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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: Today at 12:12:32 PM
Challenge: Quidditch #4. Wigtown Wanderers
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Star Trek Sandwich Wraps

Brief Description: I created these sandwich wraps for my husband, to go with his new (to him) Star Trek TNG lunchbox.  Because I'm a totally awesome wife.  Also, I created a tutorial for anyone who wants to make their own, visible through the link above.
Project Picture:  This one shows the wrap being used as a placemat.


And here's one of the sandwich all wrapped up.



Challenge: Quidditch #10. Falmouth Falcons
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: SMASH the Patriarchy Tote 2.0

Brief Description: After making my SMASH the Patriarchy tote for kittykill, a friend who saw it on Instagram asked if I could make another one, for one of his students who is about to graduate.  I was confident that I could remake the project without any problems, and I did. 
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2  Sandwich Wrap Tutorial with Fusible Vinyl in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: Today at 11:57:20 AM
While watching Star Trek TNG on Netflix the other night, my husband sighed and said, "I kinda want a Star Trek lunch box to take to work.  I would be all about that."  Since he's a software developer, working at a somewhat eccentric software company, this would fit right in.  So, being an awesome wife, I pulled up eBay, and flipped around until I found a brand new, never-been-used Star Trek TNG lunch box from 1988.  Sold!  Best part, since it's brand new, the thermos doesn't even smell like old milk.   Wink  

All this got me thinking.  I already pack him a healthy lunch every day, consisting of a sandwich, cup of fruit, and bell pepper strips.  I put it in a reusable snap top plastic box rather than paper bags, and put the fruit in a silicone muffin cup which can be run through the dishwasher.  In the last few years I've been getting away from products that are bought simply to be thrown away, such as paper napkins, but I've still been wrapping his sandwiches in plastic wrap to keep them dry.  When I saw fabric sandwich wraps popping up all over Pinterest a few years ago, I thought I should make some for Jim, but never got around to it.  Ordering the lunch box was the push I needed to finally make some.  The fun part about this project is that the wraps can be made with any printed cotton fabric you like, so you can make them tailored to each family members interest.  They wipe clean, can be thrown in the washing machine, will last for ages, will keep plastic wrap out of landfills, and will save you money since you won't be buying a product that you're just going to throw out!  



Materials:
Printed cotton fabric
Fusible Vinyl (I used Pellon Vinyl Fuse, but Heat'n Bond Iron-On Vinyl also works)
Velcro
1/2" Double Fold Bias Tape in a coordinating color
Polyester Thread
Ruler
Rotary Cutter or Scissors & Pencil



1. Start by cutting a 12" (30 cm) square of your fabric, and a 12" (30 cm) square of the Fusible Vinyl.  This is easy with a rotary cutter & mat, but easily can be done with a ruler, pencil & scissors if that's what you have on hand.  I didn't take a picture of this step, because if you have not learned to use a ruler to draw a square, then you aren't old enough to use a hot iron. Wink

Note: I'm going to give directions using Pellon Vinyl Fuse, but be sure to check the directions that come with whatever brand fusible vinyl that you've purchased.  Pellon also has a great video on their site showing how to use the product.  You can see it HERE.

2. Set your iron to a medium heat/wool setting.  Lay your fabric square with the printed side DOWN on your ironing board.  Remove the backing paper from your square of vinyl.  (Hang onto that paper!)  Lay the vinyl down onto the WRONG SIDE of your printed cotton, with the shiny side of the vinyl UP, and the sticky side DOWN.  

3. Place the paper on top of the vinyl, with the shiny/waxy side down against the vinyl.  Gently run your iron over the whole space quickly, to get the vinyl partially stuck, then starting at one side, place your iron down and leave it in place for 8 seconds.  Then pick up the iron and move it over to fuse the next segment, slightly overlapping your areas.  Leave for another 8 seconds, and repeat, until you've fused the whole area.  You will need to move your backing paper, in order to get every bit.  




4. Now flip the bonded fabric & vinyl over, and replace the backing paper.  Iron again from this side, holding the iron in place for 4 seconds, before moving on to the next area.  Voila!  You've successfully bonded your fabric and vinyl.  

