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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle Felted Mouse Witch on: October 24, 2018 02:32:34 PM
For this years Weekend Trick or Treat swap I made my partner a needle felted mouse witch!

The body is fully wired, including the tail.

The hat and dress are made out of a wool blend felt.

The eyes are glass beads and the mouth/nose are stitched out of embroidery thread.

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Taking in a shirred dress on: June 02, 2018 09:42:03 AM
I made a dress using elastic thread that ended up being to big. The shirring worked ok, but the fabric I used was slightly heavier that what I have used before for shirring, so it didn't scrunch up as much as it usually does. The fabric is a weird knit with printed on flowers, but when stretched the flowers actually break apart, that is why I decided to shir it. Since it is to big I am wondering if I can just take it in a few inches, without re-doing all the rows of shirring? I am worried that if the elastic thread gets cut (I backed stitched it on the edges) that it may pull out. Has anyone every taken in something that had rows of shirring? Thanks!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Semi-industrial machine? on: November 20, 2017 09:27:18 AM
Hi All, I am wondering if anyone is familiar with semi-industrial heavy weight machines? I have been having a recurring tension issue with my Janome School-Mate and the sewing machine repair shop that I take it to (they specialize in Janome) has been really surprised that it keeps happening. The guy at the shop seems to think it may be that I am sewing heavyweight material too frequently on the machine (leather, webbing, canvas, etc.). He currently has a Thompson mini walking foot machine he is suggesting I buy to use with heavy weight materials. Is anyone familiar with this machine or semi-industrial machines? I just have never used anything like it. Thanks!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pumpkin Girl Doll! on: October 27, 2017 10:32:35 AM
Last weekend I participated in the Weekend Trick or Treat swap and decided to make my partner a doll!

I started by creating a needle felted head, which I left wire running through so I would be able to attach it to a body of some kind. I wasn't sure when I started what to do for the body, so I decided to shop around and see if I could get a doll kit, or some doll that I could use. I ended purchasing this doll since the body size seem to fit the head I had already made....

Originally I had planned to make a whole new outfit for the doll, but since her red skirt and cape seemed to work well for a Halloween doll, I ended up only making a few changes. I added leggings, a new shirt (keeping the cute sleeved from the original doll), and new feet/shoes.

Since I have never made a doll with a combination of needle felting and a plush, it was interesting attaching the head. I was able to keep the original neck in tack ok, but decided to sew on a collar since I think it looked nice. The eyes are plastic safety eyes that were glued in and the eyelashes are wire.

The shoes I sculpted of polymer clay and sprayed them with Mod Podge sealer for the shine. I put wire in the shoes so I could attach it to the doll legs.

Overall, I am very happy with how the doll turned out and had so much fun making her! It really makes me want to try more of these kind of combinations.

Thanks for looking!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / $8.76 dollar store outfit! on: May 08, 2016 06:23:50 PM
I have wanted to enter a Craftster craft challenge for years, so I am happy to finally have completed an entry for one! Cheesy For this challenge I went to Dollar Tree and spent a total of $8.76. I knew I really wanted to make something wearable, so I spent a while looking around the store. I ended up finding these tablet sleeves, which reminded me of neoprene. I just loved the colors and thought they would make a great top.

I was able to use everything I bought at Dollar Tree. I purchased four tablet sleeves, two laundry bags, a pack of elastic head bands, and one clutch pouch, which I removed the zipper from to use for the skirt. I didn't have a lot of the tablet sleeve material to work with, so I decided I would have to make it into a crop top. I used the head bands for the back of the top and the laundry bags for the skirt and two pieces of tablet sleeves for the skirt pockets. I had to completely take apart all the tablet sleeves so I could use the velcro and binding. I used the velcro as a closure for the halter strap and the head bands across the back. I used the binding on the top of the skirt and around the skirt pockets.

Here is one of the pieces of tablet sleeves with a pattern piece for the crop top...


I am really happy with the way it all turned out. I was hoping to make something that is actually wearable. I think I could easily wear the top out, but the skirt is a little stiff (it could be worn, but it probably wouldn't be very comfortable sitting down). The laundry bags are non-woven fabric, which were fairly thin so I ended up having to use double layers for the back and front. The top was modified from a princess seam dress pattern I had. I really love the design, but I had no idea it would take so long to make since I ended up having to do so much top stitching. The tablet material is some sort of foam, so it didn't lay very flat with out the top stitching.

Thanks for looking!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Easter swap? on: February 25, 2015 02:02:15 PM
Hi All. Two year ago I organized the Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 2. I wanted to see if anyone may be interested in another Easter swap this year. I realize there is not a lot of time, since Easter is on April 5th. If people are interested we could try doing the Stuff an Easter Basket Swap, but there would not be a whole lot of time for crafting. Another possibility would be a Fill a small flat rate box for Easter, which would be a quick and easy swap.

