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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / One Last Poppet on: December 18, 2019 08:14:04 AM

This is Harriet.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / More machine-embroidered ATCs 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?

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / coloring with thread 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. 
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Way Too Many Embroidered ATCs (pic HEAVY!!!) 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.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Making string from strings! 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.
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Little Good Things Round 2 -cosed, sendouts Jan 6 on: November 29, 2019 10:37:17 AM
Craftster may be dying, but this swap will go on.  See second post for revised details and important links!

Swap name: Little Good Things Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: thanate
co-organizer: craftylittlemonkey
Sign-up date range: 11/29-12/15
Date to send item by: January 6, 2020

(YES, we are crafting over the holidays!!  It is small! You can do it!)

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

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

Additional Age requirement? no

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: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:
It's cold and dark and stressful in the Northern Hemisphere, everyone seems to have complicated feelings about the year-end holidays, and the swap boards are usually dead for the last week of the year.  Let's have an easy little swap to remember the little things that make us happy!

You may choose to have one or two partners. (first time swappers, stick with one, please)

We will be sending:

*One small crafted item (2 hrs or less crafting time; unlike the OTT swaps, physical size is up to you.)
*a card-- share a little good thing from your life!  
*a small extra (chocolate, tea samples, ephemera, a packet of beads or buttons... whatever you think your partner would like!)

This is a low bar for international shipping-- you can craft an ATC or small prayer flag & pick a flat extra.  However, any package that can't be sent with tracking and/or a receipt for proof of shipping will follow the papercraft swap rule that missing packages must be replaced/resent by the original swapper rather than getting an angel.  

We will have check-in questions in the thread (because they're fun!) but if you're traveling or buried in relatives for a week don't sweat it; just check back in when you're back online.   Smiley


If you want to participate, information to send to thanate and craftylittlemonkey:

Name of swap: Little Good Things Swap, R2
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: (YES/NO)
Do you agree to send with a DC# (in-US) or keep your receipt if possible, and resend any lost packages (as per papercraft swap rules) if what you send is too small to do so?
Would you like 1 or 2 partners? (first time swappers only 1, please)
Some people want to send to everybody; do you mind if your address gets shared with more swappers than you are partnered with?
Do you have any allergies?
Any allergens in your household (pets, smoke, etc)?
Are there crafted items you'd particularly like to get?
Anything you don't really want?
Any extras/treats you would love?
What are some little things that make you happy?
Pinterest and/or other visual reference links?
Anything else you want to share?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

1. thanate (organizer)
2. craftylittlemonkey (co-organizer)
3. bunny1kenobi
4. BigBangMomma
5. jemimah
6. dharma_rebel
7. Tapestrymlp
8. Koreena
9. edelC
10. JoyfulClover
11. Smeddley
12. cabaute
13. TAOJ
14. calluna
15. LeapFeetFirst
16. Annchen
17. anna.wahnsinn
18. Mountains and Clouds
19. psyche
20. TheMistressT
21. megwell
22. Some_Girl
23. dinkime
24. Gaudiknight
25. Immaculata
26. Watsonc7
27. EriChanHime
28. kayrun
29. vampedangel14
30. ilovesnails
31. emilywilde
32. MissingWillow
33. GatorWrangler
34. fluffypants
35. irid3sc3nt
36. plaidpineapple
37. stellato_escuro
38. Thimbles71
39. Averia
40. Rosie1981
41. pottermouth
42. audio
43. Witty_Child
44. Onyxnox
45. Bugaboo1
46. wdicwg
47. whatthepuck
48. alwaysinmyroom
49. waterbaby
50. crafty-becky
51. seeuudee
52. endymion

And Partners!!  
Smeddley--Mountains and Clouds
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Wood wick options for candles? on: November 16, 2019 07:25:53 AM
Has anyone played around with home-made wood wicks?  So far as I've been able to find the things people have used seem to be purchased wicks or balsa craft sheets cut up and soaked in olive oil.  I am having a moment of being picky about eco-friendliness, and it seems to me that if I'm soaking something in olive oil, it ought to be something derived from my yard waste rather than mass produced wood product from the tropics.  So my questions are as follows:

Has anyone tried something besides these two options?  If so what, & how well did it work?

Is the flat shape of the standard wood wick important?  Or would something round also work?

A lot of the tutorials I've seen suggest that straight soy wax won't work with a wood wick unless you add some sort of accelerant. Has anyone tried non-parafin options for that, and have suggestions for what works well?  

I'm guessing I will probably have to do my own experiments on this, but figured it was worth asking.  Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / last-minute Lucia the Luchadora on: November 08, 2019 10:13:45 AM
The Saturday before Halloween, on the way home from the MD mini-meetup, my child decided that she wanted to be Lucia the Luchadora for the parade at school.  Fortunately, it's a costume that begins with play clothes in the right colors:

No masks at school except for the parade, but fortunately there's an important part of the book where Lucia takes off her mask:

The best thing about this costume is swirling the cape around.  (She told me she was disappointed her gym teacher made her take off the cape while running around in class.)

"Look, I can make my pocket light up!"

Mighty Superhero pose!!

And costume pieces: she colored the mask while I finished up the bracers & cape. 
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Moon-eyed Owl doll on: May 27, 2019 07:20:00 AM
I made this for audio in the recent art doll swap; she had eyes & moon as two of her themes, and this is where I ended up:

Without the hat, I think she looks a bit like an obscure Star Wars creature. 

Extra eyes (cabochons attached with bead embroidery)

The moons on her hat are done in glow-in-the-dark thread.

Blue and fluffy!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Papercrafting with my embroidery machine (ATC edition) on: May 06, 2019 08:41:08 AM
These are all in the ongoing ATC swap galleries, but here's a random selection of machine embroidered ATCs, plus a couple extra things sharing pictures:

Fox in the Watercolors

Icon of Saint Vulpinus

Coffee, fox, cats

Bird v1 was lost in the mail (poor bird)

Bird v2 and friends (the trading cards have their own thread over here)

Bee, happiest rainbow, etc

cats of a different sort

dandelion fairy on mulberry paper

SPACE! (untrimmed)
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