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11  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: October 23, 2017 10:49:40 AM
Class: arithmancy
House: ravenclaw
Project: little ladder
I had a big important interview for the teaching training program I want to join, and for part of it I had to present a class using a title they gave me. Mine was to do with material science and why it's important to consider the properties of the material you're using when you make something. So I cut myself various bits of different materials (metal, wood, plastic, fabric, paper etc) and we thought ably which would be best to make a slide.
I also needed to make the ladder for our slide in advance; this was the bit that required stubbonness! Why is it the seemingly simplest  l craft tasks take the longest and are most frustrating? This was about the 5th iteration, including ones from clay and all sorts! But I think it was just about ok Smiley

Class: CoMC
House: ravenclaw
 Project: square invite
I'm going to make the invites for my brother's wedding - first step was to make some mock ups so they can pick the layout they like. I did this all from stash, their rustic colour scheme fortunatly let me use lots of left over bits!

Challenge: floo eye of the storm
House: ravenclaw
Project: vertical fold invite
Having Dawn for my new sister will defiantly make my family happier and more comfortable - she's lovely! Another invite mock up layout

Challenge: floo water park
House: ravenclaw
Project: wrought iron gates invite
This design is very different from the others because it uses lots of curves!

Class: frog choir
House: ravenclaw
Project: colour schemes and decoration ideas
I also sent my happy couple a number of sheets with slightly different colour and decoration ideas that they could swap out if they preffered - all d within their rustic design ethos so all able to work in harmony together

Class: SoAR
House: ravenclaw
Project long landscape invite
All the invites contain text, with the details that will be in the final design plus notes from me about possible other options, where I could put in extras sheets or how else I could present things
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12  Twiddle muff! in CHALLENGE 120 ENTRIES by noodle-bug on: October 05, 2017 03:03:13 AM

What the heck is a Twiddlemuff??
A Twiddlemuff is a double layered knitted (in this case - could be crocheted!) cylinder, covered with lots of textures of knit and twiddley bits such as buttons. They have been shown to help patients with Alzheimer's. During early stages patients often have restless hands and can be quite agitated - twiddlemuffs give their hands something to do, and this can actually be enough of a distraction to help ease up stress and let them think a little more clearly or remember the word they were previously stuck for. During the later stages, patients can't engage with daily tasks that use their dexterity, so having a twiddlemuff gives them something they can engage with to help maintain dexterity, and a source of visual and tactile sensory simulation. NHS trusts here in the UK ask for donations of them so you can send them directly, or the charity Knit for Peace also accepts and distributes them.

I decided to make mine in honour of my Grandma and Nan. They both were knitters, who developed Alzheimer's. I loved them very much and wish they had had something like this to play with, so I hope this goes to someone's Grandma to help them.

I collected loads of my dk weight yarn ends and used Russian joining to turn them into one big ball to knit from. (This project has been something I intended to do for a while, so I did that in August, and started to knit my muff in mid-Sept) Then I just got happy playing with loads of different stitch patterns - loops, smooth linen stitch, moss, ribs, lace holes.... Once I'd  knitted a long tube, I doubled it in on itself, joined, and covered it in buttons from my stash. I tried to find ones with different surface textures and shapes.

This was a really fun and easy project, I'd recommend it to newbie knitters as a good way to learn or practice some basic stitches - and more experienced knitters can use it as a stash buster (especially to use up odd little bits), to try new techniques and let their imagination go wild!
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13  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 30, 2017 09:35:19 AM
Last minute addition!

Class: Herbology
House: Ravenclaw
Project: baby cardi

I managed to knot this yarn into the exact shape of a baby cardigan!
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14  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 29, 2017 05:19:19 PM
Project dump from the last couple of weeks!

Class: alchemy
House: ravenclaw
Project: 2nd Bara Brith
Tea cake loaf made using the same recipe as I posted a couple of weeks ago during my practice make! Tea could be pretty mundane, but I think we Brits raise it to an art form!

Class: arithmancy
House: ravenclaw
Project: mug and poster...
2 skills, eh? Well - my work mug was "borrowed" by a  unknown thief... So I combined drawing and detective skills to locate it

And then I developed mug painting skills to prevent further robbery by making sure the culprit had one of his very own!