5. Starting partway down one side, slide your bias tape over the raw edge of the cloth.  Instead of pinning through the vinyl, use quilting clips, hair clips or paper clips to hold the bias tape in place.  (Using pretty rainbow paper clips isn't necessary, but highly recommended.  Because, well... rainbows!)  If you're using scraps of bias tape, you may need to seem them together.  For tips on that check this tutorial.


6. Set the stitch length on your sewing machine to the longest possible setting.  On most machines this is a 3.5 or 4.  On my Viking that's a 6.  Stitch along the first side, stopping when you get to the end.  


7. Remove the piece from your machine, and fold the bias tape along the next side, mitering your corners as you go.  I was not able to use the paper clips to hold my corners in place, so I used a quilt pin for that area.  Start stitching again, and repeat around the remaining 3 sides.


8. When you get back to the beginning, cut your bias tape about 1" (2.5 cm) longer than where it would meet, the fold under the raw edge about 1/4" (5 mm), and sew it closed.  

9. Now it's time for velcro.  Cut a 2" piece, and separate the male and female sides.  (With velcro the 'male' half is the harsher, plastic side and the 'female' half is the softer, fuzzier side.  No, I didn't decide that.  It's a holdover from using snaps in sewing, where there is also a designated male and female side.)  Take the female side and lay it perpendicular to the corner, about 3/4"-1" (2-2.5 cm) down from the point on the RIGHT SIDE of your fabric.  Hold in place with paper clips, then stitch in place.


10.  Take the male half and lay it diagonally across the corner, on the opposite corner from your female velcro, on the WRONG SIDE of your sandwich wrap.  Hold in place with paper clips, then stitch in place.


11.  Make a delicious sandwich, and wrap it up in your awesome new reusable wrap.  Be the envy of all your friends when you go into work with a kick-ass Star Trek lunch box and matching wrap.  Accept compliments graciously.  Wink


Bonus: You can use your wrap like a placemat to enjoy your lunch on. 



A special thanks to FiberAlchemist for her help & advice on this project!   Kiss Kiss Kiss
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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 22, 2017 06:32:47 PM
Challenge: House Pride
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Red & Gold Suncatcher

Brief Description: I had a request from friend kittykill for some of my suncatchers.  She mentioned having a cheerful red & yellow kitchen, so I created a happy red and yellow color scheme to match.  It made my Gryffindor heart so very happy!  Hopefully it will make kittykill happy too.
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Challenge: Iron Chef Hogwarts
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Brief Description: With edelC & alwaysinmyroom scheduled to visit this past Tuesday night, I bought some rhubarb, in order to make a strawberry rhubarb crumble for dessert.  Sadly, we were having too much fun to have time to bake!  Wink  So today I decided to use up the rhubarb before it went bad.  I chose this specific recipe because I had everything in the house already.  I normally try to use Pomona's Pectin, which can be used without much, if any, sugar, but like I said, I had everything on hand for this recipe, so I went with the old-school 'full of sugar' jam.  It is quite tasty.  I made 6 jars, plus an extra freezer jar for myself. 
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Challenge: Quidditch #3. Montrose Magpies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Necklace Blank

Brief Description: After making my Bad Ass B!t@# necklace, I was contacted by MissingWillow, who wanted to make one for herself.  She wondered where to get the supplies, but most of them were bought on clearance, months or years ago, so they weren't available anymore.  I offered to remake the necklace base for her, so she could decorate it herself. 
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Challenge: Quidditch #14. Wimbourne Wasps
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Rainbow Heart Suncatcher

Brief Description: This is the second suncatcher I made for kittykill's kitchen.  Hopefully the bright colors will distract her eye during boring tasks like washing dishes!
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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 19, 2017 11:30:25 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Puppy Beaded Bracelet

Brief Description: Dear friend kittykill recently lost her beloved pup.  To help her deal with a difficult time, I created a bracelet for her to remember him by.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Bad Ass B!t@# Necklace

Brief Description: Every single item in my statement necklace has a hidden meaning!  Be sure to check the page post to learn about each one.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch #1. Sweetwater All-Stars
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: HP LOVE Shirts

