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1  embroidered Gallifreyan baby quilt (15 images) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Kitten Wrangler on: November 21, 2014 08:09:03 AM
G'day- long time no post, but I've had my time taken up with this.

Aieee... this took months to do, but the idea was in my head and there was no ignoring it. It had to be made, and fortunately a Doctor Who friend of mine was due to give birth. Perfect!!

I knew I wanted to embroider the Doctor's name in Gallifreyan, but that's all I had idea wise-to start with. Then I thought of a patchwork background (not my forte!) that might look nice. So... a day wandering around a craft show and I came up with the idea of something to represent the Doctor's wooden crib + TARDIS blue + the bending of time and space as one travels through it.

So I cut strips of fabric and sewed them together in blocks of eight, cut it diagonally, ripped the strips apart into pairs, mixed and matched, resewed everything into blocks of six, cut it diagonally again, ripped it apart again, mix and matched the cut ends... on and on - blocks of four, blocks of 10, blocks of 12. All to get all different sorts of angles  to sort of show time and space shattering.

This is after I realised that I needed more, and was so unmotivated at the thought of another fortnight spent ripping stitches apart and sewing more fabric together. I hung it up for a week, and stared at it balefully.

And here, refreshed and renewed, I finally got the base to the size I needed.

From little things, big things grow.

I used a lot of brick couching because it was a quick and easy way of making thick lines, and let me cut loose and use this awesome thick sparkly thread. I went nuts buying threads for this. All different sorts of threads with different feels and different weights...

At the beginning I'd been really worried about the chalk rubbing off, so I only traced a little bit at a time, but as I got further and further into it, it got harder and harder to match what I needed to trace next to what I'd already done.

Eventually.... I committed a cardinal sin I'm quite ashamed to admit to. I gave in and traced the whole design with a ballpoint pen. I'm so ashamed, but there was no way this was going to be finished if I had to stop and retrace every night.

Slowly, slowly. I tried to do a circle or two every evening.

Couching. Such a valuable tool. The thick brown lines were couched using a wide/open chain stitch with sashiko thread. The big circle it's touching is metallic embroidery floss that I'd twisted into rope and couched.

I also used a lot of split stitch, back stitch, stem stitch and chain stitch.

I wouldn't recommend embroidering onto a patchwork. Pushing the needle through some of those seams was a herculean task at times.

My other guilty secret is that the back of this is an out and out mess. Truly terrible. I can't remember my reasoning, though it was quite sound at the time, but I chose to not finish off the threads neatly. I just left them hanging. God, it was a good reason, but I can't remember what it was now!

Inching ever closer to the end. By this point I'd gotten over my general grumpiness at my inability to trace a circle perfectly.

So close. So close. Baby's due date was getting closer and closer....

I missed the due date, but FINALLY got it all embroidered. From start to finish, this project took me... oooh, I want to say three or four months?

Everything else I kept as simple as I could. Bamboo batting, simple purple backing with the edges folded over to make the binding. Mailed it off to my friend, and she loved it! Baby is not allowed to be on it at all. Except for the photo she took of young Stormageddon lying on the quilt, staring in bewilderment at the shiny Gallifreyan script.

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2  Eureka Flag baby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Kitten Wrangler on: April 19, 2014 11:12:54 AM
It's been a long long time since I shared anything I've made on Craftster, but I really am proud of this one.

This is a size recreation of the Eureka Flag, which is to be a gift for my mate who's expecting his first baby in the next few weeks.

A bit of background, maybe? The Eureka flag was flown in Ballarat in 1854 or thereabouts when a group of gold miners staged a rebellion against the mining licences, taxes and government of the day. It was quick, dirty and deadly and many of the names and people involved have been honoured throughout Victoria. Here's what Mark Twain had to say when he visited the Goldfields:
By and by there was a result, and I think it may be called the finest thing in Australasian history. It was a revolution small in size; but great politically; it was a strike for liberty, a struggle for principle, a stand against injustice and oppression....It is another instance of a victory won by a lost battle. It adds an honorable page to history; the people know it and are proud of it. They keep green the memory of the men who fell at the Eureka stockade, and Peter Lalor has his monument.

 The flag has gone on to be a symbol of the working Left, of the unions and of the struggle for rights and democracy. My mate, the expectant father-to-be is a member of Labor Left, a firm unionist AND he lives in Ballarat. I could not think of anything more perfect.