Challenge: Detention July
SPEW: knit for peace
House: ravenclaw
Project: twiddlemuff
I took this to Doncaster to knit during down time whilst boat building. Amongst the things I learnt was that there is no down time whilst boat building!! But I finally got around to it and it's ready to be sent to Knit for Peace to distribute to NHS trust for early onset Alzheimer patients

It's a double layer cylinder with more different textures on the inside too

Challenge: Detention Aug
House: ravenclaw
Project: Tom's birthday card
Made of paper and love

Challenge: Detention Sept
SPEW: knit for peace
House: buttons and yarn ends yarn!
I used the newest stash of yarn ends to start another skein for another twiddlemuff: this would be an ongoing project.
I also went through my button stash, and halved it to for into a much smaller storage box. The other half is all sorted into bags to go to knit for peace to use in their craft workshops

Challenge: floo Morocco
House ravenclaw
Project: Dad's cowl
Using different coloured yarn in linen stitch produces repeated squares, rectangles and triangles. This cowl is for my Dad's birthday

Class: flying
House: ravenclaw
Project: Peter postcards
Like a lot of crafters, I can be nervous about showing work to others, especially when it's a skill I'm still learning. My best friend Peter is, for me, a great starting point for sharing my art. I'm jus starting to learn to use watercolours - these postcards weren't really that successful but I think they will still make him smile!

Class: HoM
House: ravenclaw
Project: Otto cards
Another person who I can be sure won't mind my less-than-skillful attempt is Otto; my cousin's 10 year old son. We started writing postcards to each other as an off shoot of our Christmas thank you letters; although I write regularly to all my nibblings, Otto is the one that regularly writes back, and it's at least as sweet as butterbeer when I get letters from him!

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15  We <3 Severus! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 29, 2017 02:24:06 PM
The Severus Snape Appreciation Club

Meets Tuesdays, all welcome - bring cookies
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16  Re: Diagon Alley in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 28, 2017 10:32:00 AM
Thank you so much to the wonderful folks who've donated Diagon Alley prizes so far! Look at what's on offer...

Noodle's Notion Nest
Noodle-bug has donated...
- some appropriately bookish Ravenclaw bookmarks!
- a badger-tastic Hufflepuff notebook
*ships worldwide*

Seeuudee's Magick Shoppe
The fantastic seeuudee has donated a set of House Shield Ornaments!

The Alchemist's Crucible
The Fabulous FibreAlchemist had donated a Gryffindor copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone!

QuirkieCraft on Etsy
The lovely sheepBlue of QuirkieCraft on Etsy has donated a beautiful handprinted Dark Mark scarf! It is printed on 100% cotton fabric.  

*ships to North America from Mistress Jennie*

[[/img]b]Diagon Alley needs you![/b]
Donations of prizes (to be drawn for in the end of term feast) are gladly received, please PM noodle-bug & Mistress Jennie if you have something to donate, or any questions about donations...

Guidelines for suitable Prize donations:
~finished handcrafted HP themed items that are good for any HP fan or customizable for the winner.  
(Ex: A Hedwig bookmark would be good for anyone and is a lovely prize, but a Slytherin bookmark wouldn't work for everyone.  Better yet would be an offer of a bookmark in the winner's choice of House colours!)
~handmade items useful to any crafter are also great, such a handmade 'ideas' notebook or hand printed fabric.
~giftcard to your shop (Please note this must be enough for the recipient to receive an item at NO cost to them)
~purchased / made Harry Potter themed items or craft supplies
~gift cards to online craft suppliers (Remember, we are a worldwide group, so local independent shops aren't much help to a member in another country - but an independent or big brand online store is wonderful)
~Complete Craft Kits (full details through link)

THANK YOU to all our donors - You're part of what makes the HPC the great community it is!

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17  FLOO! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 28, 2017 09:35:30 AM
He took a deep breath, scattered the powder into the flames, and stepped forward; the fire felt like a warm breeze; he opened his mouth and immediately swallowed a lot of hot ash.
Mistress Jennie & Deputy Headmistress Noodle-bug are trying to get to Honeydukes, but something has gone wrong.... Where are they?

