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131  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 30, 2014 01:04:09 PM
Adorable pincushions, amymarie78!

I love the wash tape holder too, LovelyMiss!

Battle/Challenge: December UFO
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 10 (metallic)
Project Name: Woven Scarf
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431189.0
Brief Description: Years ago I was in love with a scarf - but I became allergic to it  Tongue I planned to make a look-alike that I could wear and keep breathing. Over Christmas break I finally did it (it took forever!) and, now, I have pictures to prove it! There is metallic thread running through one of the yarns used.
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132  Woven scarf - made using a scroll frame for a loom! in Weaving: Completed Projects by Calabaza on: January 30, 2014 12:55:37 PM
Long ago I bought yarn with the idea of semi-recreating an awesome scarf I had once but gave up because I'd grown allergic to it  Cry This scarf is 100% me-safe!

After abandoning the notion of knitting or crocheting (which I admire greatly but actually doing either frustrates the heck out of me), I dug out an embroidery scroll frame, cut oodles of 3-yard-long black strands for the warp and started weaving.

The scroll frame had 2 split dowels that I slid the warp strands through but no pegs to keep the strands spaced. It was also a 6" frame. I had to keep pulling the finished part up through one dowel and manually untangling and spacing the next portion of warp before passing the weft through.

However, 4 days later = done! And I mean just about 4 entire days. I started on Boxing Day and didn't finish until sometime in the afternoon on Dec. 29. I just plopped in front of the TV and wove!

It's about 7 feet long with 10" fringe on either side. The whole thing is secured by machine sewing in black thread all around the edges.

It's warm and when I went back to work with it I got compliments! Not bad for a vacation project! I think I am quite happy with my new scarf.  Smiley
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133  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 05, 2014 02:20:28 PM
BadWolf314, those signs look great!
craftADDchick, nice snitch!
LovelyMiss, I'd love to taste that bread!

Battle/Challenge: December archeology
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: World map macaroon
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430595
Brief Description: A map and geographical knowledge must be important to an archeologist and I seriously love making macaroon coin purses. This one was made for a friend who's a teacher at a Montessori school. The color-coded continents are Montessori-style. I drew traced the outlines then painted them in with fabric paint. I went for a vintage feeling with the rest, with the neutrals and golds.
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Battle/Challenge: December bag of holding
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: TARDIS macaroon
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430595
Brief Description: I told you I seriously love making macaroon coin purses. This one is for a Doctor Who fan. It was done with fabric marker (blue on white side) and fabric paint (white on blue side) sealed with modpodge. I really like the finish it gave. I'll be remembering it.
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Battle/Challenge: December festivus
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Butterfly tea towel
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: For a Christmas present!
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Battle/Challenge: December marching to your own drum
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: TARDIS huck towel + pattern
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430594.0
Brief Description: Project Picture: As you may have guessed, I like huck embroidery/weaving/whatever you want to call it. Some of the patterns can be a bit old-seeming (not in a good way, at least to my personal tastes.) I did up this TARDIS on a tea towel for Christmas by staring at a bunch of cross stitching patterns.

With a few tweaks, here it is all written out.

There. Much more me! Now I can make one for myself!
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134  More macaroons: vintage Montessori globe & TARDIS in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: January 05, 2014 02:00:09 PM
More macaroons! I love them. These ones were made for Christmas presents.

For my pal who's a Montessori teacher:

a Montessori-style world map! I traced the continents onto the blue fabric then painted them in with fabric paint according to the color-coding system we learned in teaching school. I went for neutrals with a vintage-y vibe for the rest.

And for a Who-fan:

TARDIS and space. I did the TARDIS side with a blue fabric marker and the space side with white fabric paint. As I didn't entirely trust the fabric marker not to bleed and had to put the paint on pretty thick, I coated both sides with modpodge. I like the finish. I'm going to remember it.

Thank you for looking! They're lots of fun to make. Maybe you'd like to try your hand at them? I'd love to see!
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135  Huck embroidered TARDIS in Needlework: Completed Projects by Calabaza on: January 05, 2014 01:40:36 PM
I've decided that I really like huck embroidery (I went on and on about it here) but some of the patterns and/or color combinations can be very not me or anyone I know except a couple of my aunts who like antiques. For a Christmas present for a relation who isn't into that I did up this on a towel:

Picture was taken right before gift wrapping at night in an oddly lit room. Smiley

If anyone wants to give it a shot (I hope you do!) here's a pattern. When I was embroidering the towel I did the TARDIS herself first then went back and did the lines across. This pattern makes a more legit design, making the lines as you go along.

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for looking!
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136  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: December 31, 2013 04:37:30 PM
Beautiful snowflake!

I've been crafting TONS but been quite neglectful on the picture-taking and editing end of things. I will get on that. My first New Year's resolution! And I've gotten a bit of a head start, sneaking in on the last day to get those points...

