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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Men's suit coat pattern for a stuffie I've made on: May 20, 2015 08:48:52 PM

So for a project I'm working on, I made a chap out of felt. And made him clothing too, including winter and summer clothing.

But ... I have made four different suit coats and they simply never work out! Has anyone ever made a miniature suit coat? Any pointers to patterns? Or even doll clothing to buy that I could then copy for his specific size?

When I try searching the web for men's suit doll (or various variations of that) I get so much other stuff. I spent hours the other day trying to filter the results and still never found what I needed.

And the projects I've found on Craftster (lovely Sherlock & Whovian fellows in coats) are trench coats, or jackets without a real collar & front lapels that actually fold back flat against the coat, or it's just pictures and no technique mentioned.


FYI, here's the chappie I'm working on, with one of his failed suits on (I need to make it out of wool felt or wool fabric, for an authentic-ish winter suit coat):

Thanks all!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Simon's Cat swap! on: February 01, 2012 09:04:12 AM

Hey gang! I was thinking it would be neat to do a SImon's Cat swap, and keep it short and sweet. Maybe not a "one tiny thing" swap, as maybe someone wants to make one item that ends up larger ... but how about "one simple thing" swap?  Smiley  As in, don't have to make 5 items and 20 extras ... just one nice item required, size not an issue.

I'd be happy to organize.

What say folks?
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / What's up - or rather down - with Craftster lately? on: December 02, 2011 04:12:25 PM

Seems it's been down a lot, and no mention on Twitter or notifications in the news section here.

And it's not just me - I make sure to check that much. Heheh. First rule of troubleshooting: is it me?!  Cheesy  Other people try, I run tests through downforeveryoneorjust me and other such sites, and it's down hard. 

Growing pains? Weather?  Leak in the roof turned the server-crafted-out-of-dryer-lint into mush?!  Grin Grin Grin <3 <3

Just wonderin', not complainin'!  Wink
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Owl Matryoshka Hoop (for the Hoopla swap) on: October 03, 2011 11:32:36 PM

Yay, my partner received and so I can post this finally.  Grin 

When I got my partner in the most recent Hoopla swap, and read her likes, I thought "Ha ha, I should combine all of her likes together in one embroidery!" and I laughed.  I mean, really - owls, matryoshka dolls, blue&white china ... how could I?!  So I started looking at embroidery patterns, trying to make something fit.

Then I was cruising Spoonflower fabric designs one day and found this:


And wow, hey, that fits the bill for all her likes!  So I asked the artist if she would mind me using it as an embroidery pattern, and she agreed. So I got stitchin'!  And I came up with this:

Then I wrapped the hoop in matching blue ribbon, and left extra so my partner could choose what length she wanted.

The stitches I used were:

Chain stitch, back stitch, seed stitch, split stitch, stem stitch, vine stitch, Colonial knot, raised cup stitch, whipped back stitch, lazy daisy stitch, satin stitch, double feather stitch, and French knot.

And I'm really proud of the back, I've been trying to do my stitching without any knots, just weaving in the ends, and no carrying the thread over from one section to another (except seed stitching, I couldn't help it there!).

And then I got silly on the finished back of the hoop. Hee.  Grin

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / One Tiny Winter House Swap Gallery on: December 17, 2010 05:39:30 PM
We have a sender, so here's our Gallery!

Bethives(sent&recv'd) - NiinaMaria(sent&recv'd)
gatheredthreads(sent&recvd) - goldsheepbowl(sent&recvd)
Sinellia(sent&recvd) - confuzzle (sent&recvd)
mandykaye(sent&recvd) - petskin(sent&recvd)
Stickerchic87(sent&recvd) - camelama(sent&recvd) - mellifluousfondue(sent&recvd)
barbalot(sent&recvd) - pearliepie(sent&recvd)
shadeweave(sent&recvd)- Phizzychick (sent&recvd))

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hermit Crab and Can of Peas "shell" on: December 08, 2010 04:51:52 AM
For the One Tiny Stuffie Swap, my partner RhymeswOrange said she liked hermit crabs. I'd never really learned about those and so it was an instant challenge to make one! I loved all the old cartoons and drawings of them in tin cans instead of shells, so went that route.  Keeping it under 4"x4"x4" was quite a task!!!  This is all my own design from scratch.

So here's the crabbie!