Here is a link to the Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 2

Any thoughts/interest?
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 2-Gallery on: March 03, 2013 07:53:06 AM

Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 2

Original Thread-https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=419970.0

Sent = Orange
Received = Green
Sending late with communications = Purple
Problem = Red
Sent & Received = Blue
Crossed through = Feedback given

gotgrey - Momof2!
RaraAvis - elyxandra
- Thimbles71
Eiseldora - hawkeyes_girl
Bobomom - RikaHeart
handmadewithlov - sarahelise

8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 2 (SU Feb 4-Feb 15; SO Mar 11-Mar 14) on: February 04, 2013 02:57:05 PM

Swap name: Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: RaraAvis
Sign-up date range: February 5, 2013-February 15, 2013
Date to send item by: March 14, 2013 (March 11, 2013 if sending internationally)

Limited to a certain number of people? 24
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
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:  

Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 2

For this swap you will be crafting a minimum of 4 points-either a medium and two smalls, four smalls, or a large and one small. Crafting more is acceptable and encouraged if you and your partner are both in agreement.  You will be filling an Easter basket (or some sort of nice container) with goodies. You are not required to make the basket, but can if you like (please dont expect you partner to craft a handmade basket). In addition to your crafted items you will also include some Easter treats/sweets in your basket.

Rough guideline for points...
By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Links to some of the past Easter swaps
Stuff an Easter Basket Swap--- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229249.0
Spectacular Spring Easter Swap!--- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405518.0

*I reserve the right to refuse anyone who has a history of poor communication and/or late sending.
*It is a requirement to post in the thread so everyone can keep up with announcements.
*Please check into the thread regularly and communicate with the organizer if problems occur or if you will be late sending. Poor communication will be noted in your feedback.

If you want to participate, information to send to RaraAvis:

Name of swap
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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Do you have allergies?
Do you have allergens in your home (i.e.-pets, smoke, etc...)?

Please answer these questions as fully as you can so that your partner can craft a terrific swap package for you!

Who will your partner be crafting for in this swap (i.e.-yourself, your children, significant other, etc...)
                                  -If for someone other than yourself, please list name and age (if for a child).
Are you willing to craft more than the minimum for a partner with multiple children/recipients (and therefore receive more than the minimum for yourself or your children/recipients)?
Are you comfortable with religious symbolism in your swap package, or would you rather it be 'spring' based?
What are your favorite Easter themes (i.e.-bunnies, Peeps, jellybeans, chicks, eggs, flowers etc...)
What Easter themes do you dislike/would rather not receive?
What are your favorite colors?
What colors do you dislike/would rather not receive?
What are your favorite patterns/motifs?
What patterns motifs do you dislike/rather not receive?
What craft(s) are you most comfortable doing/would like to do for this swap?
What crafted items would you most LOVE to receive?
Are there any specific things you would rather NOT receive?
What are your favorite Easter treats/sweets?
What treats/sweets do you dislike?
Do you have access to a camera and agree to post pictures of what you receive in the gallery and take pictures of what you send (just in case)?
Please list any wist/pinterest/blog site or link your partner can look to for inspiration!
Anything else you would like to share with your partner?  

*Please remember to PM the ORGANIZER and your PARTNER with the tracking # or scan of receipt (for international partners) when you send!*

Please join this swap only if you are comfortable crafting a quality swap package in the time frame allowed.  Nobody wants to be flaked on!


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

Gallery - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421090.0


1. RaraAvis
2. gotgrey
3. mom2em
4. Eiseldora
5. Bobomom
6. RikaHeart
7. handmadewithlove
8. sarahelise
9. elyxandra
10. Momof2!
11. Thimbles71
12. hawkeyes_girl


gotgrey - Momof2!    (by request)
RaraAvis - elyxandra
mom2em - Thimbles71
Eiseldora - hawkeyes_girl
Bobomom - RikaHeart
handmadewithlov - sarahelise

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Swap photo? on: February 04, 2013 11:39:00 AM
Ok, so this may be a dumb question (I tried to see if it had already been asked, but I couldn't find it), but.....for swap organizers, how do you choose the picture to use for you swap heading??? I am about to organize my first swap and have been reading through all the information organizing swaps, but i am not sure if there are any requirements/rules for this. I was thinking of messaging someone with a cute item they have posted on craftster and asking if I could use it as the cover photo for the swap.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Stuff an Easter Basket Swap? on: January 31, 2013 10:16:50 AM
Any interest in a Stuff an Easter Basket Swap?
I found an old one from 2008....

I think it would be fun to make maybe one medium and/or two smalls and include some Easter sweets as well. Easter is on March 31st this year. I have never organized, but maybe could give it a try if there is interest.
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