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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! on: April 30, 2018 02:37:40 PM
Annnd project dump to squeak past the Unicornicopia deadline.

Challenge: Unicornicopia - Unicorn
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Floral bead frogger

I decided to make a few more frogging needles, which make it easier to pull out cross stitches.  They are thicker and more blunt so they don't bend or split the stitches, and the weight of the beads (and the size) means that if the tension flips the needle out of your fingers it's a lot easier to find!

This is a unicorn piece because I never use these kind of painted beads, but I LOVE them.  I got it in a bead soup packet from a local beading store when I lived in Edmonton many years ago, purely for this bead.

Yup it totally took me 45 minutes to complete though.  Picking up fine beads on slick beading threadwith stiff wrists is a sloooooow process (much easier doing beading on cross stitch because I have them on a little bead nabber on my finger!).




Challenge: Unicornicopia - Glitter
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Crystal bead frogger

At first glance this might not seem glittery until you take a closer look. It has several metallic beads, two optical beads (the kinds that look like they have a kind of 3D depth?), and lastly a fire-polished teardrop crystal to finish.

Also took me a whole episode of Lt. Kenda: Homicide Hunter to finish Tongue




Challenge: Unicornicopia - Mermaid
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Pride Girl pendant

I was gifted this little gingerbread style girl pendant from the lady I buy my needleminders from.  She sat for a LONG time as I couldn't figure out what to do with her, since the holes were too big to allow for Christmas detailing.  I finally settled on making her a rainbow figure.  I might still try and incorporate it into a wild necklace for my LGBTQ+ friend who lives in Toronto and gets to attend the best darn Pride Parade that I think has ever existed.  

I took the completely separate elements of my threads (actually pulled from the chromatic temperature gauge for my Daily Temp Chart!) and the wooden cut out, and turned them into a brightly coloured pendant.




Challenge: Unicornicopia - ADVANCED Rainbow
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Floral Pendant

I also have a bunch of these teardrop pendants, and a recent cross-stitch magazine had a number of pretty patterns meant to be stitched onto wooden pendants, tags, phone covers, etc.  I thought I'd try this particular floral one.  It has a gradient of 3 different pinks from light to dark, with just a little corner of yellow marking the centre of the flower.




Challenge: Unicornicopia - Unicornicopia
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Spring SAL - Clue 4

Thanks wonderfully to the new ability of being able to use sections of SAL for crafting submissions, I'm submitting the 4th wedge of the Satsuma Street Spring SAL as my Unicornicopia!  It has colour gradations in the bottom flower section (light pinks into brighter orangey pinks), an adorably sweet snail, has a white background AND white stitching, and contains more than 5 colours (even in just this wedge).  I love this SAL, and need to start working on Clue 5 which we just got last Friday (we get them every 2 weeks).

Before starting the wedge I'm submitting:



Finished wedge:



Whole thing so far:

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! on: April 30, 2018 01:31:08 PM
NEWT Proposal!

Class: Charms - colour changing
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Fibery Friends Sampler

So one of my dearest friends and I are both going to make the Fibery Friends Sampler from Frosted Pumpkin, as we both love fiber arts.  She crochets too like me, but neither of us can easily due it right now, due to her having Rheumatoid disease as well (hers is well defined as RA though).

We've already worked on it some, not stitching but in in completely altering the colour scheme.  We both love bright colours, and variegateds, and are working on completely redoing the colour scheme.  Then we will stitch it.  All the colour changing reminds me distinctly of charms used by the kids in HP (the tricky little charm that makes a banner flash in different colours, changing eyebrow shades).  We've already been messing about with it for a month, and it'll take quite awhile to stitch as well so it will definitely fill the time requirement.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! on: April 30, 2018 11:53:22 AM
Oh ErinAquahearts - I am so, so sorry to hear that.  I can't imagine how difficult that is.  Please know you and your family are in my thoughts.  I do LOVE your easter egg trees!  They are so bright and hopeful.