The crab (un-named, and sex unknown - Rhymes gets to determine that) walks around wearing the can:

But, when threatened, the crab can retreat into the can for safety!

The crab can also come out of the can completely and run around nekkid. It looks somewhat lobster-ish, but they are a more elongated crab than a typical red oval crab, like a Dungeness or such. (Tho this one is even more elongated than normal, oops!) They use the back end of their body to firmly latch onto their portable shelter.

The claws (arms and claws themselves) are pose-able, as are the front two sets of legs and the body itself (that's how it fits into the can, and stays there!).  There are pipe cleaners inside for the posing.

An in-progress pic:

The crab and the labels on the can are of 100% wool felt, the gray can itself is eco-felt. 

The can is stiffened with Timtex inside the walls and both ends. (these pics before I put the lid on the can). I tried to make the seam look like an old tin can joining seam, too.

Then I stitched rings on the lid to look like the ridges in a lid, and attached it to the body of the can. I deliberately tried to make the edges of the can all bumpy and rough, to look like it was opened with one of those old-timey can openers, the kind that you had to "punch and rock" to open.

In-progress can:

I had *so* much fun making this crab and the can!  I'm so glad it went to a good home.  Grin
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Winter House Swap (signups CLOSED Sendouts 1/04/11) FINISHED! on: November 13, 2010 01:11:27 AM
GALLERY HERE: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=367514.0

(picture thanks to notmartha: http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2009/12/18/a-gingerbread-house-that-perches-on-the-rim-of-your-mug/

Welcome to the Tiny Winter House Swap!  Grab your mittens and scarves, it's cold out!

Details of swap:
You will be crafting one Tiny Winter House for your partner.  This swap will have the same parameters as the OTT or One Tiny Thing swap.  Your house must be smaller than 4 X 4", and can be made in any media with any materials you choose.  The goal is to craft something tiny that you can create with a high level of skill.  Careful work, beautiful details, embellishment and interesting finishes/stitches/clay work, etc. are encouraged.  
You will have one partner.  You can only send your partner one Tiny House, so extras are not allowed in this swap.  We want a relatively low-impact swap that won't break the piggy bank on materials or shipping.

This is on the same time line as the Haunted House Swap - let's be efficient now, house-builders!

Swap name: Tiny Winter House Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Camelama

Sign-up date range: 13th 20th November 2010
Date to send item by:  18th December 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? : 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Age requirement? 16+

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES  
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap

Due to the tight time frame, anyone with a significant history of sending late will be refused a place on the swap.

Additional requirements:

1.  Keep in regular contact with me (the organizer) or by posting in the thread.  When PMing me about the swap always put Tiny Winter House Swap in the subject so that I don't miss your PM.  If you foresee that you will have a problem sending out on time or have another issue please let me know as soon as it comes up.

2.  Keep in regular contact with your partner.  

3. YOU MUST PM ME AND YOUR PARTNER WHEN YOU SEND AND WHEN YOU RECEIVE.  If you are sending within your own country, you must have a DC# (delivery confirmation number).  When  you pm to say you have sent, be sure to include your DC number.  If you are sending outside of your country and cannot get a tracking number, you must keep your receipt as proof of shipping and preferably send me a scan/photo of it.

4.  When you receive, you must post pictures in the gallery. If you don't have a digital camera, make sure you let your partner know so that s/he can photograph their work before shipping, and post their own pictures once you've received.  This is a good thing to do anyhow, just in case (God forbid) your package gets lost in the mail or something...  

If you want to participate, complete the following questionnaire and PM it to me, camelama (do not post your response in the thread).  

-Craftster username:
-Email address:
-Your real name:
-Mailing address including the country:
-Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
-Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
-Are you able to take pictures of your item to post in the gallery?:
-What craft skills could you use to make your Tiny Winter House (e.g. embroidering, papier mache, regular or polymer clay sculpting, wood carving, knitting, crochet, etc.) :
-Do you have a Wist, photos page, website, Etsy faves, etc? Post links (or make sure they're posted in your profile and say "see profile"):
-Describe your perfect Tiny Winter House.  This can include links to houses you love, favorite colors, favorite materials, etc... or you can leave it open and let your partner stalk and surprise you.
-Any themes to avoid?
-Any crafts to avoid?
-Do you have allergens (cats, dogs, smoke, etc) and/or allergies?
-Is there anything you would really hate to receive (for example animal products)?  
-Anything else you would like your partner to know?:


