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1  One Last Poppet in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by thanate on: December 18, 2019 08:14:04 AM


This is Harriet.
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2  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - DEC 2019 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by thanate on: December 18, 2019 08:10:18 AM
My last ATCs are sent, and I posted them in their own thread in case you don't want to see until you get them. 

But here's one I made for littlecraftymonkey, and I think it's really for everyone:

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3  More machine-embroidered ATCs in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by thanate on: December 18, 2019 08:07:18 AM
December gets its own post!










Is it just me, or does "Extra Jolly Holly Extract" sound like a euphemism for something?



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4  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - DEC 2019 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by thanate on: December 16, 2019 04:51:06 PM
Two envelopes of cards in my mail today! 


This super cute dimensional river otter is from curiousfae.

And here are the two that LindaP posted earlier:


With super cute envelope!


And her favorite (not so) Little Good Thing about Craftster: friendship.  <3

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5  Re: Little Good Things Round 2 -cosed, sendouts Jan 6 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by thanate on: December 16, 2019 08:50:43 AM
Partners are up!  Check the first post and let me know ASAP if there are any issues.  I'm taking a break for lunch, & then will start sending out all your questionnaires. 


It's a good thing we cleared off the coffee table yesterday!


All paired up!!
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6  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - DEC 2019 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by thanate on: December 09, 2019 11:32:57 AM
I've got two more, one of BBM's compilations:


and a flower one from kartiana:



(Yes, I am pretty sure my child will be delighted!)
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7  coloring with thread in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by thanate on: December 05, 2019 09:55:22 AM
I've been having fun playing with using different colors in the same patterns.  Here are a couple sets I made to give away:


Bibliophile for Capclave 2019 (reading-based convention)


Craft Army for the MD mini-meet-up in October. 
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8  Way Too Many Embroidered ATCs (pic HEAVY!!!) in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by thanate on: December 05, 2019 09:49:21 AM
I've been meaning to post some more of these for months, so I guess I'd better get around to it while I still can!  These are the ATCs I've sent for the ongoing swaps in October/November, & I'll probably add December to the end, because why not?




Gnome Party! I think I named the first one, but the second was definitely "Booze & Balloons."










Gnome Party: Cake! 










Hedgie in Spring! Please do not sit on the hedgie; it is not actually part of my couch...








(steampunk themed)




And this one wasn't for Craftster at all, but sent as part of a one-off swap from someone's patreon.
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9  Making string from strings! in Completed Projects by thanate on: December 05, 2019 08:28:32 AM
This ought to go in "Fiber arts: general" or "other" but we don't seem to have that, so here I am.  I've been working on medallion cords for my SCA barony (local group, medieval dress-up) so that the Baron & Baroness have something to put award tokens on when they give them out.  Our colors are blue & white, so I got some small skeins of cotton & silk weight 10 thread to play with and started experimenting with various historical cord-making techniques.


Here's the sampler photo:
*the top is square lucet cording: very tight, slightly stretchy, works best in silk.  Can make it as long as you want.  Easy to pick up/put down but kinda slow & tends to cramp my hand if I work on it too long.
*on the left is fingerloop braiding: this is not my thing; working with pre-cut cords & unless you've got a partner the fixed length is determined by how long your arms are; it looks pretty but mostly comes out too loose so the loops catch in things; also it hurts my fingers to do, so I'm not that invested in getting better. 
*at the bottom is "viking" whipcording: comes out tight & sturdy, super quick, and easy to do in really long lengths, see below.







Whipcording set-up!  It's like basic kumihimo, only upside down-- you need something to hang it off of (I picked up this stick out of the woods at an event), bobbins with a little weight to them (the clothespins were just fine, though I'm told if you start going faster you want something a little heavier), and your string to braid.  I wrapped 2 strands of my cotton around a picnic table a bunch of times for length, and then re-wrapped it onto the clothespin bobbins.  Easy peasy. 


Then you hold them up like this (with both hands, & then get someone else to take your pictures!) & then drop the two opposite bobbins so they swing through & switch places, then the other pair, then back, and you're off. 


And two hours later you've suddenly got about 10 yards of pretty nice cord...



ETA: I've been warned *not* to do a search for Viking Whipcording on the open internet (apparently something NSFW comes up?  I don't know; I searched through pinterest & it was fine) but if you want a more in-depth tutorial, start with Eithni's page here, and further pattern options can be found at Patterns & diversions.
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10  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - NOV 2019 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by thanate on: November 30, 2019 06:59:05 PM
I got some little good things from LadybugsAndBumblebees today:


Sunny days & flowers & several of her favorite insects... and a bonus very happy beverage! 
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