Brief Description: I created 5 of these shirts, for our HPC Wizarding World Meetup!  My apologies for the dim lighting in the first photo.  You can see a clearer image of the text on the project page.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quiddtich #5. Barnton Quidditch
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Nevertheless She Persisted Beaded Bracelet

Brief Description: This bracelet is certainly tiny.  It was created for kittkill in the Feminism & Diversity Swap.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch #13. Tutshill Tornados
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Tea & Smash the Patriarchy Tote

Brief Description: This was a very quick project.  I purchased a digital file of the frame, then used my Silhouette design studio software to add the text in a typewriter font.  The machine cut the image, and I spent the longest amount of time weeding out the unneeded bits, then ironed it on, and viola!  Quick and easy project.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch #15. Quiberon Quafflepunchers
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: A Woman's Place is Everywhere Beaded Bracelet

Brief Description: A shocking pink bracelet for kittykill!  Not only is the color itself shocking, but it's shocking to see me make anything pink, as it's probably my least favorite color. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch #16. Holyhead Harpies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Frida Kahlo Love Tee

Brief Description: This project was inspired by the amazing Frida Kahlo, for the ever amazing kittykill in the Feminism & Diversity Swap.
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5  Harry Potter LOVE Tees with Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: July 19, 2017 11:20:49 AM
I recently had the most amazing opportunity to meetup with 3 of my favorite Craftsters, down at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Since I was going to be meeting and hanging out with some pretty amazing crafters, I knew I had to bring handmade gifts to share with them.  I purchased an svg file on Etsy that said LOVE, with the L & O being above the V & E to form a square image.  After a minor setback in which I lost my head and accidentally cut out the transfers backwards, I decided to go back and play with the image in Photoshop to make it one word written out straight across instead of the square placement, mostly to make the image work with the amount of silver glitter htv I had left.  I actually like my re-arranged version more, because it's clearer to read.  I apologize for this picture being a bit dimly lit.  We were in a Steampunk Chocolate Emporium, and it was the only pic I got of all of us in our matching shirts.


Left to right: FiberAlchemist, Abbeeroad, myself, edelC, & her daughter. 

And just for clarity, here's a pic of them lined up, with the text more clearly visible.



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6  Beaded Bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 19, 2017 10:49:43 AM
I created a few simple beaded bracelets for kittykill in the Feminism & Diversity Swap recently.  I wanted her to be able to mix and match them, wearing them as a group or individually, or with other pieces in her jewelry collection.  All were strung on beading wire, and made with Preciosa Czech glass druk beads.

A Woman's Place is Everywhere


Nevertheless, She Persisted


And finally one to represent her pup, who recently passed.  As a fellow 'puppy mom', my heart was wrenched to hear, and I knew I had to create something inspired by her fur-baby. 
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7  Frida Kahlo Love Tee with Heat Transfer Vinyl in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: July 19, 2017 10:43:12 AM


This tee was created for kittykill in the Feminism & Diversity Swap.  kittykill mentioned that Frida Kahlo was one of her feminist icons so I knew I had to create something inspired by Frida for her.  I started with a candy pink tee from Target, and did some google image searching to find a simple stencil or icon of Frida, and added a heart around it in my Silhouette Design Studio software.  Once I was finished it felt like it needed a little extra something....  So I added a rose on the back of the neckline.  All the images were cut out of black glitter htv.  As I've been working with my Silhouette, I think I've come to like working with the glitter htv best of all as it seems to stick the best and cut & weed well. 

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8  SMASH the Patriarchy Tote... right after this cup of tea! in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: July 19, 2017 10:37:29 AM
While crafting for the Feminism & Diversity Swap recently, I chatted with my partner kittykill, and she lamented we live far apart, or else we'd each love to have the other over for tea and crafting.  It inspired me to create a tote for her.  I purchased the frame image from the Silhouette Design Store, then altered the size & shape of it, before adding in the text with a typewriter font.  It was cut out of black glitter htv on my Silhouette.  I was going for the feel of captions to old silent films.  Very happy with how it came out. 



