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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upsizing Recons on: July 12, 2018 04:54:52 PM
I have a lot of shirts that don't quite fit, that were bought for souveniers, or given to me as presents. They mean too much to donate, but I can't actually wear them. So I decided to figure out how to make my perfectly drafted raglan shirt pattern work with them.

Attempt One: I decided to go easy on myself for my first try. I used an old shirt of my mom's, something I'd be happy to wear if it worked, but not upset if I wrecked it. I had a hell of a time folding the shirt exactly in half to fit the pattern.

You can't really see it in the pic, but I used red fabric for the back.

Attempt Two: I love Clockwork Orange, I have a large collection of artwork of it. When I was in London a few years ago, first at a convention and then with a close fandom friend's house, we wound up at Camden Market, and I saw a CO shirt. I had to get it, even though it was only a 1xl.

For this one, to make life easier I made pattern pieces that were full sized instead of 'place on fold'. I used the back of the shirt to add stripes to the front, for width. The seams aren't very noticeable.

Attempt Three: The Fringe Festival is the most important event of my year. Well, that and Christmas. Every year they make a new shirt based on the year's advertising theme, but I've never bought one before, figuring that if I buy one, I'll want to buy one every year, and that's not feasible. But in 2017 they were selling all previous years left over stock for 5 bucks, and they happened to have one of my favourite campaign, the "we like to watch" campaign. I figure it's applicable to any year I attend from now til the day I die.  Grin

Thing is, the only size they had left was small. Not only was it MUCH too small widthwise, it was also too short for my pattern. So for this one I made many patchwork pieces.

I'm definitely going to keep on reconning, I have at least five or six more shirts that are too small.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bean Bags on: June 30, 2018 08:30:42 AM
I started working at a new daycare about a month ago, and I noticed they didn't have a lot of throwing equipment. So I made some bean bags. I made a cotton square, filled it with corn kernels, then made a canvas square to jam the cotton square into. I'm hoping that with the double layers, they'll last a little longer.

I've made seven, and I've already used them a few times. It's gone pretty well  Smiley
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 4 Swap Hoops (and a bonus) on: May 20, 2018 10:15:13 PM
I've semi-recently started getting into making embroidery hoops for swaps. Nothing too complicated yet, I pretty much only know one stitch, but I like how things have turned out so far.

Stranger Things hoop:

Feminism & Diversity hoop:

Woodland hoop:

Box of Colour hoop:

and finally, a hoop I made for Thimbles71 because I love swapping with her, and am excited she's healthy again:
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / LGBT+ swap on: May 20, 2018 10:16:12 AM
late with communication

gala_apples - PhoenixWolf
cmarion3 - fatewineroses
LadybugsAndBumblebees - craftylittlemonkey
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Sagittarius shirt on: May 11, 2018 09:04:53 PM
In the recent Astrology swap, I made my partner a Sagittarius shirt. I printed off the design, then cut it into recycled plastic, and then stencilled it a dozen times. I think it came out quite nice.

6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / LGBT+ swap SU 5/2-5/8; sendouts May 25 on: May 02, 2018 12:26:28 PM

Swap name: LGBT+ swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: gala_apples
Sign-up date range: May 2-May 8
Date to send item by: May 25

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO no

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:
In most countries, June is National Pride Month. If you'd like to inject a little pride swagger into your step, you've come to the right place. Despite the shortened acronym LGBT+, this swap is open to anyone; genderqueer, intersex, ace or arospec all fit in, as do allies.

This swap will NOT be running on the points system. Instead I'll be asking if you want to make a smaller or larger package, and you'll have to discuss with your partner what that boils down to. The turn around on this swap is moderately tight, about two and a half weeks. Please be honest with yourself in how much you can get done in that period.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of 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)

Would you like to swap a smaller or larger package?
Do you have any allergies/ethical concerns?
Does your house have any allergens/ethical concerns?
What kinds of items might you want?
Any items you'd prefer to not get?
What crafting skills do you have?
What queer identities would you like represented?
Are there any important links to share with your partner (pinterest fits here, but also quotes or lyrics or videos that speak to you)?


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

gala_apples - PhoenixWolf
cmarion3 - fatewineroses
LadybugsAndBumblebees - craftylittlemonkey
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / LGBT+ swap on: April 28, 2018 11:01:21 PM
June is pride month. Anyone want to join me in showing off some crafted pride? I'm open to ideas about the size of the swap, but we'd need to have a quick turn around for everyone to get their things for June, so maybe a One Tiny Thing format is best? On the other hand, what if someone wants to make or get a shirt or something. I don't know. I'm happy to organise it though.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A Rainbow of cards on: April 16, 2018 11:30:21 AM
I made a big batch of cards for my partner in the rainbow swap  Smiley

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Astrology Swap Gallery on: April 02, 2018 01:41:46 PM
Swap signup link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454428.0

sent and received
sending late with communication

gala_apples 4.06 <> dfabbric
bugaboo1 <> kittykill
craftADDchick 4.16<>IsikkahJai(isikkah has recieved)
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Doki Doki Literature Club on: March 27, 2018 10:05:16 PM
So me and my girlfriend love the video game Doki Doki Literature Club, and the way it's first a tacky dating sim game, then a dark grim-realism game, then a futuristic sci-fi game. And then, to top it all off, it's got a ton of hidden clues to a super dark horror sub-game that you have to really focus on to find and develop a theory on. We love ARGs, so DDLC is the best of all worlds.

Without getting too spoilery, one of the main characters is Monika, and she drives a lot of the plot. So when it came to be my gf's birthday, I knew I HAD to make her a DDLC shirt.

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