Noodle - don't worry, I know it's quite different from our usual crafting lines!  I see it sort of like submitting individual knitted/crochet afghan blocks, or quilting blocks or patches, that eventually become a whole.  I wouldn't submit the finished piece as a separate class, just each individual "clue" as they are completed.  I'll always show a before and after picture so progress is easy to see!

And thank you for the Witch Weekly!  I just ADORE this bright little cross stitch.  I'm hoping to maybe find a good frame at IKEA tonight for it.  Now I need to establish a new NEWT....
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! on: April 29, 2018 05:51:15 PM
Thanks noodle!  I was so glad to find a use for the butterflies.


Lovely headmistresses, I have a question.

I'm currently doing (and about to embark upon more) a number of cross-stitch stitchalongs (SAL).  Some of them last a couple months, some all year.  Each portion always takes at least a few hours, some up to 20.  A good portion of them are going on right now (instead of being ones in the past) so I can only work as far as the current clue.

Is it acceptable to submit the COMPLETED section of the SAL as a class?  I just only get to use two Advanced Studies at a time lol, and it isn't enough to cover all these SAL. I promise it's always immediately obvious that a section has been completed (they fill a perfect gap), and they all take a significant amount of work.  

I just don't do a lot of middle sized crafts now.  Most things take a long time to get to completion, except if I cook.

It's OK if it isn't!  I just wanted to broach the idea before I tried to use it!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! on: April 29, 2018 01:44:24 PM
OK more stuff to throw in!

Challenge: Unicorn - Rainbow
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Butterfly Wreath

You might remember I made all these butterflies awhile ago, but hadn't done a thing with them.  I decided I wanted to turn them into a wreath, and so I crocheted a circle with a scalloped edge as a backing, then carefully glued them down in prismatic order around the wreath.  It might still need a bow at some point, but I'm happy with how it looks right now.




Challenge: Unicorn - Cupcake
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Blueberry Jamaican corn porridge

I actually first had a version of this in the hospital, believe it or not.  Instead of cream of wheat, I was given corn porridge.  I enjoyed it as a change from my usual either cold cereal or oatmeal, and went looking for a recipe at home.  I found something called Jamaican Corn porridge, which cooks the cornmeal in a mix of water, milk, and condensed milk.  I prefer to make it this way.

2 c. milk (we use homo, aka 3.25%)
1/2 c. fine cornmeal (polenta cornmeal works)
sprinkle of salt
brown sugar to taste
1/2 c. frozen (or fresh!) blueberries

Put the milk on the stove, add a sprinkle of salt if desired, and bring to a simmer over low heat.  Slowly sprinkle the cornmeal in, a bit at a time, stirring constantly.  Once I have 1/4 c. in I usually let it simmer and I stir for a few minutes to let the cornmeal hydrate.  Then I add the rest in the same manner, sprinkling in and stirring constantly.  Continue to let it simmer while stirring frequently until it hits a texture just a little bit runnier than you'd like for porridge.  Take off the heat, and pour some into a heat-proof bowl.  Top with some of the berries and brown sugar, to your taste.  Enjoy!

This also turns into quite a rich polenta with chilling in the fridge, and you can serve it as a base grain in a meal with meat and sauce, or sauteed mushrooms.  You could stir in some parmesan when making it if you'd like to do that instead!




And also....a NEWT finish!

Class: NEWT - SOAR
House: Ravenclaw
Name: The Dragon Trainer

I finally finished The Dragon Trainer!  I love, love love this so much.  I didn't alter the pattern at all, except to use a hand-dyed aida for fabric, and gold metallic DMC perle for the crown.  My girl is clearly a very powerful princess witch, able to tame a Common Welsh Green into skipping right after her (I think the bunny is just tagging along for fun).

