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1  My last post in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: December 16, 2019 07:22:32 PM
3 days.

I don't know what this will look like in 3 days time. Or if anyone will even see it, or if one day someone will stumble upon the pictures in this post, much as I did 11 years ago, and say to themselves "You WHAT?? You MADE??? YARN??? .....  HOW!!??"  I only hope that if they do, they seek me out, because the infinite wisdom i gained from this website, nay this community, should not be lost or end with me. I don't know if the signature links will work. I don't know what will happen after the 19th.  But this is my last hurrah.

Without further ado, Yarn.  Yarn spun by hand.

In closing,  I'll miss this place.  I'll miss you all, the ones that end up not in one of the many places we've been gathering.

Peace out, Craftsters.
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2  Re: Craftster Site Announcement in Latest News by Belladune on: December 15, 2019 11:22:11 AM
tiny things, like this eater egg, are the things that made the site really fun. (aside, obviously, from all the amazing humans)
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3  This Boucle is a lie in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: December 02, 2019 07:21:37 AM

Look, it's beautiful. 
Look, those curves.
Look, it looks so soft.

Don't get to close, because it's a lie.
It's rough.
It's abrasive.
It will hurt you.


Boucle is typically created with the softest fibre, and as such is known for it softness and coziness. This boucle is made from the coarsest, most harsh fibres I had access to.  This yarn is meant as a commentary on being female in our society. How we are meant to be soft, curvy and gentle, but with the mistreatments we endure we can become abrasive and callous.  We still put on our soft curvy gentleness as a facade because we have to, but it can bare bitterness in the end.
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4  Re: Much yarn. in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: August 18, 2019 07:47:32 AM
mullerslanefarm  I do have a picture!

So sorry this took a long while to respond to, we were in the process of moving, and I hadn't had much time for anything besides that in may-july!

here are the finished mitts, they did make it to germany in time for christmas!
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5  Saloon girl costume in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Belladune on: November 26, 2018 08:43:19 AM
I'm a part of our local theatre group. We are very small, so each of us is responsible for our own costuming. I chose to make my own this year because I had visions Smiley  Each of the three pieces was made to be completely reversible so my character, Barbara Seville, could have costume changes.  I created the patterns as well as did all the sewing.  It took me way longer than I thought it would and totally was down to the wire, refitting the corset part right before show time, after the snaps kept popping during dress rehearsal. But I got a lot of compliments on it, so that's a win!

(sorry, some are sideways! I never know how that happens, as they are upright on my computer!)
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6  Narwhals Narwhals in Halloween Costumes by Belladune on: November 03, 2018 04:46:46 PM
Swimming in the ocean, causing a commotion, 'cause they are so awesome!

The middle kid is kind of in love with narwhals. So, he was one for Halloween! Using simply cardboard, coloured paper, elastic bands, some scrap insulating fabric, a yarn cone, duct tape, and hot glue, we have one cool narwhal!
(kind of in rough shape by this time, as he'd been wearing it for 4 hours previous to this pic)

Close up of the narwhal head
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7  Post-Apocalyptic survivor/fallout survivor in Halloween Costumes by Belladune on: November 03, 2018 04:37:47 PM
Ok...  I did not do much for this costume lol  But!  I did help.  My 13 year old put this together mostly himself.  He created the plans for the gun, and came up with how it was going to come together, but needed help with the welding (since he's never done that, and that wasn't me either...) He used a few pieces of 2x4 and shaped them a bit with a router, and some wood working tools I don't know the name of, and secured it with copper strap hanger.
Then we went to a "junk Treasure store" and he found the goggles, the mask, and the esso oil can.  The oil can "works" as a secondary filter (the idea here is that his character needed to make a better air filter, and that's what he could find so it's stuffed with whatever filter materials) and it's hooked up to the mask with a piece of old hose. I helped refine the process here and helped to attach the hose.
He stained a (rather nice) shirt with coffee to age it. 
Put it all together, and you've got a really cool costume.

(a close up of the upper half, because I really dig this picture Wink )

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8  Unicorn! in CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES by Belladune on: November 03, 2018 04:19:14 PM
nearly every little 8 year old girl wants to be a unicorn, right? So I knit my daughter a unicorn outfit.

I used the Velvet Acorn pattern Unice Unicron hood for the hood, and just kind of winged it for the tail.  It's a base of the white yarn, knit into a tail stub with a belt.  I secured it with safety pins.

As it goes in our town, there is very little time for picture taking, so I could only grab these pics while she was out and about with her friends and I met up with her by happenstance.

Also, a bonus pic - all the costumes we made this year (since I can only enter 1, and I choose the unicorn, but I'm proud of the work we did and want to show it off! I'll make posts for the others in the proper section of the forum)

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9  Much yarn. in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: October 23, 2018 09:51:18 AM
1000 yards of lace weight 50/50 silk polwarth blend

This one's going to be mittens that make their way to Germany! 100% Merino, woollen spun and chain plied.

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10  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2018 in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: September 27, 2018 04:36:20 PM
I got a gift in the mail! Craftylittlemonkey and I did a little swap, and she sent me and my kiddos 4 lovely pouches (picture) and 2 Crafster Kids trading cards (not pictured because it's her kids, not mine and I won't post other peoples kids Smiley )


Thanks again CLM! <3
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