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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Craftivism Opportunity on: June 12, 2018 03:29:54 PM
Hi Everyone!

I saw this on IG and thought it was right up our alley! So I wanted to post it here for ya'll. I haven't put anything together yet, but have been contemplating what I might do.


  A massive global craftivism project meant to capture and share the stories of as many women, female-identified, and gender non-binary humans as possible - told by the person who knows your story best YOU.

Im asking you to create a 12 inch x 12 inch square of fabric (with an additional 1 margin around the piece) that tells the world your story. You can embroider it, sew it, quilt it, felt it, weave it, knit it, play with mixed media; whatever you want so long as its on fabric of some sort. As we amass huge quantities, I will build a team and we will create large-scale 3-D structures, stitch your stories together, and use them to skin these structures, creating a massive installation! Thats the analog artifact. There will also be an online gallery and every piece will be displayed along with as much info as you want to share about yourself and your story. That will be the digital artifact. (Hit me up if you are into the idea of joining the building team).

This site will grow as the project grows. I am counting on you to tell me what you want and need and help shape the project as we progress. Right now the important part is that you get excited about this and start recruiting!!!

Speaking of recruitingwhile the artistic outcomes of the project are incredibly valuable, the MOST valuable part of this project will be the connections you all make with each other and the actions you take as a result. I want this project to be about community coming together to not only work on your pieces in traditional stitching bee style but also to plot, plan, and mobilize on the issues that you believe need changing in your community.

This is as much about growing a squad and mobilizing as it is about creating art together.

Im here for you if you need additional support, resources, or if have any questions. Im in this with you and for you. So what do you say??? Are you in? I believe in us!

Lets make HERstory together!

MODS: Maybe we need a "Craftivism" under the "Crafting for Good and not Evil" board? This is the second time I have put something up. And there are more opportunities out there that are not necessarily for "charity" so to speak.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wonder Woman pouch on: April 04, 2018 10:07:27 AM
I have a trip I am going on TOMORROW where it will be jam-packed with activity, but not a lot of space. So I wanted to do away with the need to carry my purse. So. What's a bagmaker/maker/craftster to do? Make a pouch!

The pattern is the fairly new Cottonwood Pouch by Serial Bagmaker. I used a lovingly hoarded WW quilting cotton, some black denim for the pocket and quilting cotton bathing beauties for the pocket. (Pockets should always be a fun surprise!)

This was a super easy sew. It look me about three hours, but it was my first time, so you could shave at least an hour off that time in the future. Not a huge amount of interfacing going on (a major difference from most of the designers I use) but a solid pouch. The pattern comes with three sizes of the slouch hobo (tall, regular and grande) AND the pouch as an extra. I definitely want to make one of the hobos in the future, but my list of "gotta make that!" bags is LOOOOONG.  Grin

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fabric Traveler's Notebook cover - HP Style! on: March 29, 2018 12:18:59 PM
Soooo....I have used a notebook forever. My memory sucks. So I try to write stuff down. I got sucked into the bujo world a couple years ago and have always loved Moleskeines. Because I have multiple things going on, I was finding keeping a single book a pain in the rear. So I have been looking at Traveler's Notebooks for a while.

But as a Craftster, you're always looking at something and saying..."Man...I can make that!" Right? So that's what I did.

I did a search and there are several YouTube tutorials; but most of them use cardboard. Others use the materials I might use to make a wallet or a purse; but they leave raw edges. I wanted something more finished. I *did* find a couple videos using a process like I used; but they were very basic and did not include pockets. I wanted pockets.

I made my Traveler to fit "regular size" inserts; but it will also hold a "large" size insert comfortably. It has four "strings" and currently is holding four regular size dotted inserts. It could easily hold two or three more. Instead of using elastic cord, I used the stretchy elastic commonly used as hair rubber bands as of late. I like the texture and shimmery quality, as well as the thought that it's a little less likely to snap in my face.  Shocked

I used quilting cotton (Hufflepuff) with some sparkly linen I have been hoarding. You can't see the sparkly bits very well; but it just looks fabulous together! It only has two pockets; but I love the angled edges. I used 809 interfacing on the quilting cotton, along with a firm Peltex center. I used one sided fusible for this one, or 71F. It made it firm enough for my taste. I'd seen one done with a foam and another with a fleece. Knowing those as I do, I knew it would be either too floppy (fleece) or to fat (foam) for my taste. I made a pen loop, but I made it too big and I'm not pleased with it. I will probably cut it off and make a removable one with a binder clip.