It is, however the first time I've used a number of skills I've only previously possessed in theory. Practice will make perfect, I'm sure, but for a first time practical attempt at patchwork, machine appliqu, quilting, bias-binding creation, hand quilting and binding... yeah, I think I've done fine.

So, this is one of the stars. The math involved in working out the template almost made my brain burst (!) After stitching the eight points together I then ironed that sticky stuff onto it, so I could attach it to the body of the quilt without fear of it moving around when I started sewing. You can also see that my 50-year-old sewing machine is really not too fond of satin stitch, but I've learned to live with that imperfection.

This here is the binding I created and stitched into place. This, I think looks lovely. I'm really pleased I took the time needed to do all this.

And finally - the quilting. I don't have a quilting machine for fancy stuff and the thought of adding geometric lines to an already very geometric quilt was kind of off-putting to me. So, after a little research I discovered the Eureka oath - "We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties."

Perfect!! I decided to stitch that into the quilt. Many a long evening was spent with my needle and thread getting it all done, but hey - there it is!!

Sooooo.... what do you all think?
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3  Re: Pet Lovers Swap 3 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Kitten Wrangler on: November 24, 2012 07:53:25 PM
just one quicky photo - I haven't had a chance to take photos of everything else yet.

Someone's looking quite spiffy in his new bowtie

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4  Re: Pet Lovers Swap Rd 3 CLOSED - SENDOUT 11/05 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Kitten Wrangler on: September 20, 2012 12:32:08 AM
First rule of pet ownership:

Thou shalt not craft
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5  Re: Pet Lovers Swap Rd 3 (SIGNUPS 09/03 - 09/17) SENDOUT 11/05 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Kitten Wrangler on: September 14, 2012 05:51:38 PM
Would you accept a video? Here's my cat and I going for a walk.

And, just for the fun of it...

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6  Re: Pet Lovers Swap Rd 3 (SIGNUPS 09/03 - 09/17) SENDOUT 11/05 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Kitten Wrangler on: September 09, 2012 05:55:14 AM
oh, dammit. Looks like I'm gonna do this swap.

Look! My kitty!! His name is Gillespie (Gill)

Wearing one of my necklaces, and looking like a doofus.

Outside, chillaxing on the balcony.

Inside, keeping an eye on things from my bedroom window sill.
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7  Re: Journal for a month Round 2 - The gallery of awesome in The Swap Gallery by Kitten Wrangler on: July 31, 2012 12:53:26 AM
ZombriNation probably thinks by now that I have no intention of putting up pics. BUT I AM! Right now, in fact!!

Zombri's journal was very much a wordy-journal - which is great. I like peeping into other people's lives via what they write. It's why I always read my friend's blog...

First up - a couple of extras. We had to keep things small and light because postage was going to kill us otherwise.

Mmmm. Bacon scented. That's why my cat keeps on chewing the mail envelope the package arrived in. It smells like bacon.

Words! Words! And something was passed. Congratulations! (I just opened to a random page for photos. I'm waiting for a spare evening and a hot chocolate to sit down and start reading cover to cover.

The cat (Gillespie) showing his opinion of dogs and men who dress in dog suits. Smiley I LURVE the show Wilfred - the US version is pretty cool, but the Australian version was downright crude and filthy. Oh, and Zombri - what you wrote here is exactly how I see myself and Gill.

Ah. Colours and cut and paste! EXACTLY my journalling style as well.

I find insomnia a regular pain in the butt too... But I love this sort of thing - I can't let myself be loose and free like this when I draw and be creative. My crafting impulses are usually regimented in some way or another...

Once again, Zombri, thank you!! Thank you for putting up with my tardiness, thank you for being willing to ship to Australia, and thank you for sending me something so full of splendid words.
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8  Re: April 2012 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Kitten Wrangler on: May 04, 2012 07:35:31 AM
And here we are! 

Let's start with my hoopla and extras from TroubleT:

SOCKS!! I NEEDED SOCKS! It's gotten so cold so quickly here, I was so pleased to have them. One pair is already in the laundry basket, another is keeping my calves warm right now.

AND - this sweet-ass hoopla. It's the chemical symbol for theobromine...aka the stimulant found in chocolate. Straight to the hoopla wall with this one

Sorry - the cat kept leaning in to see what I was doing.

Then, from Puzzler:
Hoops and inkpads. Hoops are perfect for an idea I want to work on, inkpads are perfect for the journal swap I'm doing right now.

