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4171  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Expecto Patronum Bracelet - Glows in the dark! on: September 27, 2014 04:09:58 PM
Thank you!
4172  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: September 27, 2014 04:02:49 PM
Those are some seriously adorable bunny slippers.  Smiley
4173  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery on: September 27, 2014 04:00:53 PM
That sampler is simply STUNNING!
4174  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: History of Magic Whole Cloth Quilt on: September 27, 2014 12:21:07 PM
This is absolutely stunning.  Sewing is something I've always wished I could do but can't.  I am always in awe of anyone's sewing skills and yours are fantastic.

As someone who taught college students to sew for years, I assure you that you CAN sew.  You just don't know how to YET.  No one is born knowing how to cook, or how to paint with watercolors, or how to french braid hair.  All of these are learned skills.  Local craft stores like Joann's offer beginners classes at totally affordable rates.  And what better place than Craftster to get support when learning a new craft?  Don't give up on it darling.  If you want to, you CAN totally learn to sew. 
4175  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: History of Magic Whole Cloth Quilt on: September 27, 2014 12:16:50 PM
Jenny, this is postitively awe-inspiring!  I wish I had a big enough machine (and the skill) to free-motion quilt!  It's such a gorgeous way to make a whole-cloth quilt, especially with the deathly hallows applique.

tiamatfire: This was done on a standard machine.  It's about 45" wide by 54" long.  If your sewing machine is able to lower the feed dog teeth, you should be able to free motion quilt with it.  Oh, Fransson! had a good tutorial on her blog.  Or you can try googling "free motion quilting with...." and include your machine type.
4176  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: September 27, 2014 08:00:02 AM
Class: DADA
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mad Eye Moody Wash Cloth

Brief Description: What could help you see more clearly that Mad Eye Moody, whose magical eye can see through the back of his own head?!?!  This was created for pottermouth in the Back to Hogwarts Swap.  Sadly I forgot to get a picture before I sent it, so please just ignore the cookies.  They have nothing to do with this homework submission.  I found the pattern here on Ravelry.  It was pretty simple and easy to follow. 
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Class: Divination
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Dumbledore Dreamcatcher

Brief Description: Oneiromancy, or the practice of divination through the interpretation of dreams, is one that Prof. Trelawney was sure to bring up at some point.  This piece was inspired by our favorite Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, and two of his quotes about dreaming.  For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud. and "It does not due to dwell on dreams and forget to live."  This is the smallest dreamcatcher I've made.  The ring is (I believe) 6", wrapped with purple leather.  The web was made with an combination of an ombre slate-azure-lilac-plum embroidery floss and 2 strands of a metallic dark silver embroidery floss, worked together.  The fringe is a mix of eyelash yarn, homespun yarn, embroidery floss, ribbon, and a silver thread with sequins worked into it.  I added a moon and two different star charms to it, to represent the robes Harry describes him wearing in one of the books.
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Class: History of Magic
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: History of Magic Quilt

Brief Description: Pottermouth mentioned in her Back to Hogwarts Swap Questionnaire that she thought quilting was "impossible".  How could I resist such temptation?  In response I created a whole cloth quilt for her, inspired by her favorite subject, History of Magic.  Whole cloth quilts have been around for centuries and were created to either highlight a fantastic fabric, or to highlight the skill of the needlework in quilting it.  For one side I chose a piece of fabric featuring bookshelves, that was given to me by pinkleo a few years back.  The other side is a solid black Kona cotton, with the Deathly Hallows appliqued on it out of a golden yellow batik.  The whole piece was free motion quilted, and hand bound in the same matching batik.
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House Pride: House Unity
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Ravenclaw Bookmark

Brief Description: A quick extra project for pottermouth.  A Ravenclaw House bookmark to add to her collection.
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Class: Muggle Studies
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Firenze's Forbidden Forrest Bracelet

Brief Description: Pottermouth mentioned that her favorite magical creature is a centaur.  Since I didn't have a centaur charm on hand, I did some digging and finally found this beautiful sterling silver one on eBay.  I loved the detail so much that I just couldn't resist it.  The beads are a dark green mountain jade, with gunmetal bead caps and spacers.
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Class: Study of Ancient Runes
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Expecto Patronum Bracelet