It is only missing a charm to go on it. I finished it last night at about ten and was so pleased I wanted to put it to use right away! I probably will make a couple more eventually. I have some fabric I have been hoarding to make something for someone..myself. If anyone would be interested in a tutorial, I can make one when I make my next one. 

I haven't decorated all of my inserts yet. My bf got me a Sprocket printer and I'm slowly but surely printing off stuff to stick on them!

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Prayer Flag twinkle - Round 8 GALLERY on: March 19, 2018 01:29:08 PM
Original Thread

Flag made by cmarion, received by curiousfae.

Prayer Flag twinkle ROUND 8

Flag glittered
Received Flag
Completed twinkle requirements = all partners have received flags and you have posted your own flag
Contact me

Abeeroad > smmarrt
Alwaysinmyroom > Quaggy/Renstar
ChameleonHound > Wulf/seeuudee
Cmarion3 > seeuudee/LadybugsandBumblebees
Crafty-Becky > Rosie1981/Dharma_rebel
Dharma_rebel > emilywilde/crafty-becky
Emilywilde> dharma_rebel
Fatewineroses> quaggy
LadybugsandBumblebees > cmarion3
Renstar > alwaysinmyroom
Rosie1981 > crafty-becky/smmarrt
Seeuudee> cmarion3/ChameleonHound
Smmarrt > Abbeeroad/Rosie1981
Quaggy> alwaysinmyroom/fatewineroses
Wulf > ChameleonHound
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Prayer Flag Swap - Round 8 (SU to 3/3/2018;SO 3/26/18) on: February 21, 2018 01:43:19 PM
Flag made by cmarion, received by curiousfae.

Prayer Flag Swap ROUND 8

Swap name: Prayer Flag Swap Round 8
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: fatewineroses
Sign-up date range: 02/21/2018 to 03/3/2018
Date to send item by: 03/26/2018

Limited to a certain number of people? NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself 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: N/A
- 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

Typically we seem to have this swap as an annual event. But with it feeling like there is a lot going on out there in the world right now, I thought it would be good to have this so we can put some more good vibes out there into the world. Please join me.

DETAILS OF SWAP: To keep this an easy, low-stress swap, you can choose to send to either one or two partners. In addition, each of us is going to make an additional prayer flag for ourselves. So if you have one partner, you're going to make two flags and keep one, and if you have two partners, you're going to make three flags and keep one.

If you don't know about prayer flags, this article from Cloth Paper Scissors

As usual, to sign up for this swap, complete this questionnaire and PM it to fatewineroses. But first, read this IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

- You must get delivery confirmation if sending within the U.S., or a mailing receipt if sending to or from elsewhere in the world.
- If you must send late, let the organizers and your partner know ASAP.
- Good communication is very important. If you haven't already posted in this thread, please do so as soon as you've signed up, and stay in touch by posting weekly in the swap thread.
- PM both organizer and your partner when you send and when you receive.
- Please post photos of the flags you receive and the flag you made for yourself in the gallery. Remember to take pictures of what you make before you send it, just in case.

Some inspiration from previous swaps:
Prayer Flag Swap #7
Prayer Flag Swap #6
Prayer Flag Swap #5
Prayer Flag Swap #4
Prayer Flag Swap #3
Prayer Flag Swap #2
Prayer Flag Swap #1

The Prayer Flag Project blog.


Name of swap: Prayer Flag Swap Round 8 (Date to send item by: Monday, March 26th)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country in correct shipping format:
Are you willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (Note that prayer flags can usually be sent in a small padded envelope, so international postage should be reasonable.)
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)
Confirm that you will provide a Delivery Confirmation number if mailing within the US, or keep your postal receipt for non-US packages. (YES/NO)

Do you want ONE partner or TWO partners?

