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301   / JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Featured Projects Archive on: January 30, 2010 01:34:55 AM
2008 Featured Projects--General

2008 Featured Projects--Beading

Quarter 3, 2009 Featured Projects

Quarter 4, 2009 Featured Projects

Quarter 1, 2010 Featured Projects

Quarter 2, 2010 Featured Projects

Quarter 3, 2010 Featured Projects

Quarter 4, 2010 Featured Projects

2011 - Quarter 1 Featured Projects

Featured Projects - 2nd Quarter 2011

2013 Featured Projects for Jewelry and Trinkets

Jewelry & Trinkets Featured Projects - Summer 2014

Featured Jewelry Projects - First Half of 2016

Featured Jewelry Projects - Second Half of 2016
302   / JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Featured Member Archive on: January 29, 2010 11:17:28 PM
October 2009--Onyxnox

November 2009--CohesiveChaos

January/February 2010--Feast Your Eyes
303  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Jan/Feb J&T Featured Member~Feast Your Eyes! on: January 28, 2010 11:56:04 PM
The next Jewelry and Trinkets Featured member is ~Feast Your Eyes! Medley has been a member of Craftster since 2007 and is a frequent poster on the various Jewelry and Trinket boards. Not only does she make fabulous jewelry, but she does many other crafts and is a great swap partner!

These are a few of my favorite projects of Medleys:

Jewelry inspired by Princess Bride:

Some of her fabulous bead work!

Traditional Native America Beaded Hat Band


Beer and Peanuts Cupcakes

A few words from Medley:

I am educated as an architect, but am not currently using my degree. I feel I am a born designer, though, and enjoy design at all scales, from something small and wearable (jewelry), to large (buildings), to digital (websites) and everything between; the same principles always apply. My other passion is animal welfare. I have 2 dogs I adopted from shelters, and live with my mom and her 2 pets, a foundling cat, and a dog someone wanted to re-home. I am currently fostering a dog that was formerly used in a research lab. I volunteer for an animal rescue and try to educate about spay/neuter, puppy mills, and other issues affecting companion animals.

Q: Why (and when) did you begin making Jewelry?

A: I started in middle school with bead weaving on a small wire loom, mostly because I was fascinated by Native American culture & arts & crafts. I got a couple of Beads to Buckskin books and some others about Native American crafts and taught myself bead weaving, brick stitch, appliqu, leather work, and even tried my hand at quill work. Then in high school, I took a class taught by Susan Thomas (who later authored Link It! Colorful Chain Mail Jewelry) and Rain from the local bead store and learned to make peyote stitch amulets. That really launched me into more modern & artistic beadwork. It was actually later that I began to enjoy the creative exercise and instant gratification of simple stringing and wire wrapping. I am in the process of learning more complicated wire wrapping now.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with? Favorite tools?

A: For seed bead work, I really like Fireline. You can get it in the sporting goods stores, but bead stores are carrying it now, too. For wire work, I love German Silver wire. It has the strength and shine of sterling, but costs a lot less. My favorite tools are my beat up chain nose and round nose pliers and wire cutters.

Q: Besides some lovely pendants that Ive drooled over, what other kinds of jewelry/trinkets do you make?

A: I have done lots of bead woven pieces. I enjoy right-angle weave and spiral stitch a lot, and have made some very successful pieces with them. I also like to make charm bracelets, earrings, and necklaces incorporating beads, charms, and chain.

Q: How did your first jewelry making project go for you?

A: It was a success at the time, but when I made others I, of course, saw lots of things I could have done better. It was a bracelet made with size 8 or 9 transparent green, purple, silver, and hematite seed beads and a diamond/chevron pattern. It had leather ties.

Q: Do you have any Crafster Crushes on other jewelry makers on the board? Who are they?

A: Acidtrix inspired me to try some asymmetrical necklace styles. I really loved the pinup pendants by a Craftster formerly known as miserylovesme , now UntamedMenagerie I wish I could do chain mail like hawkwolf. Beadsbeadingbeaded does some really nice work, too!

Q: Do you have any favorite techniques?

A: No, I have craft ADD. I like to jump back and forth.

Q: Are there any kinds of jewelry or techniques that you want to learn?