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

1 Camelama
2 jaidalouisa
3 mellifluousfondue
4 Sinellia
5 goldsheepbowl
6 NiinaMaria
7 confuzzle
8 Shadeweaver
9 barbolot
10 mandykaye
11 Petskin
12 Stickerchic87
13 Pearliepie
14 Gatheredthreads
15 Bethives


Bethives - NiinaMaria
gatheredthreads - goldsheepbowl
Sinellia - confuzzle
mandykaye - petskin
Stickerchic87 - camelama - mellifluousfondue
barbalot - pearliepie
shadeweave - jaidalouisa

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One Tiny Winter House on: November 04, 2010 08:44:21 PM
Hi all! Now that the One Tiny Halloween House has finished (or close to), we (original organizer barbolot and I) were talking about doing a quick One Tiny Winter House!

I thought I'd put out a post here, grab the attention of any of you who are interested!   Grin   Signups will be starting very soon, we want these houses to show up during (the northern hemisphere's) Winter!

So, any interest out there for a wintery tiny house swap?   Cheesy   Snowdrifts! Cozy fireplaces!  Grin

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Moe the Cat on: October 05, 2010 05:04:17 PM

For the Craft My Pet swap, I decided to make a little felt version of my partner's cat, Moe. He has very striking markings on his face, and is very poofy floofy.

I used 100% wool felt and hand cut, hand stitched everything. He's stuffed with a little bit of polyfill stuffing.  I left all the whiskers long so she could cut to desired length. Smiley 

Moe's belly fur is so poofy and floofy, I made it poof out from under his paws (he's sitting with all four paws together here, in front - he has four white socks).

So here's Moe the Cat:


Side view:

Back view:

Group shot with the two little ones I sent with, as her other two cats.

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Himalayan Squishie, or, What Insomnia Hath Wrought on: July 30, 2010 12:04:01 PM
So last night I got hit hard by insomnia, and didn't sleep a single second. I needed to do something to keep myself occupied or I swear I was going to scream! I didn't dare craft on any swap items as who knows what kind of mess I'd make while sleep-deprived, and have to re-do today. So, being amused by the imaginary dog that one of my favorite webcomics has featured in the past 2 days, I decided I'd whip up a fleece version. 

I give you: The Himalayan Squishie, in all its wrinkly glory!

This made-up dog is from the Sheldon webcomic:
(and the next day too)

First I made a bread-loaf-shaped thing out of muslin, stuffed it, and stitched fleece on the bottom and sides for color coverage. That way, when I tacked down the fleece on the top, i didn't have to worry about where it fell on the bottom of the dog.

Then I took a big piece of fleece, did a fast hemming on the edges to get a nice edge so I didn't have to worry about wrapping it around the bottom, draped it over the top of the loaf (it was about 3 times longer than the loaf) and just started tacking it down in random folds along the bottom edge of the loaf:

I added a face on one end:

(re-did the purple thread later with brown, that was just temporary)

Side view of the finished wrinkly loaf/dog:

Added little ears and a little tail next:

And then ... um ... then, due to zero sleep, I went over the edge into wacky silliness territory.  I sent the webcomic artist this note:


Dear Dave -

I have a friend in the US Foreign Service who is currently stationed
in Nepal. I sent her email yesterday asking if she'd ever heard of an
Himalayan Squishie. I didn't hear back from her.  Then early this
morning there was a knock on the front door. By time I got out of bed
to answer the door, all I found on the porch was an animal transport
carrier, and a car with diplomatic plates swooshing down the street.

Inside the crate? A little dog that looks like a wrinkly loaf of
bread! I'm shocked - I don't know if my landlady will let me keep an
Himalayan Squishie in the house, as I already have a cat. We're headed
to the vet later today to get him all checked out and all his shots
updated. Then it's off to get a dog bed and some chew toys.

I put the first quick pictures up here:

If you have any other information about the qualities and
characteristics of the breed, I'd love to know!  My vet seemed puzzled
when I told her what the dog was. Maybe it was just a bad cell phone




If you head to that flickr link, you'll see more photos of the squishie in a carrier. I have further plans for him today - more photos to come, I'll update here with them.

Heh.  Truly, I have seen silliness, and stayed awake through it.......
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