Complete, before backstitching and french knots:



And totally done:

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! on: April 20, 2018 04:31:51 PM
OK some comments on....well this whole term so far really Tongue

jenleahlynn: I love that hoop you did way at the beginning of the term!  It's so bright and colourful!
Audania1: those Jane dresses?   Shocked Shocked Shocked  LOVE
jellybean89: the candy stripe blanket is fun!
patty_o_furniture: That wreath of chocolates might be the best Valentine wreath ever!
TechnicolorAquahearts: the cookies are totally beautiful.  I can't even watercolour with actual paint.
midkiffsjoy: SHINY YARN!  Grin
gaudiknight: that tiny dress is amazing, I am always impressed by work on such a small scale!
edelC: ok all those hats and the pink and purple wig?  You look amazing!
Abbeeroad: the electric valentines are super cool, I need to do some circuit building with my kiddos!  Thanks for the great idea!
cheyenneatheart: You are a hat making MACHINE, and they're so cozy
noodle-bug: I find wax seals so neat.  It makes me want to write more longhand letters
plaidpineapple: the hanger cover with zipper is a super cool idea!  
ErinAquahearts: seriously, kids craft kits are the best. Zero pressure, and adult(ish) skill level means a great result no matter what!
katiebread: Cute scarf with a great pin!
moonflame: That's St. Patty's day decoration is the best!
Mistress Jennie: that bright purple stool is great, and I lol'd at your description of making your wonderful painting!


If I missed anyone I'm so sorry!  I did look through everything, and it's all so very wonderful. <3
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! on: April 20, 2018 03:45:59 PM
I'm sorry I haven't been on much.  I was away at my parents for a bit, and then haven't felt well.  I felt so guilty that I haven't even been reading the page!  I'm going to catch up soon, but I wanted to put up a couple more items.

Class: Astronomy - in threes
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Fishing lure hoop

I made this for my dad's birthday, and it clearly has 3 parts!  It's just from an old free pattern from DMC with some other colours swapped in.  DMC thread on handpainted 28 ct. evenweave.




Class: Detention - March - WIP
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Sugar Skull Stormtrooper

My god this was my EVEREST.  I started this in either October or November last year, and it took me this long to finish it.  It's pretty huge (I'll need at least an 8x10" frame for it), but it even went to the premiere of SW: The Last Jedi with me, where I stitched on it in line to get in.  It's just waiting a press, and to be stretched, and then I'll sort out framing it.  It's for the husband, but he's seen it lots Smiley




Challenge: Floo - Panem - hometown industry
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Chickadee Hoop

My hometown is in northern Ontario, and the industry there is forestry - softwood pulp and paper.  The chickadees love to sing in the pine and spruce trees, and we all love them.  They are very brave little birds, and will hop right up onto any bird feeder you put up.  I made this hoop for my mom for her birthday, since we both love chickadees.  Picture is above beside Dad's hoop.  Pattern is from Cross Stitch Gold magazine, just a small section of a large piece called "Fence Friends".  Branch was freehanded.
(Note to Mistress Jennie & Noodle-bug: Picture of Chickadee hoop is above, beside the Fishing Lures hoop.)


Challenge: Headmistress - April - from stash
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Wee Bee

I made this tiny bee fridge magnet for my Grandma for her birthday.  She lives in an assisted living home, so it's very tiny and with no room on the walls.  I'd already made the heart magnet for my daughter in February by stitching 1x1 on 28 ct. evenweave, but I thought I'd try 1x1 on 36 ct. evenweave instead!  This let me make a more complex design since I had more "Space" to work with.  The bee is from Cross Stitcher magazine. Thread is a mix of my stash and my Grandma's, which she gave me on my last visit home because she can't stitch any more  Cry, fabric is a hand dyed sample from stash, and so is the vintage covered button kit.




Class: Potions - moving parts
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Pin the Horn on the Unicorn

I'm not entirely sure if this will qualify as having moving parts, though the horns certainly moved around a lot during the game!

My daughter had a unicorn themed birthday and I wanted a couple planned activities.  So we made glittery pink slime (not pictured) and played Pin the Horn on the Unicorn!

I looked up some images of unicorn faces on Pinterest, and this design is really popular.  I sketched out the eyes on paper, then traced onto shimmery black scrapbook paper and cut them out.  I then cut out 12 horns from holographic paper, and we decorated the forehead area with flowers leftover from making the unicorn headbands.




