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41  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: September 10, 2016 06:03:20 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Red Retro Dress
Brief Description: This dress is made of a poly fabric from my great-aunt's stash.  I had to be a little careful with the iron to make sure nothing melted.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Gingham Dress
Brief Description: These started out as identical dresses, but then my friend and I had a little bit of fun in the embellishment box with one of them.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Commentator
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Rose Dress
Brief Description: Rather on the traditional side...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Haversacking
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Jelly Jar Dress
Brief Description: Actually, I feel like this needs something extra to be really finished.  Any suggestions for trims/embellishments are welcome!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Referee
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Halloween Dress
Brief Description: Have you run across fabrics that are supposed to be quilting cottons seem to have an almost plasticy feel to them?  I don't know if it's the dye or the sizing or what, but it doesn't wash out so I tend to avoid them.  But sometimes the prints are just too perfect and needs must.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Stooging
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Realfee Dress
Brief Description: I make a lot of these, obviously, so it's getting pretty easy to whip one up.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Red Calico Dress
Brief Description: To be honest, this prompt really confused me so I went with the example rune of dagaz

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42  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 28, 2016 08:12:49 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy *** Correction : Arithmancy ***
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Petite Fours Dress for Pukifee
Brief Description: Scraps from my great-aunts' stash must be my favorite material given how much of it I use. Tongue

Petit Fours Dress by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Zambia
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: One Single Sock
Project Page Link: Tracks
Brief Description: I'm always amazed when noodle-bug turns in socks for regular old assignments, so I thought I'd give it a shot.  A month later I remembered why I always use them for OWL assignments, so I figured I should turn in the one single sock I have done.  This was originally started for the Little Whinging Floo Powder challenge.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - August
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cookies
Brief Description: Classes started last week, so I made my student workers a batch of cookies as sort of a consolation prize for the end of summer.  A poll among the kids last year proved that you can't go wrong with good old chocolate chip cookies.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Oddball Dress for Pukifee
Brief Description: I found a really pretty scrap of recycled vintage fabric that I thought would make a really pretty dress.  But when I started clipping the seams it basically started to disintegrate.   After dousing the whole thing with fray-check before and after turning the bodice it turned out okay, if a little bit crunchy.

207/365 Harper by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Try-Outs
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Summer Vines Dress for Littlefee
Brief Description:  Doll Dress - 'nuff said...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Chaser
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blue Dresses
Brief Description: Honestly, my notes just say 3 items together.  Hope this counts.

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43  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 01, 2016 01:42:19 PM
August Themes

Thread by Nedra, on Flickr

Color: Metallic
For: Exterior of your house or your yard
Pattern: Lace
Inspiration: Sea Life
Challenge #1:  The name of the game is nostalgia.  Make a craft from a different time - maybe using a vintage pattern, or a craft that your grandmother taught you to make, or simply a technique you don't see very often these days.
Challenge #2:  If you're like me, you pick up craft supplies as souvenirs on your journeys.  This month work on using up some of those supplies to bring back the memories of places you've visited.
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44  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 31, 2016 05:19:48 PM
I will probably be posting more today, but just so I can be sure to get in before the deadline...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - July
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Butterfly Sundress
Project Page Link (if available): Made with this pattern.
Brief Description:  Lately it seems that most of my doll related sewing has been shop related and all using more or less the same pattern.  I wanted something special for my newest doll, so I made something just for my own collection using a commercial pattern for a change (well, and adaptation of it, anyway).

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45  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 17, 2016 08:21:42 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Zoo
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pattern Making
Brief Description: I picked up a new friend who's a whole lot bigger than my other dolls and just drawing a bigger line around my old pattern wasn't going to work.  I ended up having to make one up out of whole cloth (or paper-towels, in this case) for the first time, resorting to rulers and tape measures instead of just enlarging it on a photocopier.  The first attempt couldn't go past her wrist.  Second attempt wasn't as bad but she couldn't put down her arms.  Third attempt was decent but still needed a few adjustments before committing it to cloth.  #4 could probably use a few more adjustments, but it's good enough for now.

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46  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 05, 2016 06:46:27 PM
I'm back after a month's absence.  It was spent moving my grandparents into assisted living, and starting the process of clearing out the stuff two pack rats can accumulate when they haven't moved in over 60 years.  Public Service Announcement:  Use your stash!  Or at least keep it organized!  We had to toss so much stuff that was too tangled or just too jumbled to use.