Brief Description: The rune dagaz represents the idea that "Light is all around you."  What could represent that more than the blazing light of a fully corporeal Patronus charm?  This bracelet was made for pottermouth in the Back to Hogwarts swap and features her patronus, a garden gnome.  The coolest part?  The beads GLOW IN THE DARK!  Hopefully this will keep her safe and remind here there is always light in the darkness, wherever her travels take her.
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Class: Transfiguration
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Sorcerer's Companion Charm Bracelet

Brief Description: In our back and fourth discussions pottermouth mentioned that she loves the book the Sorcerer's Companion, which somehow I had never heard of.  Rather than a guide to the world of HP, it is a reference book, which gives background on many of the magical creatures and practices that Harry runs into.  As soon as she explained, I instantly looked it up and bought a copy on Amazon.  After reading it cover to cover, I would highly recommend it to any fan!  This bracelet was inspired by many of the subjects covered in the book including potions, gryffins, gnomes, owls, runes, phoenixes, palmistry, mermaids, wands, cats, fairies, spell books, unicorns, broomsticks, dragons, and cauldrons.
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4177  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dumbledore Inspired Dreamcatcher on: September 27, 2014 07:58:13 AM
I'll admit it, I've been on a dreamcatcher making kick lately.  This one was created for pottermouth in the Back to Hogwarts, Round 5 swap.  It was inspired by her favorite character, Albus Dumbledore, and two of his quotes about dreaming.  For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud. and "It does not due to dwell on dreams and forget to live." 



This is the smallest dreamcatcher I've made.  The ring is (I believe) 6", wrapped with purple leather.  The web was made with an combination of an ombre slate-azure-lilac-plum embroidery floss and 2 strands of a metallic dark silver embroidery floss, worked together.  The fringe is a mix of purples and blues made from eyelash yarn, homespun yarn, embroidery floss, ribbon, beads, and a silver thread with sequins worked into it.  I added a moon and two different star charms to it, to represent the robes Harry describes him wearing in one of the books.



And here's one more that captures the richness of the colors a bit better. 
4178  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / History of Magic Whole Cloth Quilt (aka Deathly Hallows Quilt) on: September 27, 2014 07:52:36 AM
This quilt was made for pottermouth in the Back to Hogwarts Swap, Round 5.  In her questionnaire that she thought quilting was "impossible".  How could I resist such temptation?  In response I created a whole cloth quilt for her, inspired by her favorite subject, History of Magic.  Whole cloth quilts have been around for centuries and could be created to either highlight a fantastic fabric, or to highlight the skill of the needlework in quilting it.  For one side I chose a piece of fabric featuring bookshelves, that was given to me by my Craftster BFF pinkleo a few years back.  The other side is a solid black Kona cotton, with the Deathly Hallows appliqued on it out of a golden yellow batik.  The DH symbol was attached with Wonder Under, then appliqued.  The whole piece was free motion quilted, and hand bound in the same matching batik.









4179  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Centaur Stone Bracelet on: September 27, 2014 07:48:14 AM
This piece was created for the lovely pottermouth in the Back to Hogwarts Swap, Round 5.  She mentioned that her favorite magical creature is the centaur.  Since I didn't have a centaur charm on hand, I did some digging and finally found this beautiful sterling silver one on eBay.  I loved the detail so much that I just couldn't resist it.  The beads are a dark green mountain jade, with gunmetal bead caps and spacers.

4180  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Expecto Patronum Bracelet - Glows in the dark! on: September 27, 2014 07:46:23 AM
I've been making variations on this Expecto Patronum bracelet for a year or two now, but this one just might be my favorite.  Each bracelet has been different, each created for a specific person, and carrying a charm of their Patronus animal.  Most have been made of moonstone or sea opal beads, but this one was a new variation.  It's made with some fantastic Czech glass beads that actually glow in the dark!  I found them on Fire Mountain Gems.  The charm is a pewter gnome.  Cheesy



And here it is glowing!
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