as you but I feel like I should volunteer. I think this is my favourite thread of all, lol. Any other takers?

We could team up!  I don't mind coming up with most of the themes/challenges if you could post them at the appropriate times.
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: December 04, 2016 06:11:18 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Nature Angels
Brief Description: My mother and her friends vacation in the next county over every year, and spend their week taking long walks and collecting interesting bits of nature along the way.  This year I was able to join them for an afternoon spent with glue guns and their finds making Christmas decorations.  I made a couple of these angels before I was roped into making wire stars for pine cone Christmas trees.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Carol's Chest
Brief Description:  I painted a chest of drawers for a family friend who was moving from her sister's house into a group home.  Carol had very specific ideas of what she wanted it to look like, and promises were made before actually consulting me on what my painting skills were, but I made it work after much frustration and learning lots of new skills.  She chose the text, and I added Goofy to the bottom drawer because she is absolutely obsessed with him.  It's kind of hideous, but exactly what she wanted!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pukifee Brown Dot Dress
Brief Description: While the leaves of the Camellia sinensis are used to make tea, the seeds are actually small round balls.  So we've got the dark brown background of a good cup of black tea, and the round dots for the seeds.  Or something like that...

35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: December 04, 2016 04:16:19 PM
December Themes

Done sewing by Steve Braund, on Flickr

Color: Holiday Colors (whatever that means to you)
For: Gifts
Pattern: Snowflakes
Inspiration: Books
Challenge 1: Work on all that holiday crafting that you meant to start earlier, but somehow time got away from you.
Challenge 2: We all have some projects lying around that are all done except for some tiny little details - snaps, clipping threads, a final blocking, etc.  Try your best to get those taken care of so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor in the new year.

P.S.  I haven't been able to devote much attention to the DeStash-Along this year.  I'm happy to keep going for next year, but if there's someone else more involved who would like to take over that would also be fine.  Let me know if you're interested!
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 16, 2016 04:30:56 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dotty Dress
Brief Description: The fabric for this dress features metallic gold accents that shine like the sun.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Asian Autumn Dress
Brief Description: I am all about that stash!  I have been saving this scrap of fabric for the past ten years in hope of finding a good project for it, and just decided to finally go for it.  I was very surprised that the water is what is most noticeable once sewn up.  Flat the leaves definitely popped more.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Happy Trees Dress
Brief Description: At first glance this fabric just looks like sponge painting, but if you look closely you'll see it's actually a forest of Bob Ross trees.

37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 08, 2016 06:19:07 AM
@edelC - Wow, what a transformation!  I bet it feels nice to have a clear table right before Christmas Crafting starts.  And I love your blue shelves on the wall!
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 06, 2016 02:28:22 PM
@jennleahlynn - What a strange mix-up!  Does this mean there's someone else out there with your cover on their book?  I hope you can get it fixed with the printer.

Somehow pictures turned out much larger than normal... still trying to figure out the best way to go about all this.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Acorns Galore
Brief Description:  When I first started making smallish doll clothes I ran into a lot of difficulty with attaching the skirt as instructed: one or two rows of gathering stitches on the skirt, lining up the raw edges of skirt and bodice with right sides together and sewing with a quarter inch seam allowance.  When I flipped the skirt right side out it always poofed alarmingly, the gathers never lay flat, and there was generally too much bulk at the waist.  I've since learned to sew all the way around the bodice and lining, just leaving a small gap at the bottom front so that you can flip it inside out like a pillowcase and then iron the heck out of it.  After sewing the side seams, I sew three rows of gathering stitches on the skirt, line up the finished edge of the bodice with the second row of gathering stitches and top-stitch on the bodice to attach the skirt, and then trim the extra seam allowance.  There's the same number of layers of fabric as before, but somehow between the extra ironing and top-stitching, everything just sits flatter.  Plus the extra rows of gathering stitches and larger seam allowance on the skirts helps keep the gathers even rather than crossing or folding as they often did before.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Shooting Star Dress
Brief Description: This fabric seemed perfect for a project inspired by meteor showers

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Prague
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Autumn Stripes
Brief Description: The fabric of the skirts reminds me of the deep colors and mix of patterns that goes along with bohemian style.

39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: October 26, 2016 09:33:36 AM
OWL Subject & Option(if available): Potions
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Jaywalker Socks
Brief Description: I would like to make a pair of Jaywalker Socks for my potions project.  These incorporate three different textures in their construction - the ribbing at the top, the zig-zag pattern on the leg, and plain stockinette for the bottom of the foot.  This should be particularly challenging considering that the zig-zag pattern has very little give so gauge will be more difficult that my usual sock choices.

40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: October 03, 2016 07:05:52 AM
October Themes

Thread by Jeremy Stratton, on Flickr

Color: Orange
Pattern: Sparkles
Inspiration: Music
Challenge #1:  Halloween is really the best holiday, because it's all about creativity and candy.  Use your stash and your creativity to create a costume or some holiday decorations.
Challenge  #2:   10 is such a nice round number.  Make something inspired by ten - using 10 things, something that uses 10 pieces of your stash, whatever works for you

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