And with that off my chest, on to the massive project dump!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mini Magazines
Project Link: Second part of the project made with this tutorial.
Brief Description: While leafing through the knit picks catalog despairing over the fact that I still haven't finished my NEWT sweater (or was it an OWL?  I don't remember at this point it's been so long) and can't justify buying more sock yarn, I noticed that there were a bunch of pictures arranged in a grid-like pattern.  So of course I had to make my dolls some mini knitting magazines.  They're simple pamphlet bindings with sewing thread.  I wanted a few more books to fill up a bookcase, so I made a batch of fake books from cardboard and a quilting magazine, but I'm not as happy with the results.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Alaska
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Daisy Dress
Brief Description: One of the best parts of using stash fabric is you get to remember the other projects made with the same material.  This dress was made with the leftovers from a quilt I made earlier in the year.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Red Calico Dress
Brief Description: Red Red Red

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sealife Dress
Brief Description: First of all can I just say that I finally joined Pottermore (yes, I know I'm very late to this party) and got sorted into Gryffindor, so I'm having something of an identity crisis at the moment.  Anywho, I chose Hufflepuff for myself despite usually being lumped into Ravenclaw because I like the whimsy, friendship, and resourcefulness in that house.  This dress embodies at least some of those characteristics - I remade an old ratty doll dress that belonged to a friend into something her dolls could actually use.  She'd given me the dress because she couldn't bear to throw it out herself, and it turns out I couldn't do it either.

170/365 Something Fishy by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Captain
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sassafras Sweater
Brief Description: This sweater took some planning to make sure the stripes on the sleeves matched and that they were the same length.  While I usually keep knitting patterns on my ipad I reverted to good old pen and paper to keep track of my rounds.

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47  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 05, 2016 05:35:36 PM
July Themes

Ubuntu Threads by Phillip  Taylor, on Flickr

Color: Yellow
For: The Bathroom
Pattern: Animal Prints
Inspriation: Patriotic Themes
Challenge 1: How many crafting days left until the gift giving season?  Knock a gift or two out now - but make sure you remember where you store them between now and Christmas.
Challenge 2: Are you taking a vacation this summer?  This is a great opportunity to work on portable projects.
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48  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: June 01, 2016 02:38:19 PM
June Themes

Spools of vintage thread:blues by Wendi Dunlap, on Flickr

Color: Blue
Pattern: Checks or Gingham
Inspiration: The great outdoors
Challenge 1: We're on month 6 of destashing.  Take a look at how your stash has evolved and review your beginning of the year goals.  Have things changed?  Do you need to change directions?  Or maybe do a little bit of tidying and organizing in preparation for summer?
Challenge 2: The name of the game is nostalgia.  Make something from a vintage material or pattern, or something that reminds you of the "good old days" whenever they may be.
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49  Re: SETTING UP: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: May 31, 2016 08:36:23 PM

Image from page 39 of "Birds of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks" ([197-?]) by Internet Archive Book Images, on Flickr

During the course of this semester we will be working on our hovering skills.  As part of these exercises we will be studying the hummingbird, an animal which excels at flying in one spot.  While practicing your hovering, please create a project that is very small (3"-5" inches, like most hummingbirds), is red (a color that attracts hummingbirds), or something that requires both speed and precision during its creation.

Completed Assignments
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50  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: May 31, 2016 06:03:03 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - May
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Red and Blue Posies Dress for Pukifee
Brief Description: Finished two of these out of fabric from my Great-Aunt's stash.

Tuesday by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Bangladesh
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blue Sundress for Minifee
Project Page Link: Made with this pattern.
Brief Description: In doing a bit of research for this prompt I discovered that the color blue is associated with the Virgin Mary if you are catholic, often adorns the outside of mosques in Islam, and is associated with meditation in certain types of Judaism.  Or so wikipedia tells me.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: caseforsmiles.org
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Butterfly Pillowcase
Project Page Link: See Link Above
Brief Description: Found this pretty butterfly fabric and the pink border in a massive pile of stash my great-aunt sent to me.  

Edit:  It looks like I'd already completed HoM earlier in the semester.  Can I just submit this as a floating SPEW without class points?

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Two Pukifee Dresses
Brief Description: In the massive stash my Great Aunt gave me I found some very loosely woven homespun cloth and a vintage scrap that still felt like it had sizing in it even after it had been laundered.  I made each into a dress using the same measurements with very different results.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Candy Stripe Dress
Brief Description: While helping my father with a project in the garage I spotted something bright red in one of the boxes of soon-to-be-oil-soaked-rags that he seems to have lying around everywhere.  I pulled it out and found it was an old red and white shirt that he'd decided had gotten too ratty even for working on the car.  I rescued it, washed it, soaked it in oxyclean for an afternoon, washed it again, and then made this dress.

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