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31  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 121 ENTRIES / Handmaid's tale bonnet on: November 07, 2017 09:37:49 AM
Not so fancy but how could I resist posting with all the rest of you this year?

Made for my sister.

A couple more pics here:
32  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Pumpkins for 2017 on: November 07, 2017 09:36:11 AM
We had a family pumpkin carving day, it was super fun!

33  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spider babies, aaaahhh!!!! on: November 07, 2017 06:18:04 AM
Made for the weekend Halloween swap.
Inspired entirely by the work of AJ Pritchett.

The first layer was started with little rice grain stitches.

Sewing thread for the legs.

The top layer is organic hemp that's been in my stash for no less than 20 years.

The egg sack is sparkly ribbon with more sparkly ribbon in a darker shade scrunched up in a ball underneath.

34  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Quik&EZ kid&me happy mail/holiday swap? on: November 05, 2017 02:30:31 PM

My kids have been watching me make endless holiday ornaments for swapping and they are both so keen to send and receive some mail of their own. I don't think we can do a straight kid swap here but maybe if parents help their young people to make some fun things for other kids and the grown ups send a nice holiday letter with, let's say, a favourite recipe or a little chocolate or something else that is as easy and fast to put together just to make it all according to the rules.
Anybody else interested? I would be willing to organize. I have two 10 year olds who would be thrilled to be partnered with kids of any other age, they have lots of much younger buddies and an older brother so they are appreciative of every level of skill and imagination.

Alternately or additionally, if there are adults without enough kids to craft for in their lives who need some fun creations for their tree or fridge or whatever, they could absolutely be paired up together as well.
35  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Halloween items on: October 29, 2017 07:20:16 AM
I've been working on a tiny crocheted skull and have a few versions floating around. I thought I'd make a little seasonal decoration with some of them, this guy has front post stitches for teeth which I think worked out pretty cool looking.

Here he is with some friends.

And a banner for our house too, there are 3 sets of these guys in a row.

And here's a bouncy dangly spider cat toy for friends of ours. It's got a jingle and some catnip inside.
36  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A Handmaid's Tale bonnet on: October 29, 2017 07:15:19 AM
Last minute request from my sister. My daughter is modelling it so it may look a little more Holly Hobby on her than Offred

In an effort to be true to the pattern used for the TV show I've pleated the back, not really visible on my small girl but trust me, you can see it when a grown up wears it.

The brim is attached with vecro so it can be removed revealing the inner cap with that little folded corner detail.

I made a tidier version of this brim tutorial:

And a combo of this cap tutorial:

and this one:
37  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / More stitches on felt: adult merit badges & twinchies on: October 18, 2017 07:24:55 AM
These were so fun to make. The swap master is in their 60-somethingth swap, woo hoo! And the bakery queen is a multi-tasking wonder.

Twinchies in order are HP, crafting, hurricane survival, and Gozer's cat Peggy (she has an eye injury that I tried very hard to capture, I hope I got her wee face right Smiley ).

38  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stitches on felt: twinchies & adult merit badges on: September 22, 2017 06:49:00 PM
For Ludi, crocheted from embroidery floss which was a first for me. Not as tricky as I thought but I did have to wear my new reading glasses and sit near a sunny window, ha ha.

Kittykill's recently departed Jujube. The best photo I could find of her was in a clown costume, how perfect. A LOT of stitching went into this tiny little thing, wow.

For curiousfae heart with wings, a wee fishy, frog prince with golden crown and interactive rainbow.

For a Thor lovin' dfabbric...who also likes sloths
39  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Junker Jane kitty and friend on: September 22, 2017 06:24:43 PM
I've never made a doll like this before, it's a bit messier than my tidiness usually allows. I enjoyed the challenge of putting something together that looked raggedy and asymmetrical, it was a good exercise in letting go.
For Ludi who is always a pleasure to craft for Smiley.

I tried tea staining for the first ever time, here is what I started out with. Some linen, vintage curtains, a piece of heavy old fabric with iron on embroidery pattern, lots of bits from swaps with other craftsterers.

Here it is all dirtied up. I'm not sure I quite got it right, the tea on it's own didn't seem to be staining things that much. I added in some green tea bags, mint leaves, sprigs of thyme and eventually a sprinkle of turmeric and some brown and gray acrylic paint. It made the kitchen smell very interesting, lol, and eventually did change the fabric just enough.

Here Miss Kitty is with her wee little witch friend (or fiend, whatever Wink ).

She is pretty small but still with some neat-o details like her hairy chin wart and pumpkin with leaf and curly vines. Her cloak is made of the same velvet as kitty's head and they both have loops on their backs so they can be hung up.

I sent them off in these fun fabric pouches, they are both lined with equally interesting fabric (also from swaps here!) and have black and white skull bead zipper pulls made of bone, oooh spooky!

40  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Can you help ID the stitches in this beautiful rug? on: September 01, 2017 10:39:38 AM
The following link is to a long video tour of a very funky gypsy caravan (but quite nice if you care to watch it all), at 11:27 there's a shot of a lovely rug on the floor that looks like crochet but I can't be sure. If you take a look please let me know what you think, I would like to recreate it if I can.

Also, apologies for the cultural insensitivity of using the term "gypsy", I hope not to inadvertently offend anyone. I would not choose that myself but it's what they have titled the video.
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