A: Yes! Lots! PMC, metal smithing, soldering, more chain mail (I know a little), more wire wrapping, glass fusing...

Q: Where do you get inspiration for your projects?

A: Either from the recipient (I do a lot of custom work, swaps, and make jewelry as gifts) or from the beads themselves. I can sit for hours with my bead boxes, sorting and grouping beads into combinations I think would look good.

Q: What other crafts do you do?

A: Sewing clothing and household items, quilting, painting objects (as opposed to canvases), decoupage, interior decorating, cooking, the list goes on... I love DIY and will try just about any craft.

Q: What is your favorite J &T project on Craftster that you posted?

A:  I really loved the colors (greens, browns, coppers, black), the Kazuri beads are really beautiful and unique, and the spiral stitch and right angle weave (which I used for the circle) are fun to do. I love to watch the piece take shape.


Q: What is your favorite J&T project on Craftster that someone else has posted?

A:  Tough choice. It could be different on any given day. Today I picked this one because (a) it looks like something I'd actually wear, and (b) I find it impressive that Cayca figured out how to make it from looking at a picture.

Mistress of the Night by Cayca


Q: What is your favorite non-J&T project on Craftster that you have posted?  

A: My current craft infatuation is quilting, so I'm going to choose my first Mini Art Quilt. It was just one of those projects that appeared in my mind fully completed. The challenge was figuring out how to make it come out like I envisioned, and I think I came pretty close.

Doomsday Book Mini Art Quilt

[since I am the proud owner of this lovely quilt, its one of my faves too! MareMare]

Q: What is your favorite non-J&T project on Craftster that someone else has posted?  

A: Because I want it. It's well made, and I love rockabilly style.

So Very Cherry by Psycho Sue


Thanks so much for sharing with us Medley!

If you have a recommendation for a Featured Member, please send a pm my way!
304  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Quilt Block Swap--mid-march-ish? Now Open! on: January 28, 2010 04:52:31 PM
Now Open:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337939.0

Hey all, anybody want to a quilting block swap in a bit? I did the Lap Quilt swap before and while it was fun, it was pretty insane on shipping and time. I'm thinking for this, more of everyone just having a color pallette or some kind of theme and having their partners make squares for them from their own stash (no sending out of your own fabric). If we want it to be more matching/pulled together looking (I'm grasping for words today, people!) maybe we could pick a certain block or blocks for everyone to do. Or not. I was thinking we could have a few people in a group, maybe 5, and you would send two blocks to each person, with the option to be in multiple groups if you chose. So if you did 1 group you would be sending 8 blocks to 4 people. That way we would still get a decent number of blocks, but not go too crazy on shipping. Sound ok? Suggestions/comments? Maybe 12 1/2 or 10 1/2 inch blocks?

Update on what has been decided so far:

Everyone chooses their block or blocks that they would like made for them. It could be a specific block with an online link to the pattern or a general type (ie, stars). Keep in mind that people of different skill levels are involved, please don't pick a super advanced block unless you also pick an easier block to go with it.

You also choose your color pallette.

People will be in groups of 5, with the option to be in multiple groups if they have good feedback on their profile. Newbies are not allowed in this swap because there are multiple sendouts. You will send three squares to each of the 4 other people in your group. It should be around $3 per envelope with delivery confirmation within the US. International swappers are welcome

Tentative Dates:

Sign-ups Feb 17-March 3
Sendouts April 12

305  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Jewelry Challenge1--We have winners! on: January 20, 2010 03:26:30 AM

Go check it out! (and the cool prize!)


306  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Jewelry Challenge 1--Colors of the Sea! More Prizes Added! on: January 20, 2010 01:59:17 AM
It's finally time for our first challenge! Thanks everyone who came up with theme ideas and who voted for the theme. Our winner was--colors of the sea. Interpret that as you will, be as wild and creative as you want, but somehow use COLOR! Blues, greens, grays, maybe white like the waves? I can't wait to see what everyone creates!

Jewelry Challenge 1--Colors of the Sea!

January 20-February 10

Posting your project February 3-February 10, 9 pm Pacific

Voting: February 11-Feb 18, 2:30 am pacific

GO here to vote!