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9  Bad Ass B!t@# Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 19, 2017 10:32:15 AM
I recently had the great fortune to partner with kittykill in the Feminism & Diversity Swap.  I knew that I wanted to create a piece that felt like donning armor when putting it on; something with weight to remind her of her own innate strength while fighting for equality.  The result is almost a gorget in size and area covered on the body.   



I made the chain from large individual gunmetal links and Swarovski crystal 'cosmic rings' in jet black.  Each individual element was chosen to reflect intersectional feminist principals, or to reference kittykill specifically.  I'll list a few of them...  The central eye pendant to help us stay woke, and keep an eye on The Man.  The pink crystal hearts represent one of her favorite songs, Rebel Heart by Madonna.  A large claw shaped stone to remind her that sometimes we need to use our teeth and claws to grab and hold onto our rights.  A Mexican coin to represent the 'Bad Hombres' among us, working as allies in our fight for gender equality.  A Queen Bee bottlecap as a reminder of 'who runs the world'.  A resin pendant that reads 'elusive', as reference to the fact that after decades of bold suffragettes and women's libber's alike fighting for equality among the sexes, that equality still eludes us in the pay gap, in stereotyped gender-based marketing campaigns, in how we treat the victims of sexual assault, in what toys are marketed to our children, and so many other issues.



There is an antique key gifted to me as an extra in a Craftster swap, to remind her of the strength found in friendships among women and the communities we create for ourselves.  A 'P', for kittykill's first initial; a wing to soar on; a playing die for luck in the game of life.  I'm really thrilled with how it turned out, and hopefully it will bring her as much joy as I had making it.

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10  Re: Feminism & Diversity Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: July 17, 2017 01:29:38 PM
I received the most lovely package from kittykill on Saturday....  approximately 8 minutes before my in-laws showed up to visit.  I managed to open my box of goodies, and delight in each one, but didn't get a chance to take pictures with a house full of people.  Now dear edelC is on her way to visit me, and I have just about 45 minutes to get pics of kittykill's amazing package up before I'm entertaining again.  So, without further ado, let's see the awesomeness....



I'm not sure how to explain to you all, just how very ME this piece is.  Everything about it is Jennie, from the cuteness of the bow, to the font style, and the sweetness of the teacup.  (I have a tattoo of a teacup on the inside of my wrist.  Seriously.  Tea is very important.)



And then came this amazing piece, inspired by McConnall's words about Elizabeth Warren.  I love the image kittykill used with the text, it's a bird eating out of a hand, surrounded by flowers.  I wish I could have gotten a better shot of it, because the stitch work is just so beautifully done. 



And if two fantastic hooplas weren't enough, she made a third!  My husband and I are trying to conceive, and we've had a hard time.  We managed to get pregnant, but the pregnancy turned out to be ectopic.  I had emergency surgery to save my life, but in doing so the surgeon had to remove one of my fallopian tubes, which was apparently damaged by scar tissue when my appendix was removed a few years ago.  Losing that tube has made trying to conceive over the age of 35 even harder.  kittykill created this hoop with the horseshoe hanging the feminine way (according to some cultures), so that the love and luck pour onto you.  She added an eye to protect us from evil and a rose for love.  I've hung it in my art studio over the door, since I spend nearly all day in there, I cross that threshold more than any other in the house.  Hopefully I'll be good and doused in luck whenever I come into work, or leave to make a cup of tea.



Next were goodies!  A Wonder Woman mug and pin, and some calm chamomile tea too soothe my nerves when the man is getting me down.  I've been meaning to get a large embroidery hoop to fill with fabric and display my favorite pins and badges on, and this will be what get's me off my butt to actually do it.  Because clearly I need to see my WW pin every day. 



And some scented goodies too.  Some awesome lavender and lemon, rosemary & lavender soaps, and some Harry Potter melting waxes.  And yes, that is in fact a Mad Eye Moody wax, with a giant googly eye in it!



And since I had a few extra minutes before my guests get here, I managed to hang my hoops, and snag a few pics.  Here they are in my studio!  Hopefully they are the start of a gallery wall of awesomeness. 



kittykill, thank you so very much for all the beauty, the luck, and the love that you've sent to me.  I will treasure all my new pretties, and I know they will make me smile every time I come to my studio to work.   Kiss Kiss Kiss xoxoxox 
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