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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / What do you look for.... on: October 17, 2019 07:12:53 PM
....in am embroidery pattern?

I want to make my first embroidery pattern to sell...potentially. I already have a basic drawing worked up,  but am trying to determine what to include with the pattern other than the image, thread colors, etc. So I am coming to my favorite stitchers in hopes of hearing your thoughts.

Also, if anyone would be willing to be a pattern tester, that would be great! I have a coup,e friends who offered to who are not primarily embroiderist. Having some more experienced stitchers would be great! Oh. Its a Harry Potter quote if it matters.

Looking forward to hearing what you guys think.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Undercover Ursual banner flag on: August 23, 2019 08:57:01 AM
For the darker side of Disney swap I was partnered with tattooedcrafter. Life interfered, as it is wont to do. At the last minute, just before I was slated to send, I decided to make a rash decision and change my medium. Originally I was going to paint it. In the end, I'm so happy I decided to switch and stitch it instead.

When searching Pinterest and Google for quotes and images of Ursula, I found the "quote" of "A woman does not realize how powerful her voice is until it has been taken from her." I knew it wasn't an actual quote from the movie, but I felt that it was impactful and timely. Perfect! I was going to use an outline image of Ursula, along with the quote. Later I decided on the shell. Perfect representation of the voice.

The banner has a pocket on the back for hanging. This was my first time doing: color blending, highlighting text and doing tassels.

When I started, I thought the main purple I was using had enough contrast to not need anything else. Sadly, when I was done I realized that was not the case. I used a simple highlight using two colors lighter than the main color. I think it turned out fab!

This meant a lot to me. Lately I have felt that my voice at work has been silenced...and I do work with sexual assault survivors that often felt unheard.

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Pen pal swap on: August 20, 2019 10:33:19 PM
I am just throwing this out there for discussion. I dont have any idea what the final swap would look like, but I am thinking a long swap time with multiple exchanges. Anyone have any ideas? Or maybe just people interested in being pen pals?  Doesnt have to be swapping of crafts, just notes or letters or small things?
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mad Scientist Custom Traveler's Notebook Cover (pic heavy) on: August 09, 2019 11:16:44 AM
One of my favorite parts (I have a lot of those) of crafting for others is telling the story behind the making. Because there is ALWAYS a story. A thought process. A spark and the fire that is creation. This was not any different. I had to take a break from swaps due to some life stuff. I'm still struggling to get back on track in general. Doing any sort of swap was mentally daunting, but the Traveler's Notebook swap was too much to pass up. I had made a cover for myself before, but I wanted to move to a bigger size. This was the perfect storm.

I was partnered with loves2experiment...okay..we were the only two people in the swap. But I have partnered with her before and was excited! She asked for a custom sized cover. No problem. She asked that it could hold about four inserts. No problem. Her color combos were right up my alley. Right on! Then I got to her favorite themes/styles. *sigh* She is much too sophisticated for me. I actually had to look up some of that stuff and ask her questions. I am always happy to try new stuff, but I wasn't feeling most of it unfortunately.  Undecided  Finally, she got down to some stuff I could run with....science...chemistry specifically.

I found a science crest at Urban Threads and even picked up another pattern that was chemistry related. I mulled them over and did A LOT of browsing and searching of images. I took my dog, Lilly, to JoAnn's for a fabric run. She was very patient with me as I muttered to myself, picking up bolts of fabric, matching things together...I must have sounded a little mad to some I am sure! I ended up picking out six different fabric combos to take home with me. I decided quickly to quilt the cover. I wanted to show off the fabrics I had picked!

Then I was looking at the symbols in the crest. I *kinda* knew what most of them looked like, but I wanted to make sure I knew what they were and how they looked when they were used properly. During this search, I found a "Mad Scientists Union" emblem. POW! There I went. I *knew* that had to be added. The emblem I found didn't have an "established" date at the bottom. I decided that would be a perfect added touch. I went looking for real life scientists. I wanted to use someone a little obscure that not everyone would know.

I found Fritz Haber. He won a Nobel Prize, but is also known as the Father of Chemical Warfare. He was "respectable" enough, but most of what he did was pretty darn heinous. I used his birthyear as the established date for the union. I like to put Easter eggs in my work when I can.

I embroidered first. I originally had chosen a dark denim to embroider on. But as I went through my stash, I found some fabric I had tea dyed for another swap. I put it up to the other fabrics and BANG! Choice made. Next to decide on the thread to use. Black is often a good go to. I contemplated matching the two quilted colors (blue and orange), but felt it would be too garish or bold. I felt that a mad scientist would probably not want to boldly advertise their union affiliation. So I found two threads that were very close to the fabric color, but not exactly. The two colors were immediately next to each other on the DMC spectrum, so they match so closely, it is hard to tell the difference in the colors. For the longest time I struggled with this. I posted on my FB wall to ask my friends what they thought of the colors (not showing them exactly what I was making). They are used to me asking for opinions. I've pretty much trained a lot of my friends to understand that giving me their opinion is helpful. They do not have to have an art degree or do any sort of art or be color savvy. I'm just looking for their layman opinion. In the end, that's what I am looking for.