A Pinch of Floo Powder
Every 2 weeks (usually on a monday) A new challenge will be posted, taking us to explore a different place
Students may complete and post a craft based on that theme to earn 15 House Points, and a badge.  Once a new challenge is posted, you have until midnight Central time that day to finish posting the "old" challenge.
As with all things HPC, you are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges. They are just a way to inspire your own magical crafting

This week we are in...
A Junk Shop
Ohh, I love hunting for goodies! For this challenge, you must craft from what you can find around you - that might mean using up stash, using found objects from a brisk winter's walk, or using locally sourced materials and ingredients

Previous Floo challenge badges this semester:
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18  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 21, 2017 05:17:52 PM
Challenge: house unity
House: ravenclaw
Project: painty smeary fun
One of the artists I follow on Instagram* posted a vid a while back of her smearing blobs of acrylic with a wiper thing. I figured I'd have a go, using an old gift card (Top crafting tip: old gift cards are the best. I use mine to get the thinnest layer of glue for bookbinding, as mini paint palettes, etc etc). I used all the house colors, plus a couple of others, to make a rainbow of blobs and then smeared. Mine did not come out like I expected: I didn't really get any colour blending, and I ended up with so much excess smeary-ness that I had to use 2 extra sheets of card to smudge the extra on. But I had fun! And as I was really just playing, to see if I could work the technique, it's all good. I have a good idea where I went wrong (less paint, more overlap between colours, more even pressure).
I chopped up the extra sheets into squares to go in my random paper stash, and kept the main sheet whole. I have a couple of cards I need to make so maybe I can utilise my big rainbow somehow, otherwise that'll go in stash too.

*will edit a credit in, I can't think of her full name: JosieLewisArt. I'm obsessed with her colours Cheesy  here's her smeary fun
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19  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 20, 2017 04:08:40 AM
She's a narrowboat, called Florence Smiley

Does anyone know anything about working with stained glass? There are two small windows in the stable doors at the bow, and Tom asked me if I could make some stained glass windows for them, but to be honest I don't know where to start!

Edel - I did some oversize pointalism (sp??) in paintshop at university, we used cotton buds. That worked pretty well and was fun Smiley

And a project I forget to include in the previous dump...

Challenge: head's challenge September
House: ravenclaw
Project: blacking the hull
Before you can start a narrow boat journey, you have to make sure the boat is protected from water damage by blacking the hull. Here I am mixing the 2-part paint for Florence'a second coat!
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20  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 17, 2017 10:57:51 AM
Ok, project dump from me... Apologies in advance for terrible photos, a shipyard is not the best photography studio!

Class: apparition
House: ravenclaw
Project: fitting skylights
Done in the yard, which is basically a car park for boats on trailers, on top of the boat - pretty public!

Class: COMC
House: ravenclaw
Project: tabs
I drilled, tapped and cut 100 tabs, used to secure the windows and hence prevent theft!

Challenge: detention June
House: ravenclaw
Project: painting skylights
To be fit for use, the wood of the skylights had to be painted with two layers of protective paint

Class: divination
House: ravenclaw
Project: spray foam
The insulating foam is spayed on liquid, and then dries to a solid similar to polystyrene packaging. It is spayed on after battening, but before the interior walls are built - so it gathers in all the cracks, and I had to cut back the excess. Cut to 4 bin bags of sliced off bits, mostly each no bigger than a fingernail, and some lovely blisters on my hands!

Challenge: Floo Sunnydale
House: ravenclaw
Project: bow thruster
This definitely needed teamwork! To for the bow thruster, I had to cut very precise and weirdly shaped holes in the tube. But the only way to get to the tube was to hang upside down in the gas locker, with Tom holding my feet to stop me falling in (though to be fair given the relative sizes of my boobs and the gas locker opening, I wouldn't have fallen far!). Not really possible to he a pic of the thruster - so here's a shot of the bow instead!

Challenge: house pride
House: Ravenclaw
Project: drill holes!
Before going up to the boat, I had never done any metal work at all. But a good franchise is always ready to learn! So I spent a lot of my first day doing the simplest job: marking out holes for various outlets, and drilling them. Here's my first 4!

Class: transfiguration
House: ravenclaw
Project: painting window frames
The paint to protect the steel window frames is blank and shiny, like the carapase of a beetle
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