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621  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Awesome Harry Potter Thing R2(OAHPT) (SU June 2-13;SO July 11) on: June 03, 2015 05:13:17 AM
Me me me! I wanna play!!
622  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Game Board Envelope Case on: June 02, 2015 04:45:57 PM
I got the oil cloth on eBay - after looking at a couple of specialist sites I found eBay was cheaper and sold in smaller sizes

It's not too bad to sew, I'm not great with a machine so someone more experienced would be ok I think! But I found that the shiny side didn't feed through the machine - my first design had sort of exposed folds on the edges, requiring sewing wrong sides together and I couldn't manage that. But as long as i kept right sides in it was fine. Also I found that, since I couldn't pin or tack (it would leave holes) I used little bulldog clips to hold things in place while I worked, and that was fine. I went really slowly, add show add my machine would go, to give me control over slipping too.
And use a good new, appropriate shaped needle!
623  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reframing my great aunt's embroideries on: June 02, 2015 04:34:42 PM

When my Great Aunt passed away last year, I ended up taking her embroideries (since no else wanted them and, as a cross stitcher I know how much time must have gone into them so I couldn't bear to leave them) but they weren't really my sort of thing and were in frames per that weren't helping. I picked up a couple of cheap frames and sprayed them to bring out the colours in the embroidery, and I really love how they came out.

The two cottages are by my great aunt Alice, who was a really awesome, generous, kind hearted lady and died peacefully in her armchair, having fallen asleep knitting and eating jelly babies :-) The other piece was done for her by my grandma, who taught me to sew when I was in primary school and was really instrumental in setting me on the path of this hobby that brings me so much joy.
I love that now I have a little piece of these two inspirational ladies, brightening my walls like they brighten my life
624  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fat Pile of TM patches - some nerdy, a couple that Light Up :-) PHOTO HEAVY on: June 02, 2015 04:14:32 PM

These were pretty much all made for swaps...
They are cotton, with (mostly) stem stitch embroidery  (some back stitch) done free hand in regular dmc thread. A couple have stamped details too

There's a lot of doctor who...

And harry potter. Plus neuroscience, fruit, buttons, beaches (the shell had a little hole worn through when I found it so I just sewd straight thought that to attach it)...

Alice in wonderland, Fantastic Mr Fox

The little press stud tabs on those doctor who ones, act as switches to turn on the flashing blue LEDs on top of the TARDISs - see...

I couldn't manage to get a photo of the other one lit (couldn't time it right with the flashing light and eventually gave up!)

And firefly themed...

Sign language, moon... Lots more harry potter!


I've used this owl print a few times...

a handful of random ones

And Little My, cause she's awesome
625  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Game Board Envelope Case on: June 02, 2015 03:41:46 PM
This game board carry envelope is for my cousin's boyfriend, he goes to a game board evening every week and normally wraps them up in plastic bags to keep them dry and protected, so she asked if I would make a more sustainable version!
The outer layer is waterproof, it's oilcloth -  the stuff for making table cloths from! Since Kyle loves to travel and his favorite board game (and mine! Ticket to Ride) is based on a map, this print seemed appropriate

Most of the work in this project isn't actually in the final piece; I spent hours practicing working with this thick shiny slippy fabric, and had to redesign the construction I wanted to have to be workable for me (I'm sure a more experienced seamstress would have been ok!)
I've also never added a buckle before, and the button on the stopper is inset to sit flat (K is for Kyle, his name :-) ) which I've never done before... So a lot of firsts!
It's also twice lined, one in stuffing to add protection and one in fabric. All the lining is properly structured to mimic the bag.
We measured up a load of game boxes to work out the best size to for most of them (they are a couple of outliers, but to fit those the bag would have been unwieldy, not useful for all the rest...)

The binding took an age, that's another area I practiced loads before starting on the real thing. I've done binding before but always felt it wasn't great and let projects down, whereas I was pretty pleased with how this turned out

And a little pocket inside to store cards or what not. That was going to be placket but I ran out of time (I only fished up the day before Kyle's birthday) so it's just simple patch.
The label is in that weird place to act as a patch over a small last minute snipping accident (I genuinely thought I was going to cry for a second before I thought of putting the lable over it!)
My cousin was super pleased with it and I guess I'll hear later if the birthday boy agrees too!!

I know this is a pretty simple project compared too some of the awesome stuff that you guys do, but I'm not much of a machine sewer so I was really pleased that it came out ok! Thanks for looking
626  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: June 02, 2015 09:39:07 AM
Well, we picked it out from onlyoilcloth.co.uk, but then my cousin found the same thing cheaper on eBay, and accessible in a better selection of sizes (the site only does pieces big enough to be a table cloth). I'm afford I don't know the seller name (and I suspect they are uk based anyway)

Thanks! Will include an oilcloth search on Ebay now. Wink Never thought of using that for bags ... but then... I never thought of sewing my own bag until now when getting frustrated with the current one! Shocked

It's not super difficult to work with, though I would advice a pattern where you can keep right sides together and not be trying to get your machine to feed the shiny side. Also you can't really pin or rack so I used a couple of bulldog clips (small ones) to hold things together while I was seeing.
627  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: June 02, 2015 09:35:31 AM
I think part of why my family loves bored hand is out let's us let out our competitive sides without it being serious; we all want to win but none of us would really fall out over it! (Whereas in sports... Certainly with the boys in my family, we have come nearer to real upset!)

You might like carcassone too Jennie, you have to cooperate as much as compete to do well in that :-)
628  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: June 02, 2015 07:43:45 AM
Well, we picked it out from onlyoilcloth.co.uk, but then my cousin found the same thing cheaper on eBay, and accessible in a better selection of sizes (the site only does pieces big enough to be a table cloth). I'm afford I don't know the seller name (and I suspect they are uk based anyway)
629  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: June 02, 2015 06:53:56 AM
Rather behind schedule (as the recipients birthday is today!) I finished this yesterday, and I have to congress I quite like having it be my first submission of the term...

NEWT SUBMISSION!
Subject; DADA
House; ravenclaw
This game board carry envelope is for my cousin's boyfriend, he goes to a game board evening every well and normally wraps them up in plastic bags to keep them dry and protected, so she asked if I would make a more sustainable version!
The outer layer is waterproof, it's the stuff for making table cloths from! But since Kyle loves to travel and his favorite board game (and mine! Ticket to Ride) is based on a map, this print seemed appropriate

Most of the work in this project isn't actually in the final piece; I spent hours practicing working with this thick shiny slippy fabric, and had to redesign the construction I wanted to have our be workable for me (I'm sure a more experienced seamstress would have been ok!)
I've also never added a buckle before, the button on the stopper is inset to sit flat (K is for Kyle, his name :-) ) which I've never done before
It's also twice lined, one in stuffing to add protection and one in fabric. All the lining is properly structured to mimic the bag.
We measured up a load of game boxes to work out the best size to for most of them (they are a couple of outliers, but to fit those the bag would have been unwieldy, not useful for all the rest...)

The binding took an age, that's another area I practiced loads before starting on the real thing. I've done binding before but always felt it wasn't great and let projects down, whereas I was pretty pleased with how this turned out

And a little pocket inside to store cards or what not. That was going to be placket but I ran out of tune so it's just simple patch. The label is in that weird place to act as a patch over a small last minute snipping accident (I genuinely thought I was going to cry for a second before I thought of putting the lable over it!)
My cousin was super pleased with it and I guys I'll hear later if the birthday boy agrees too!!
630  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: June 02, 2015 04:37:07 AM
Welcome Staci Rose!
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