1. Do you have any allergies that are strong enough to prevent you from being partnered with certain people and what are they?
2. Do you have any other things you wish to avoid (such as feathers, glitter or animal products)?
3. Do you have any allergens (pets, smoke) in your house?
4.  Please list 4-6 different inspirational words you would like to see on your flag.
5.  Name some of your favorite images/themes that you would enjoy seeing on your flag:
6.  Are there any images/themes that your partner should avoid?
7.  What are your favorite colors, or color combinations?
8.  Are there any colors your partner should avoid?
9.  Please add a few more details about yourself and your tastes to help your partner get an idea of who you are. The more information you give, the better she/he can craft for you.  Feel free to add a link to your Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or anything else that would give her/him an idea of your tastes and interests.


1. fatewineroses
2. cmarion3
3. alwaysinmyroom
4. Rosie1981
5. Renstar
6. dharma_rebel
7. Smmarrt
8. LadybugsandBumblebees
9. Abbeeroad
10. emilywilde
11. quaggy
12. crafty-becky
13. ChameleonHound
14. Wulf
15. seeuudee


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

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Prayer flag swap on: February 18, 2018 09:04:02 PM
Normally we seems to have these about once a year. But with all going on in the world right now, I think it is time.

Who's in?
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Detailed note or do you care? on: October 24, 2017 11:00:24 AM
When you send a package to a partner, do you send a card? A little note?

If you do, what do you write? Do you write a simple, "Thanks for swapping with me"? Or do you go into detail? Say something special?

What do you prefer to get from your partner?

I keep cards specifically so I can send them with swap packages. I try and write something more than just a sentence or two. Sometimes I find the cards are too small (note for next time). I might be verbose.  Grin

This curious mind is curious about what you like and do.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Stranger Things Keyring on: October 23, 2017 12:46:45 PM
My first try at stamping. I made this for my partner in the just finishing up Stranger Things swap.
I did *not* make the waffle. It was purchased.

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stranger Things LED Hoop on: October 23, 2017 12:44:40 PM
So. If you are a Stranger Things fan, Christmas lights have new meaning to you. And if you didn't know it, we are finishing up a Stranger Things swap, just in time to enjoy our goodies for the season two drop this Friday! THIS FRIDAY!!! OH EM GEE!!! Shocked

Okay. Sorry. I had a moment there.

After getting my partner's questionnaire, I did some stalking and got it in my head to do a hoop and a keychain.

I originally was going to try and do the wall alphabet; but it was cost inefficient. Most of the small light strings in the stores come in weird numbers. Having multiple strings would be inefficient and heavy. So I decided to go for the scene where Joyce is talking to the string of lights in her hand. Originally I was trying to make my own drawing from a picture; but I'm not very artistically inclined. It just wasn't working with what I had. As I was finishing up the planning for this I *almost* switched to another topic; but then I found this drawing. I'm disappointed in myself because I don't remember where I got it. I usually like to give credit. It was simple enough though and I knew it would work perfectly.

- Using my handy dandy coupon for Michael's, I purchased the lights.
- Did the embroidery using a simple backstitch and some stem stitch.
- I cut my excess fabric to trim so I could finish the hoop.
- I carefully used white craft glue to finish off the hoop. (not always my preferred method; but I wanted it to not move at all)
- I carefully used my seam ripper to cut small holes in the fabric. Note for anyone that wants to do this down the line: Interface the portion you will be putting the lights on before cutting the holes. I didn't think to do that but probably should have.
- I used Fray Check on each hole to prevent further ripping or fraying of the fabric.
- I then stuck the lights through the hole, held it in place and glued with fast drying fabric glue. You could probaby use Goop or E6000 for this as well if you wanted to.
- After all of the glue was dry, I used black thread to tack down the excess wire.
- I used Goop glue to firm attach the on/off switch to the bottom back of the hoop/fabric.

The back is an absolute nightmare. I think I took a picture; but it made me flinch, so I deleted it. Roll Eyes

It sounds like my partner liked it. I hope you guys like it as well.

Not lit.


10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Stranger Things Swap on: October 18, 2017 09:48:16 AM
Picture belongs to fatewineroses. Hoop belongs to Abbeeroad.

fatewineroses <--> mariak
Abbeeroad <--> gala_apples

Feedback given

Everyone has sent, now we wait! Bring on the goodies!
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