Battle/Challenge:  December battle (HP)
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Tea Huck Embroidered Tea Towel
Project Page Link (if available): none, yet
Brief Description: Tea and sympathy, anyone? The beverage pops up frequently in the Harry Potter series. Here's a huck embroidered tea towel featuring a tea pot (with a heart. Awww.)
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Battle/Challenge:  December flash mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Huck embroidered tea towel
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: To be given as a Christmas gift. The pattern kind of reminds me of snowflakes, too, especially with the cream-on-white.
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137  Cathedral windows-inspired appliquéd pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: December 06, 2013 05:08:17 PM
I cut (a LOT!) and sewed this up for my buddy, Sticker, for the most recent IYP swap.

Like I did with this one, I cut the design out of the top fabric (osnaburg in this case, AKA poor man's linen. Love it!) and sewed it onto a blue backing to help form the quasi-cathdral windows-y pattern. This time I washed and dried it before sending so I could see how the cut edges turned out.

Running my fingers over it felt niiiice  Grin and the washer didn't eat it! Yay and whew!

I used wonderunder on the other, previous cover to trace interlocking circles as cutting lines and adhere it to the blue before sewing. This one is bigger- bed-pillow sized -and since I didn't want a potential break where 2 wonderunder pieces met, I had to think of something else.

I ended up using freezer paper to draw the circles then peeled it off (careful not to stretch my fabric out of shape!) My precious, baby, do-NOT-eat-or-drink-or-breathe-near-it osnaburg was then spritzed with a 50/50 school glue/water mix and oh-so-nicely patted onto the blue.

It wasn't near as strong a bond as the wonderunder- and pins were needed -but it helped quite a bit! Definitely will use it again!

After appliquéing the front, I stitched it to the blind-hemmed lapped zipper back (here's a tutorial I made up for that.) The seam allowances were finished, the whole thing was washed and dried and, finally, photos were taken  Smiley

Thanks so much for looking!
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138  Re: SETTING UP - Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: December 04, 2013 06:55:20 PM

~ Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers ~
To better understand this team...
-Our motto could be "It's all good."
-Kind of like Hufflepuff

Welcome, welcome!
If you have any questions, go ahead and pop off a PM to me, Calabaza,
or mosey on over to the Discussion Thread.

~Team Randomizer Points - 1480pts~
*Reminder: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts, Engineering/Giver 10 pts Extra*

Completed Challenges
A festivus for the rest of us - Calabaza, LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Bag of holding - Calabaza, crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Throw a little glitter on it - LovelyMiss, crazyda79, Calabaza
Archaeology - Calabaza, LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Marching to your own drum - LovelyMiss, Calabaza*, crazyda79
Craftin’ New Year - LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Theme Song - LovelyMiss, Calabaza, crazyda79
Old School - crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Twenty Sided Die - Calabaza, LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Put a Bird on it - LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Talk Nerdy - crazyda79, LovelyMiss*
Zombie apocalypse - LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Free Art - LovelyMiss, crazyda79, Calabaza
Jurassic Park - crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Superfan - crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Calabaza

Completed UFO Sightings
December - LovelyMiss*, Calabaza*, crazyda79*
January - crazyda79*, LovelyMiss**, Calabaza*
February - crazyda79*, LovelyMiss*

Completed Battles
December - Calabaza, LovelyMiss
January - crazyda79, LovelyMiss
February - crazyda79, LovelyMiss

Completed Flash Mobs
December - LovelyMiss, Calabaza
January - LovelyMiss, crazyda79, Calabaza
February - crazyda79, LovelyMiss

Red Alert
February:  In celebration of the 2014 Winter Olympiad, craft an item inspired by the Olympic Games, great athleticism, or the country you represent (or would want to represent) in the Olympics.
crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Calabaza

Completed Research Projects
LovelyMiss - Days for Girls liners*

Proposed Research Projects
   Calabaza - Blanket

*Completed Challenge + Charity/Engineering/Bonus
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139  Re: One Small Doctor Who Thing Swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: December 03, 2013 05:03:09 PM
Yesterday I received from whenindoubtsew!

I was so spoiled! She sent tea, a cute and yummy-looking candy and not 1, but 2 lil' DW things! Isn't the embroidery on the TARDIS coin purse amazing?

And I adore this bracelet! One of my favorite episodes is The Unicorn & the Wasp. w.i.d.s. made me a shrink plastic (would never have guessed that it was made out of that) bracelet inspired by it! I can't wait to wear it to work tomorrow and show it off.

I'm so glad you like your necklace, partner! Funny how we both went for representational jewelry  Smiley I guess we sure were well matched, spikefan! Thanks for swapping, whenindoubtsew, and thanks, spikefan, for organizing!
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140  Re: IYP 24 - Fall Fandango Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: December 03, 2013 04:57:42 PM
There's stuff in the gallery! Great stuff! Wow!  Shocked

A package came for me in the mail yesterday so now I get to add the super-see-duper pillowcase I got from StickerChic87!

Vintage travel! We agreed to swap pillowcase this time around and provided each other with theme suggestions. Sticker knows I love vintage travel anything and, though some of my favorite colors are bright and warm, I do have a very soft spot for neutrals. This is a perfect pillowcase for me!

Just look at the quilting and her fabric choices! Awesome. The back is brown and closes envelope-style.

Thank you so much, Sticker! I love what you made for our small but, so far, wonderful swap. I hope you like what I made for you all right! It'll be going out shortly.

Thanks again!
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