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41  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: October 18, 2016 04:10:28 PM
Prompt:  September- Chemistry
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: WIP It!
Project Name: Phases of the Moon Models
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Last year, after teaching my unit on the phases of the moon, I decided to make some better models for my students to use. So, I bought some ping pong balls (better than the styrofoam ones I had been using), carefully taped off half of each one, and hit them with black spray paint. When I removed the tape, spray paint had seeped under the tape, leaving black drips on the white side of the ping pong ball. Since I had a whole year to fix it, I tucked them in a box and shoved it on the top of a shelf. When I realized that my upcoming lesson would need them, I pulled them off of the shelf and then dug out some white acrylic paint, and hand painted the white side of each one. Not as smooth as the spray paint, but I didn't have any drips! Then, for the individual models, I used an adhesive dot to stick each one to a long golf tee, and used adhesive dots to stick them to the poster board. The adhesive dots don't work well on the sytrofoam (which is why I switched to ping pong balls), so the sun keeps falling off of the poster board. I'll have to find something better for the sun for next year!

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42  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: October 16, 2016 03:45:35 PM
Prompt: September- Cosmology (spiral galaxies)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: WIP It!
Project Name: More Rope Coil Bowls
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448185.0
Brief Description: After I made my first rope coil bowl using some reclaimed sari fabric, I still had rope and sari fabric left (and, I still have more of each...). These bowls are made by wrapping fabric in a spiral around the rope, and then coiling the rope in a spiral and zig-zagging the coils together. The pink bowl came home with me, but the blue bowl stayed with my friend.

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Prompt:  October- Statistics
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Brain Power, WIP It!
Project Name: Bias Cut Skirts
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I wanted to make some simple drawstring skirts over the summer, but it was just too hot to clear off the big table I needed for cutting the fabric. When I had a craft weekend last weekend, I was able to use the top of my friend's ping-pong table as a nice, large cutting area. When I was trying to find a pattern, I kept running across the same image, and it took some doing to find the actual source. It's from the book Sewing Made Simple by Tessa Evelegh, and I was hesitant to buy it for just the skirt. After a search of the local library system, I was able to find it, but not my library card, so I couldn't have it delivered via inter-library loan. Instead, I took a short road trip to the library about 30 minutes away, and made a copy of the pattern (and snapped pics of the directions) because I couldn't check the book out. Then, I had to get the pattern enlarged, but the gal at the copy shop just couldn't seem to do it (I left with 2 enlarged versions, but one turned out to be too big, and the other was slightly small). I finally had time to do it myself at work, and used the large tables in my classroom to tape the pieces of the pattern together. Then, after my friend's dog chewed on the rolled up pattern (and of course he chewed the properly-sized pattern), I had to repair it. Finally, I was able to get started! I modified the pattern because the decorative trim for all of the skirts would have been crazy expensive (I did manage to find a clearance bolt of green trim at Hobby Lobby, so I used it for one skirt). The pattern originally called for trim at the hem, to conceal the turned up raw edge, and the waistline, to create the drawstring casing. For 2 of the skirts, I used a knit fabric, and learned how to add a yoga band for the waistband, using coordinating jersey knit fabric. For the hems, I zig-zagged them, stretching the fabric as I went so they have a little bit of ruffle along the hemline. For the 3rd skirt, I used the trim for the hem, according to the pattern, but added a band for the drawstring casing at the waist. Each skirt took about an hour to make, including the cutting of the fabric. I think that if I can get some more of the knit fabric, I might try adding pockets in the side seams. Because it was cut on the bias, it used a lot of fabric, and I have a lot of scrap material left. I have to figure out what I can make from it!

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43  Re: Sari Fabric Rope Coil Bowl in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: October 16, 2016 03:21:48 PM
I made 2 more bowls last weekend, and I still have a little more rope and some sari fabric (from the original skein, plus a whole skein), so I'll be making even more. Smiley

I made the pink one first, and used a contrasting thread on the outside. Then, I made the blue one for my friend.







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44  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: October 11, 2016 04:12:08 PM
This past weekend, I had a "craft weekend" up in NH, and on Sunday, I spent the day prepping my EPP Hexie fabrics. Between the fabrics I had gotten from my mom, some from the stash of one of my friends, the fabrics I received in this swap, plus one of each that I sent, added to some more from the stash of another friend, I now have just over 475 hexies ready for basting!