The completed cover. I loved that it was very solid in my hands. Both the inside and outside were interfaced with SF101. Then I quilted the front portion with some thin batting. Finally I added some Peltex to give it a firmness. The Peltex can be either sew in or the kinds you can iron on. To get a nice, firm cover you might use the Peltex that irons on to both sides and then iron it once you get it turned. I used one that irons on one side (my preference for most things) and attached it to...I want to say I attached it to the inside. Don't quote me. My brain is a bit swiss cheesey as of late. I think for my next cover I will quilt the Peltex and see how that works. I like a firm cover but don't want to quilt my cover every time I do a cover, but I like the extra solid feeling the quilting gives it.

You can see here the subtle difference in the thread colors. A tidbit...the lighting bolts were not supposed to be different colors.  Roll Eyes In the end I LOVED how it turned out.

I figured that a chemist might get some stuff pretty much everywhere. They *are* mad of course! So I experimented with bleach and ended up having to use bleach full strength for about seven seconds. I found out that hydrogen peroxide stops bleaching in its tracks! I did not know that.

While I really like to quilt, it requires being way too precise for my sort of crafting. The blocks were wonky on purpose because I can't be precise to save my life.

The birth of a cover. One of the hardest and scariest parts. What if it rips? Oy! The stress.

I hoped you liked this walk through my creative process. Feel free to ask me any questions about the process. I could go one for hours about it.  Grin
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Design help for chunky purse charm on: July 29, 2019 12:19:20 PM
Hi. This is the THIRD attempt to try and post this.  Undecided Twice I tried but encountered a glitch. Not sure if it is this system or the website. Doesn't matter.

Background: My mom passed away unexpectedly a couple months ago. A group she belongs to, the Ladybugs, was kind enough to do the food for her memorial and help my stepdad cope in the weeks following her death. This last weekend I was at JoAnn's looking for some stuff for a swap, and came across some ladybug beads and angel beads. I had the idea to make chunky purse charms for the Ladybug group as a small thank you for their support.

This is a sketch of what I am thinking about.

My problem is this. While researching inspiration and technique, I became overwhelmed. I have the technical skills and understanding to complete this project. I have experience with wire and beads and such. No problem. But I have not found any design formula or ratios or numbers or whatnot when looking online. All of the videos and tutorials show merely the technical aspects of making these charms. They don't touch upon any sort of design help. *sigh*

So I am coming to my experts for consultation. Please help my swiss cheese, befuddled brain make sense of all the beautiful inspiration I am seeing online.

Any advise, direction or help you can give me is greatly appreciated.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / SWAP CANCELED - Stranger Things Rnd 4 - SU 5/9-5/19, SO 6/12 on: May 09, 2019 01:09:02 PM
Picture belongs to fatewineroses. Hoop belongs to mariak.

Swap name: Stranger Things
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: fatewineroses
Sign-up date range: May 9-19
Date to send item by: June 12

Limited to a certain number of people?: No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?

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:

And in preparation for that, we are going to swap awesomely!!! So join us!!!

This swap is all about the show 'Stranger Things.' This will be a TWO point swap. You will be required to craft 2 SMALLS item or 1 MEDIUM item. EXTRAS are NOT required and only by mutual agreement between partners.


Please be prepared to participate in the conversation. We will have a nice cushy crafting period and I'm interested in keeping track of everyone.  So let's do a weekly check in on the thread.  Please also keep in contact with your partner. Just to let them know you are alive.


Name of swap: Stranger Things 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: (YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Can you take pictures before you send and post pictures when you receive?
Favorite episode or episodes?
Favorite moment/event:
Favorite characters?
Favorite quotes?
Any LEAST favorite characters/episodes/etc?
What would you love to receive?
Anything you would NOT want to receive?
What crafts do you make?
Favorite colors and patterns?
Least favorite colors/patterns?
Anything else you'd like your partner to know?


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

Happy Crafting!


1. fatewineroses
2. Abbeeroad
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Best fabric for tea/kitchen towel? on: April 22, 2019 04:29:38 PM
I've decided to embroider a set of tea/kitchen towels. When I was talking to the bf about it, he made a request on what color to use as the base. Light yellow. Of course, I can't find that.  Roll Eyes So I thought I could get some fabric and make them. I've done it once before and I am absolute crap at cutting a straight line  Shocked Tongue Grin but it's the only way I can think to get what I want and satisfy the bf. (What he cares about the colors in the kitchen is beyond me! I'm the one who cooks!  Roll Eyes But whatever.)

I'm looking for types of fabrics that might work best as a tea/kitchen towel. I prefer a mid to heavy weight fabric. I'm thinking linen would be awesome...anyone have a favorite they use? A chambray might be nice too. I've embroidered on that before. I wouldn't want to get like just a basic cotton..too thin. We will actually USE these items. So they have to handle some heavy wear.

I appreciate any conversation about this. Resources are awesome! Hey...what about looking at a thrift store? That just came to me. It might be searching for needle in a hay stack...but maybe.... Huh
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Stranger Things Season 3 drops July 4th!!! on: March 21, 2019 10:37:39 PM
Who wants to do a swap to get us amped up for the new season!?!?!

9  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.
10  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

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