And finally - awesome t-shirt from my Wists!

ooh, crap. Blurry. Sorry. I'd take an action shot, but the cat can't operate a camera. Yet. It's a lovely thick t-shirt which works well for a Melbourne winter AND is guaranteed to make mah peeps jealous Cheesy

Thank you so much both of you! I am guaranteed to get tons of fun out of all of this Cheesy
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9  Journal for a month swap Round 2 - Sign up April 11-30. Send out June 14 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Kitten Wrangler on: April 10, 2012 09:16:47 AM

Okay, we are on again.

I LOVED doing this swap the first time around, and have decided to reinvigorate it Cheesy And the fact that I am usually a non-journaller and a non-paperworker, and I'm dying for a round 2 on this swap should tell you something about how much fun it is.

I am blatantly stealing most of the words below, and probably the swap idea itself from Dizzerspinninround.

Swap name: Journal for a month Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Kitten Wrangler
Craftster who is co-organizing: No-one, yet.
Sign-up date range: April 11 - April 30
Date to send item by: June 14th

Limited to a certain number of people? Nope
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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: NO
- 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:

In this swap you will be writing in a journal for one month and sending the journal to your partner. You will be journalling the month of May, natch. Wink

You are encouraged to make your own journal, but it is definitely not necessary, you can recreate a pre-existing journal if you so desire.

This journal should really express who you are, and not just in words, feel free to include photos, ticket stubs, crafty projects, drawings, poetry, short stories, jokes, whatever!

You MUST write something for each day, even if it's just a few sentences. Your entries don't have to be novel length, but they do need to be of substance. You can even include drawings and poetry (make it a mini zine about you if you want!).

You and your partner will discuss how personal you wish to be, if you didn't already specify in the questionnaire.

You are ALSO required to send a small crafted item along with the journal. Make it a craft you are super good at, to display your skills, or try your hand at a new craft, so long as you make sure you keep it a small (unless you and your partner discuss otherwise). A small is an item that takes you 2 hours or less to craft. Items such as earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks are considered smalls for different people of different skill levels.

Just to prevent any hand-wringing and angsting....
I'm in Australia - I'll be in a different timezone to most of the rest of you. A reply to a question might seem to take longer than you might expect - especially if you send a PM while I'm asleep or working. I WILL endeavour to respond to every PM sent/question asked within 48 hrs of it being sent. 'Kay??

Name of swap: Journal for a month swap Round 2
Craftster username:
Email address:
Name and address in mailing format:

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)

Are you allergic to anything?
Any allergens in your house?
Are you okay with receiving extras?
Have any subjects you don't wish to discuss?
Have any subjects you don't want your partner to discuss?

For reference to the small item that will be crafted for you:
What colors do you like?
What colors do you not like?
What can you craft?
What would you like to receive?
What would you not like to receive?

Are you okay with receiving "extras" (these are purchased items or supplies)?
-If yes, name some things you would be okay with receiving:

Do you have a wist or a pinterest? Tumblr, Flickr, Twitter, Instagram yada yada...?
Anything else you would like your partner to know?


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

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10  Re: AND It all Started with the BIG BANG THEORY SWAP!!!! GALLERY in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Kitten Wrangler on: April 02, 2012 08:31:13 AM
Righto! Time to show you all the lovely things I received from Mod35tBabe!

First up, this lovely bag:

Amy's shout of "Of course I'm a princess, I have a tiara!!" is one of my most favourite parts of BBT. Considering that my other favourite quote is Penny's pitch-perfect "Good morning, slut!" to Leonard, I'm glad that this was the quote that MBabe chose to use Wink And by the power of magic and coincidence, it seems to be the perfect size to carry around my brand-new iPad.

And here are the other goodies:

Over on the left there is a highlighter set that looks like a floppy disc. (Yes, kids. I'm so old I wrote my Undergraduate Thesis on a floppy disc. We didn't have any of this newfangled Bluetooth or USB drive stuff back then....) and a robot eraser. YAY ROBOT!! There's also a spankingly cute calender with another Amy (Oh, Amy, light of my life...) quote. And last, but not least - a BBT drinking game. I have all the episodes on DVD, plus some beer, wine and Kahlua in the house. This could get dangerous.

Thank you so much, Mod35tBabe - It's all wonderfully made, and I'm well pleased to have received it!!
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