I bundled them up in sets of 25, along with paper templates, and put together a little travel tin (scissors, thread, seam ripper, hexie needle book, clips) that is the perfect size for a bundle of hexies. The Wonder Clips and thread bobbins take up a lot of space, so I'll probably swap the Wonder Clips for paper clips, and wind the thread around a much flatter embroidery floss bobbin. AT only 3" X 5", and less than 1/2" thick, it's the perfect size for my purse! And, because I can easily carry it everywhere, I can baste a hexie or two any time I have some time to kill Smiley

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45  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: October 11, 2016 04:02:37 PM
Prompt: September- Physics
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: EPP Hexie Travel Tin
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: English Paper Piecing (EPP) is a fantastic travel craft, especially since it can be easily put down without fear of losing your place (such as in crochet). I have a zipper pouch that is designated for my EPP supplies (not all of them, just enough to work on a project) but, as portable as it is, it was a little bit too big to fit into my purse. So, I picked up a gift card tin at the craft store (I was originally going to decoupage some hexies onto the top, but I liked the saying on the lid, and they didn't have any plain ones). It's about 3" X 5" and I've packed it with the following:
A bundle of 25 fabric hexagons
A set of 25 pre-cut paper templates
A pair of scissors
A seam ripper
Some bobbins with thread
Some Clover Wonder Clips
A needle book

I made the needle book using two hexies that I first stitched together, and then I stitched some felt to the inside (it actually took me almost an hour to make!). I didn't fuss with a closure of any type, because I figured the tin was packed tightly enough that it would stay closed. I may swap out the bobbins of thread for an embroidery floss bobbin, wrapped with the same thread, because it would take up less space. And, I might swap out the Wonder Clips for paper clips before I actually take it on the road. If I drop a paper clip while I'm sitting in an airplane, it would be no great loss. Wonder Clips are a bit more precious!

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In the photo, stacked next to the tin, are the bundles of fabric hexagons and the paper templates (each bag holds a set of 25, and the bag fits perfectly in the tin). I spent almost all day Sunday trimming squares of fabric (from the recent EPP Hexie Fabric Swap) into hexagon shapes, and then was able to raid the scrap stash of one of my friends to bring my total number of ready-to-baste hexagons to about 475! That's just over half of the total I think I need for a good-sized quilt, and none of the fabrics are duplicates. This is definitely a long term project!

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46  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: September 25, 2016 10:23:18 AM
That ghost fabric is excellent, as is the skull fabric! I am itching to hit the fabric store to check out the Halloween selections...

And, sloth003 receives from me but added everything to her stash before she took a picture, so I'm posting the one I have Smiley



Pre-cut hexies, stitched hexies, and fabric! I also sent some templates.

This was such a fun swap! I loved getting and seeing all of the fantastic fabrics! Thanks for being such a great group of swappers!
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47  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: September 20, 2016 03:29:32 PM
Prompt:  September- Theoretical
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Round Ripple Baby Blanket
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This blanket reminded me of a wormhole- a theoretical passage from one part of the universe to another. I made it for a baby shower at work tomorrow, and I only found out about it 2 weeks ago. I am not a fast crocheter, and this took me 3 weekend days of sitting on the sofa. I used yarn from my stash, and would have made it a little bigger (it's just about 39" across), but I ran out of yarn. I have enough to make a hat to match, but don't have time to make it by tomorrow
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Please excuse the terrible photo. I brought it in to work today, and realized as I was leaving that I needed a photo. The black paper is to keep it from getting dirty from the floor.

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48  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: September 09, 2016 04:12:07 PM
Here are my lovely fabrics from sloth003! I have a few favorites, most definitely!



Thanks for resending! And, at least your original batch didn't end up on the floor of a postal processing center Smiley
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49  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 31, 2016 06:56:01 PM
Well, I didn't get the August Battle finished, but I've got 3 projects to post!

Prompt:  July- Route 66
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: WIP It!
Project Name: Little Lunch Bag Trio
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Several years ago, I offered to make lunch bags for a friend. She gave me some color combos (neon colors- orange/yellow, brown/lt. blue, green/aqua) and I bought the fabric, cut the fabric, and sewed the fabric. Then I realized that I had made some sort of mistake (in triplicate) which caused them to be a bit small, and pop open on the sides. I finally figured out how to fix the popping open part (I unstitched a section of the edge and put in some ribbon ties to pull the sides inward). I topstitched them, stitched on the buttons, and decided to add handles. The project has taken about 5 years! Hopefully, my friend still likes the colors!

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Prompt: August- Football/Soccer
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Community
Project Name: Forest Sprite Ninni
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450075.0
Brief Description: I made this for the Summer Ninni Swap, and when I went shopping for supplies, there was one thing I couldnt find: little eggs. I was visiting a friend and she not only gave me a package of little plastic eggs (perfect size!), she also gave me some brown elastic to use for the masks.

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Prompt:  Big Time
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Community
Project Name: Embroidered Fall Tree TM Patch
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450076.0
Brief Description: This patch took me several hours to stitch. Each color set of leaves took me at least an hour, and the trunk took about two hours. Then, I had to turn it into a patch, which always takes me longer than I expect. All in all, Id say I spent between 8 and 10 hours on this!

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50  Embroidered Fall Tree TM Patch in Needlework: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: August 31, 2016 06:49:19 PM
For the latest round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap, I stitched up a fall tree based off of an image my partner had on Pinterest. I was able to trace the tree, and after spending quite a bit of time trying to match the colors in the original, I started stitching. Since it was going to be turned into a patch, I worked on the smallish side (small for me, at least). I used a 4" hoop.







It took me much longer than I expected, but I love how the tree came out, and it was very hard to turn it into a patch and mail it off to my partner!
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