Winner Announced February 18

Prize for First Place: A beautiful vintage kimono handbag created by our own sewing mod, alwaysinmyroom!

It is about 14 inches high and 14 inches tall.  The handles can be hand carried or put over the shoulder.

It is made of 7 different pieces of vintage kimono fabric and 1 piece of Burmese silk.  The top part is black cotten velveteen. The kimono fabric is lightly quilted onto batting and then interfaced and lined in black. There is a pocket about 8x6 inches.

There is a magnetic closure in gold to match the gold in the bamboo handles.

Since we had so many awesome entries we are also going to award prizes for second and third place!

Prize for Second and Third Place:

Handmade soap and bath/body goodies Cheesy

The Rules:

-Each participant may enter one project, it may be a set or a single piece.

-It can be any style or made out of any material as long as it fits the theme (sea colors)

-It has to be a current piece. It can not be something that you have already made and posted.

-Post your craft during the period of Feb 3-Feb 10.  No sooner. No later.

-Voting will happen from Feb 11-Feb 17

-On Feb 18 a winner will be announced

At the end, I will set up a poll and the winner will be announced

Please DO NOT post your completed project on this thread, start a new thread in this folder.

Good Luck!
307  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Post your CRAFTY Tattoos! on: January 15, 2010 12:44:55 PM
Do you have an awesome crafty tattoo? Maybe it features a sewing machine or an embroidery needle? Post them here and yours just might be the next tattoo on Craftster's Crafty Tattoo Blog Feature!

Here's kittykill's fabulous embroidering lady, a past feature on the blog!

If you have a tattoo you designed or actually tattooed yourself but isn't craft themed, you can post it here:


And if you just have an awesome tattoo you want to show off, but you didn't design it, there is a thread in FOC for that!

Viva la tattoos!  Grin
308  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Mini Art Quilt 2 Swap--1 Angel FOUND--England on: January 13, 2010 02:38:32 PM
Swap Name: Mini Art Quilt 2 Swap
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=321329.0
Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326125.0
# of Angels Needed: 1
Angel: lukenlarry
Sendout date (approx): Feb 4

I need one angel for katcal Sadly the mini art quilt that was sent to her went missing! Katcal lives in England. Requirements for this swap:

This swap is to make a mini quilt for your partner! We are only going to swap the mini quilt itself, no extras required, so we can focus on making the quilt. The size of the quilt should be between 1 and 2 feet square, with any size, shape, and dimensions that fits within those parameters. So 12 x 18 inches is ok, and so is a 15 inch circle, but any one side shouldnt be smaller than 12 inches or longer than 24 inches.

Use whatever methods you want to make a lovely art quilt for your partner! Piecing, embroidery, hand dying fabric, adding beads or charms, etc.

Here is some info from her sign-up form. She states that she is ok with any of her listed themes being chosen, or if someone wants to do a little stalking/getting to know her to create something else they think she would like:

Would you describe your quilting skills as beginner, intermediate, or advanced? Beginner

What are your favorite colors: Blues, Browns,

What are some of the colors in the room of the house you might display this in: All my rooms are cream except my bedroom which is cream, brown and blue

What colors do you dislike: Pink

What patterns/shapes/objects do you like: Squares

What patterns/shapes/objects do you dislike: Paisley

Any specific fabric or quilt patterns you really like (ie, you  have really strong feelings towards paisley fabric or star type quilts)? Nope

Any specific fabric or quilt patterns you really dislike? Nope

Would you like to receive a holiday themed quilt? (yes/no/either) Either

Would you like to craft a holiday themed quilt? (yes/no/either) Either

Please list 5 themes/ideas to help your partner know the kinds of things you might like (they can be more specific, ie dolphins, or less specific, ie the ocean):

Are you someone that really wants to have one of these themes crafted for you, or are you ok if your partner does a little stalking to come up with other themes you might like? Nope feel free to stalk away and come up with your own theme!

If you would like to make a mini quilt for katcal please pm me. You would have about 3 weeks to craft for it, this is a bigger than normal project!