Class: SoAR - Turn
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Unicorn party favours

As stated above, we had a unicorn birthday party, my daughter's first birthday party with friends she invited herself (instead of just our friends and their kids).  Budget is TIGHT, so I got the brilliant idea to make unicorn headbands for all the little girls.  Then my 4 yo son wanted one, but not with flowers, so we decided on Spiderman Unicorn instead.  Anyway.  These involved a lot of turning, because the horn is made by gluing a felt cone together inside out, then flipping it over, stuffing it, and winding a heavy sewing thread around it (turning all the while) to make the spiral.

Headbands made with felt horns, felt ears, and dollar store flowers.  I don't have a picture of either of my kids alone in them because I got seriously distracted, and I don't want to share pictures of the other girls without permission.  So you get me. Tongue






Aaand finally a few more pictures.  First, the solar system charms came in and are stitched on!



Finally, March's temperatures are stitched in.  It was BLOODY COLD for March (lousy Smarch weather!) though I was tickled that the "maximum" temperatures largely fell within the green spectrum, what with St. Patrick's Day and all. We also had a big blizzard in the first few days (that first yellow day) where we got I think it was 27 cm of snow.  The first few weeks of April were nasty too.  I'll share once I'm finished!

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! on: March 20, 2018 01:03:57 PM
Oooh ty so much! I really enjoyed making it. I knew the instant I saw it in the magazine I was going to stitch it, I just had to source black Aida somewhere since I don't have a local needlework store (and I'm Canadian, so not local means I don't have one closer than at least a 4 hour drive or across the border to the US - I would happily road trip at least as far as either but can't cross the border until my health is stable enough to get travel insurance).
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! on: March 16, 2018 12:20:36 PM
New Owl Proposal!

OWL: SoAR - uses a complicated chart
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Passport to Adventure!
Brief Description:

I will be making Frosted Pumpkin's The Pumpkin Passport cross-stitch, which most definitely has a large and complicated chart!  It was a originally a year-long SAL.  I've already got a big piece of hand-dyed evenweave, that was dyed just for me in the colour of the sky with some whispy light and white patches to emulate clouds. The threads are all bobbinated (as seen in my CoMC class above).  Now I can start gridding, using threads only because the hand-dyed fabric is sensitive to too much water.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! on: March 16, 2018 12:13:44 PM
Hello again lovely ladies!

I'm sorry I've been absent.  My body decided to SMASH ALL THE THINGS and stopped working around Feb 1st.  Rusty joints are not conducive to crafting at any appreciable rate!  But I have great doctors, and we tried some different things, and hopefully the better drugs are here to stay (please warn me if my projects start to look.....psychedelic....ok?  Cheesy)

I have rather a project dump to lay down, so lets get at 'er!

Class/Challenge:  Alchemy - with single pure material
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: 'inja Turtles

So my son turned 4 (WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN, HE WAS BORN 2 YEARS AFTER WE STARTED HPC) and he loves who he calls the 'inja Turtles.  No we don't correct that on purpose because it's so dang cute.  I hated every second of this cross stitch because I feel so terrible through it, and had to drag through every stitch, besides which all that green and largely shades I don't like!  It's dang cute though, and he's going to get it hopefully tomorrow (his birthday was a week ago) at the big family bash, likely in a lime green hoop.  Oh and it's 100% cotton, thread and aida, as long as we don't count the fabric starch 100% aida comes dipped in.





Class/Challenge: Apparition - grab at last minute
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cross stitch pendant

When I ordered some needle minders from a Canadian mom, she sent me this empty wooden cross stitch pendant as a surprise!  I promise it took me over an hour to make it, because first I researched patterns, then I drew a bunch on grid paper, then ripped apart my floss boxes coming up with different colour combos before finally settling on this one.  It's something I can grab easily going out the door, as I can wear it as a pendant, or toss it on my purse as a purse toggle!




Class/Challenge: Arithmancy - new or out of comfort zone
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Tiny Valentine's SAL

The same person (Armada Designs) who did the Tiny Christmas SAL I did last term made a tiny Valentine's one, which although wasn't free was a minimal charge and all profit went to charity!  I decided to stitch this on evenweave, which is both new to me and out of my comfort zone.  I now LOVE evenweave, though I like aida for lots of things too, and it is much easier for me to use than evenweave is when my hands are sore or dodgy.

