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41  Harry Potter themed felt coasters in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: September 08, 2016 11:44:10 AM
So, a while ago, I made my Mom some Harry Potter Coasters.


After giving them to her, she decided that they were ART and not to be used as coasters. Recently, she said she needed coasters. My arguing that she already HAS coaster was met with  Roll Eyes and  Angry. Lesson learned: Don't argue with your mother. *sigh* I asked her what kind of coaster she wanted and she went  Roll Eyes Angry "Harry Potter of course!"

So I made these. I really like how they turned out. Not sure if my favorite is the snitch, the key or Hedwig. I sure hope she doesn't decide these are ART too.  Roll Eyes

I've also made a Doctor Who and a Zentangle set. Each coaster is made with four layers of craft felt (sometimes a wool blend). I embroider the design pieces to two layers of felt and then stitch on a back. I usually stitch all around the background (did not do that for the Hogwart's crest) so that it make the coaster very firm.

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42  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by fatewineroses on: July 29, 2016 11:21:09 AM
Please count me in noodle-bug. I purchased it for my mom; but she lives too far away to borrow it from her.

My last partner finally received, so I can post now! Yay!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Pinch of Floo Powder - Little Whinging
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: TM Patches, pt. 2
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449804.0

Brief Description: Two patches for Wulf for the TM Patch swap. I commute about twenty minutes on the Bart to get back and forth every day. I carry a first aid kit that acts as my project bag. I would say that about 75% of the stitching on these were done on the train or not at home.
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43  TM Patches, pt. 2 in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: July 29, 2016 10:56:35 AM
I was lucky enough to be partnered with Wulf for the recent TM Patch swap. While stalking him, I found a wonderful painting he had pinned of Harvey Milk as a saint. I was doing two patches and had already decided to use his "cocktail hour" theme for one patch; but the other was wide open. While in the process of making a decision on the topic of the second patch, the Orlando shootings happened. I had to do Harvey.

If you don't know who Harvey Milk is, he was the first openly gay person to be elected to office in California. He held a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He was only in office for eleven months when he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated. The picture I used was from his campaign and the quote I used was one of his most famous quotes. I struggled with the design and it went through several changes in color, fabric, placement, size, etc. I was very happy with how it turned out.

Oh. And I just read this morning that the US Navy intends to name a ship after him! How awesome is that!?!?!


Cocktail hour around here in SF is all hipsters and techies paying $18 for a single drink. Totally not my idea of a good cocktail hour. I wanted to do a vintage theme and immediately thought of the artist Shag(http://www.shagthestore.com/home.html). I absolutely love his style and he's definitely retro. But the color scheme really didn't work with the desired palette that Wulf gave. So I found this one clip art that had the "Cocktail Hour" and "Where the smart people meet" script; but the rest of the image didn't work. I found another image I liked, then put them together. I was going to go completely black on the stitching; but towards the end I wanted the "Cocktail Hour" to pop. I felt it needed some serious color. I played with a couple options and then gave them to my boyfriend for the final vote. He was super proud that the color really worked! I ask him for his opinion all the time and he balks. He's afraid to be wrong. I keep explaining that I'm not looking for a "right" answer; just another eye/opinion. He's finally getting it and loves giving input!

The stitching on this was kind of tricky. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get all of the hors d'oeuvres stitched so you would actually know what they are supposed to be!

I'm very happy that Wulf liked them both.
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44  Re: Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: July 29, 2016 10:20:01 AM
Wow. I love those cat plates!!! Totally awesome!

I have received from rjannelle!!! She sent me the most awesome package! It came at just the right time, because the day was just..one of those days. Getting a package like this made it turn pretty epic.

The box was stuffed pretty much from top to bottom when I opened it. There was a card on top that mentioned spoilers, so I set it aside. Then I saw this mug rug.

And on the other side...

I'm not sure how she did the text; but it's pretty darn awesome. My bf likes it enough that it might get relegated to a hot pad at home vice taking it to work. But first I need to hide it while my mother is visiting this weekend.  Grin

Then I pulled this out. It took me a bit to get it open; and unfortunately it broke in transit...

I must have pinned a thousand little pincushions of little houses on hills. I never, ever would have thought to put the Burrow on the hill. Robyn, if you have better pictures of this, please post them. It is such a fantastic piece, my single picture here does not do it justice AT ALL.

After I sat and stared at my new pincushion, (you know I wasn't even crazy upset that the cup broke. I can totally get another cup.), I pulled out what I thought was the last item. This quote, if you didn't know, is Dumbledore speaking to Harry in the Half-Blood Prince. Which is my favorite book.

Then I read my card...which had me scrambling for the box and the papers. Robyn had wrapped this little girl in paper and put her in the cup. I totally missed her! She's perfect. If I were a wizard, (the jury is still out), She would be my patronus. I lifted her up and let her slightly twirl in the air when I found her, and she made me smile.


Again Robyn, if you have a better picture of her, please post. I just couldn't seem to get a good picture of her.

Many many thanks to Robyn. I know that these pieces are some of those I have received in other swaps, like my Eeyor needlebook. They will be well used and worn over many years to come.

And more thanks out to Jennie. For hosting all of us crazy kids in the middle of the HP Summer Semester.
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45  Hippogriff/Buckbeak Ornament in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: July 27, 2016 03:38:03 PM
Using pottermouth's tutorial/pattern, I made a hippogriff for my partner in the HP Burrow Swap. Made from a wool blend felt, it was super easy to do. But I forgot the tail! I'm going to make another one for my mom and will need to remember the tail next time.