309  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap 2 (Signups CLOSED Sendouts FEB 22) on: January 09, 2010 02:14:27 AM
Name of Swap: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Sign-up date range: January 9, 2010 - Jan 21, 2010 (9 pm pacific)
Date to send item by: Monday, February 22, 2010
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Gallery Link

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? North America only
Age requirement: 18

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

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

For this swap, you will crochet a variety of motifs for 1, 2, or 3 partners. First time swappers are limited to 1 partner. For each partner, you will need to make a minimum of 7 different motifs that total at least 25 inches.

This swap is scavenger hunt style, meaning you get to pick your motifs from the variety of options listed below:

1. A flower motif
2. An animal or animal themed motif
3. Octagon shaped motif
4. Motif uses bobble stitches
5. A lacy motif
6. Bullion stitch
7. Plant or veggie themed (pineapple, leaf, etc)
8. Motif is worked diagonally
9. Motif uses hairpin lace or broomstick lace
10. Motif is made up of smaller motifs (think grannys daughters, yo-yos, etc)
11. Tunisian crochet motif
12. A heritage motif
13. Motif is made of at least 3 various shades or tones of one color
14. Motif is made with complimentary colors (opposite from each other on the color wheel)
15. "Design it yourself" and include pattern that you write
16. Sender's Choice

*Explanation/idea of heritage motif:
 Quote from craftADDchick
"An "ethnic" motif. For example, I'm of Irish (25%), Scottish (25%), Lithuanian (25%), and Heinz 57 (25%... but probably a mix of English, Irish, Scottish and who knows what else... Gramps was from Maine from way back) descent. So, a shamrock, or a "plaid" motif, or a flag motif... or a ketchup bottle"

Note: If you are using motifs that are not symmetrical (such as a rectangle), you should use the smallest measurement to calculate your total inches.

Other rules:
*Only use worsted weight acrylic, unless your partner(s) indicates otherwise.
*All tails need to be woven in, unless your partner indicates otherwise.
*Communication is very important to me, please be sure to send pms to both myself and your partner when you send and receive. Poor communication will be noted in feedback.
*Please somehow label all your motifs with the pattern name and source so your partner and other swap members viewing the gallery will know where it came from, because we will want to duplicate them!  The best way to do this is to tie a piece of paper onto the motif and then include a sheet with pattern name and source or typed pattern if you want!

Discussion Thread for round 2
Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap
Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap gallery
Amazing Crochet Motif Swap
Amazing crochet Motif Swap Gallery

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


Name of swap: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap 2
Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address including the country, formatted for shipping:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (this round is US and Canda only)

Confirm that are at least 18 years old (yes/no)

How many partners would you like? (1, 2, or 3):

Please list your color scheme, if you have one:

List colors you absolutely do not want to receive:

Do you want to recieve variegates yarns or solids only?

If you are interested in motifs made with other types of yarn (novelty yarns, etc.), please list:

Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from being partnered with someone (specific pet dander, smoke):

Please list potential allergens in your home or work area (specific pets, smokers):


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Crochet motifs on the Lion Brand website- you need to register, but its free, and worth it!
Books (check your local library, too!):
Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman
201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas by Melody Griffiths
The Harmony Guides: Crochet Stitch Motifs: 250 Stitches to Crochet by Erika Knight
Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers by Suzann Thompson

(motif by fantasticmio in round 1)

Gallery Link
310  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / The Purses, Bags, and Wallets Tutorials List on: January 03, 2010 02:50:40 PM
Administrator Comment The new official tutorial list for all of Purses, Bags, Wallets is available here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410068.0

- jungrrl

*This list is TWO posts long, don't forget to check out the second post!*

Hey guys, I am updating this list, I will be checking that the tutorials are still available with pics and adding new ones, as well as trying to categorize them a little better. Please PM me if you find something amiss or if you run across one you would like added. Thanks! And Thanks to jMi to compiling the original list! And remember, these are awesome Craftster tutorials, not random internet tutes Wink  --MareMare

** I have this updated as far as removing old links without pics, trying to separate the categories out a little better to find what you are looking for more easily, and I've added in all the tutes that people have pm'd me so far. So now I'll just be adding more tutes as I find them, please feel free to pm me if you make or see a tute that you think should be included!

(disregard my *'s! I'm working on the new and improved Tutorial list. Smiley - jungrrl)

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