I swapped out a few things.  The cupcakes were originally one large one, and the XOXO was Sweethearts (the candy).  Oh and I tweaked the rosebud in vase to be more like a bud.  The original looked more like a candle to me, and i lengthened the glasses so they looked more like champagne flutes.




Class/Challenge: CoMC - to use for future crafting
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Bobbinating!

Well as is totally obvious by now, cross-stitch is my most reliable craft.  Doesn't require the grip or (surprisngly!) dexterity of most crochet or knitting.  So with so many projects on the horizons, already kitted up, I had to wind allllll those skeins on bobbins.  It takes about 3 minutes per bobbin, slowing to 5 after doing about 5.  These are the skeins to make the next NEWT (or is it OWL?) I'm about to start.  Details in next post once I put down my submission!  But here they are on the evenweave, before and after bobbinating.  That's my own word btw.  I just like saying it.  Bobbinating.  Bobbinating.  Bobbinating.







Class/Challenge: Flying - lifts spirits
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Unicorn cross-stitch

So my kid's birthdays are 2 weeks apart (and daughter was a wee baby during the very first HPC term, so she's 6 HOLY HANNAH).  After making the 'inja turtles, I had to make her a Unicorn one which will match her birthday party theme. 

Making this was a total joy, it definitely lifted my spirits!  It's so pretty, and happy, and I love the metallic horn and "Shine".  I'm using "Shine" here as a verb, meaning you should always shine.  Be proud, and brave and kind.  Let who you are shine through.  Pattern for unicorn and fonts found separately for free.  This will hopefully be framed in a pink hoopla.




Class/Challenge: Herbology - something red
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pepper-up Potion kit

So jenleahlynn won a prize from me last semester, and I kitted up a cross-stitch for her!  The thread is largely red, and because I had to draw the graph by hand (3 times, because the first was drawn in Excel but I couldn't get the angles right, then twice by hand after a screw up) it definitely hit the required time limit.

I'm sorry you don't have it yet Jen, it will be mailing out to you as soon as pay day strikes at the end of the month!




Class/Challenge: HoM - Gratitude
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: a thank-you flamingo

My MIL has been really amazing help, taking me out once a week for groceries, or doctors appointments, or just to get me out of the house, because I can't go out on my own!  She loves flamingos, and I think this is just perfect.  Pattern is modified from a free Anchor one, palm fronds free-handed.





Class/Challenge: Transfiguration - difficult
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Tiny heart pin/needle minder

When making the Tiny Valentine SAL, my daughter expressed how much she liked the centrepiece heart.  I decided to make a tiny heart on scrap evenweave, and used a covered button kit and two rare earth magnets to make it a safe decorative pin (only safe if your kids don't put things in their mouths of course) or needle minder.

It's difficult because to make it so tiny I stitched it 1/1 on 28 count evenweave, instead of 2/2.  This makes it very small and fine!





Finally:

Class: OWL - Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Name: The Solar System

I finished my Solar System!  Well technically, it still needs 9 silver star charms, but those are coming from China, and it could be months before they get there.  Since stitching them on will take all of 5 minutes, I have permission from the headmistresses to call this complete!

It was a lot of fun to make, and although it uses metallic thread it wasn't too much of a pain because it was Kreinik braid, which tends to shred and split less than some others.  The beading was really simple, because I made a homemade bead nabber.  I glued a little piece of the hook side of velcro to a thimble.  You press the velcro into a little pile of seed beads, and the velcro holds the beads fairly securely. Then you have a bunch right at the tips of your fingers!

There were a few amusing moments, like when the partially finished Jupiter looked suspiciously like a death star



 and some non-amusing ones when I realised I did a few things off vertically by one stitch.  Thankfully there's enough blank space I just left them, and adjusted a couple things around them accordingly.

I'm unsure if it's going to be a wall hanging, or framed in a shadow box.  We shall see!

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