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46  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by fatewineroses on: July 27, 2016 03:31:08 PM
Sorry to do two posts in a day. I didn't realize my partner received and posted her stuff until just a little bit ago.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Summer Quidditch - Beater
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Weasley Clock
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449786.0#new
Brief Description: Wooden clock face made into a clock like Molly Weasley has in her kitchen. Made for my partner in the HP Burrow Swap.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hippogriff ornament
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449787.0
Brief Description: Using pottermouth's tutorial and pattern, I made a Hippogriff for my partner in the HP Burrow swap. I transfigured wool blend felt into a hippogriff!

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47  Weasley Clock in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by fatewineroses on: July 27, 2016 03:23:37 PM
My partner (rjannelle) in the Burrow Swap REALLY REALLY wanted a clock like Molly Weasley has. I mean, she REALLY wanted one. Capital letters and exclamation points here people! Painting and things like that are completely out of my roundhouse though. I've done basic stuff; but nothing like would be required to do this project. But she REALLY wanted one and I like challenges...so why the heck not!?! Right? Right.

Originally I wanted to make it a functional clock that had all of the Weasley family on their separate hands. But once I got the clock motor with extra long shaft, installed it (and the Weasleys!), I found out it didn't work.  Cry There was not enough time to have it replaced. There were tears. There was a meltdown (Ask my bf. He had to talk me down from the ledge.).

Then I pulled myself together (Somewhat. There were still tears.) and went to the store(s).

As a compromise, I sent the clock as a clock. And then I also sent the pieces to make it into a decorative piece with just the Weasley hands...or her own family if she so chose. And after all of that, she loved it. So that's a win.

The face was done in antique white and navy blue. The script was done in black. I wanted to do it in brown to give it some warmth; but could not find a brown that made me happy. I didn't shade it at all because I didn't trust myself to not mess it up. I sealed it with a satin finish.

If you're wondering about the process. No. I did not freehand it. I am NOT that talented. I printed a picture from the web of the face of the clock, made sure it was the right size, then used some transfer paper to copy it on the painted face. Then I painted it all in. Super easy, if time consuming.

I made the Weasleys from a piece of cardstock and thin cardboard glued together and then painted silver. After the picture was glued on, I also painted them with a satin finish. I made some blanks if rjannelle wanted to add her family in.

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48  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by fatewineroses on: July 27, 2016 12:01:54 PM
I want to comment about the latest stuff (It's all pretty amazing!) but I am too mentally tired. And hungry. I need to go get lunch!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: TM patches, part 1
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449783.0
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) Teesha Moore patches are two small piece of fabric, with batting or fluff or something in between. Sewn together and then usually you roll up or fold up the edges to make a border. Then you embellish. For most of the patches I do I use cotton batting. It gives it a quilted look and there's usually no fluff sticking out when you stitch on them. I usually use them as mini canvases.
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49  TM Moore patches - skull tree and thestral in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: July 27, 2016 11:10:12 AM
I made these two Teesha Moore patches for audio for the recent TM Patch swap.

As you might know, she has a thing for skulls. She had this posted on her Pinterest and I thought it would be a good pattern to use. It's from Urban Threads. I had the worst time with the stitches for the head and eyes! Normally TM patch bindings are wrapped thread. I really liked the backing fabric though, and really didn't want to use that method. So I essentially did a seed stitch around the edges in white. Mostly on the white so they would blend in.

She also had thestrals from Harry Potter listed. Did you know that there are a million inaccurate depictions of what thestrals are supposed to look like out there? While I found a thousand cool looking drawings, most of them got something, if not most wrong. Finally I found a couple different tshirt drawings that were fairly accurate. I pulled them both and did a bit of a mash up. While I liked the red border, it seemed too stark. I wanted to break it up; but once again I wanted something different. I just started stitching and this is what happened.

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50  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R7! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: July 22, 2016 03:02:23 PM
I would like to think that most of us have those Craftsters that we are fans of. You know. You ALWAYS look for their posts; and if they happen to be in a swap, you kind of stalk the gallery. Right? Because we really like what they do and are always looking forward to seeing what they come up with next. You hear me, right? And if you just so happen to be in a swap with them, you ALWAYS cross your fingers and your toes and maybe even send a tiny prayer upstairs...hoping that maybe, just MAYBE you'll get partnered with them. But it never EVER happens. Until now.

My last swap I got partnered with audio and roler...I am a HUGE fan. And then this swap I freakin' hit the d@mn jackpot. Because I got partnered with audio AND Wulf. Whaaaaaat?!?!?!?!

This is why I swap folks. For those moments when the anticipation makes me breathless...because not only do I get something from THEM; but I get to make them something.

NOTE: The above was *slightly* exaggerated.

audio made me a couple of rad patches that I am still fondling on a regular basis. And yesterday I picked up a package from Wulf, tore it open, and my eyes just about bugged out of my head. Wulf never seems to disappoint.

Animal is just about my most favorite Muppet. Here his eyebrows are super fuzzy and the orange feathers make me want to twirl his "moustache."  Grin

I absolutely adore most anything Doctor related. I am uncertain if Wulf printed and the colored in the middle portion; or did you free hand it? The center "Doctor Who" is an applique. However done, I really really like it.

I loved the various fabrics that he sent along to make patches with. I can't decide if my favorite is the yellow one or the wolves.

I believe that to make cool stuff, a craftster must hoard bits and bobs. I truly don't have enough of them. These will help! And do you see the embroidery thread? The autumn looking one is pure silk and the colors are amazing. And I love the blue variegated embroidery thread. I have been meaning to experiment more to get not afraid of using materials I am not familiar with.

Thanks for an awesome swap Wulf! I really loved everything.

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