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 on: Today at 05:38:14 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by Mistress Jennie
Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Turquoise Dragon Egg Dice Bag

Brief Description: What could be more inspired by spring than an egg, symbol of creation and rebirth?  Especially in such bright and cheerful colors.  All details on pattern and materials for all the ensuing dragon egg dice bags is under the link.
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Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Brown & Bronze Dragon Egg Bag

Brief Description: I have made this pattern before, as a swap gift for patty_o_furniture, back in 2017.  Definitely more than six months ago.   
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Challenge: Detention - February
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Green & Copper Dragon Egg Bag

Brief Description: This dragon egg bag was made completely from stash! 
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Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Golden Dragon Egg Dice Bag

Brief Description: This bag was made in the golden shades of a candle flame. 
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Challenge: Floo - Thornfield Hall
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Jims Improved Blue Dragon Egg Dice Bag

Brief Description: This dragon egg dice bag was created for my beloved husband.  Twice actually.  I made the first, then tweaked the pattern in subsequent version, and then went back and remade it, so his would be as nice as the others.   
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Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Ultraviolet Dragon Egg Bag

Brief Description: Crochet definitely is a craft that comes easily to you.  Enough so that I was able to tinker with the pattern and rewrite it so that it the bag was a better egg shape, and so that the scales didn't drag out of place while sitting on a table.
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Challenge: House Pride
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Red Dragon Egg Bag

Brief Description: Gryffindor pride forever! 
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Challenge: House Unity
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Green & Silver Dragon Egg Dice Bag

Brief Description:  This bag was inspired by my friend Zoe, who plays D&D and is possibly the nicest person in the world, and somehow insists that she's a Slytherin.  Wink
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Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Deep Purple Dragon Egg Dice Bag

Brief Description: This craft involves twisting yarn into an egg shape!
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 on: Today at 05:35:53 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by Mistress Jennie

I have a confession....  I never seem to craft for my husband.  I craft for so many friends and family members, but I rarely make things for him.  This is partly because he doesn't care much for gifts or clutter, and because if there's something he wants in the world, he buys it for himself, leaving me little to do.  Over the course of our 15 years together, I've managed to make him 1 quilt, 1 laptop sleeve, and 1 cozy for his French press coffee maker.  But when I saw this pattern a while back, I knew I'd have to make one for him.  It's been sitting on the back burner for ages, but now that he's gearing up to go to Gary Con in March (a D&D Convention in WI, home of creator Gary Gygax), the time was right to bust out my scales, and get to work.

So I stitched up a bag in some of his favorite colors.  Blue, black and grey.  All the items were in my stash, including leftover yarn, scales from The Ring Lord, leather lacing, and glass crow beads.  Gift completed, easy peasy.

(Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn in charcoal with aluminum scales in black, carbon, and blue.)

Only problem?  I had so many more scales left.  And tons more yarn.  And I felt like the pattern could use a bit of tweaking.  So I clearly had to make a second one to tweak the pattern.

(Caron Simply Soft yarn in garnet with red & orange aluminum, and copper scales.)

The second bag came out well, but the pattern could still use more work, so I tried a third with a few more alterations.

(Caron Simply Soft yarn in deep sage, with black & green aluminum, and copper scales.)

By now I had settled on how I wanted to alter the pattern.  So it only made sense to make another, with the new, improved shape.  But I was finally running low on scales.  Or at least colors that went well with one another.  So I ordered a few more colors.  The result was possibly my personal favorite.  It's not like I have a collection of dice to carry around, since I don't play D&D, but if I did, this one would be all mine.

(Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn in charcoal with black & carbon aluminum, and violet titanium scales.)

I loved the deep purple titanium scales, and found they went well with the warm sand and deep steel blue, so another bag happened.

(Caron Simply Soft yarn in plum perfect with sand aluminum and purple & dark blue titanium scales.)

When I was putting away the yarns I had used thusfar, I bumped into a partial skein of deep brown Heartland, and realized it would go beautifully with the dark brown scales that had been in my stash, so why not make one more.

(Lion Brand Heartland yarn in sequoia, with brushed brown, brushed sand, and brushed champagne aluminum scales.)

After that some of the other titanium scales were calling to me, with their siren song.  "Jennie, come play with us!  We look like mermaid scales!"  This probably ties for my favorite.

(Lion Brand Heartland yarn in pinnacles with purple, light blue, and green titanium scales.)

And I had so many of the gold and champagne scales, it only made sense to create something lighter and brighter.

(Lion Brand Heartland yarn in sand dunes with bronze & champagne aluminum and bronze scales.

And finally, as I was wrapping up the last of my yarn balls, I had a bit of the charcoal left over, and the green scales were just demanding that I create a Slytherin theme, inspired by my dear friend Zoe, who plays D&D, and somehow thinks she's a Slytherin.

(Lion Brand Wool Ease in charcoal with aluminum scales in green, carbon and brushed silver.)

After finishing my ninth bag, I went back and actually remade my first two.  After all, what's the point of improving the pattern, then giving my DH a less than perfect version?  In this picture you can see a comparison of the two versions.  The original is on the left, and my version on the right.  The alterations created a better overall egg shape, and kept the bottom row of scales from twisting out of place as it sits on a table. 


And now, I really need to stop making these!  Wish me luck in moving on to another project for a while.  Cheesy

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 on: Today at 02:21:18 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by Mistress Jennie
A new Floo Challenge has been posted....


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 on: Today at 01:56:59 PM 
Started by geekgirl1000100 - Last post by Onyxnox
I received my last set of Coins from thanate and they are beautifully done ones with fabric and thread - using some of my favourite themes.



I love them - thanks thanate!

This has been a great swap - a nice way to start the new year of crafting!

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 on: Today at 11:30:03 AM 
Started by kittykill - Last post by Riechan
I received from jemimah! And I was spoiled!
She claimed me for a placemat to use when eating at my desk at work!
I received not one, but two!
The first one, totally my colours and love the shape!


And the second one, already in action Cheesy
This one features birds! Where do you get these lovely fabrics from?


Thank you so much!!

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 on: Today at 09:24:59 AM 
Started by craftylittlemonkey - Last post by edelC
Oooh one of my favourite crafts, with some of my favourite people.

A recent quick and dirty Japanese stab stitch notebook, from an old lady bird book (do you get them on the other side of the pond?) They're iconic here. I used a few of the inside pages for interest.





The project below was for a medieval craft competition. It's a replica of a sixteenth century binding method. There were no covers, pages were folded, and stitched opposite the fold. They were then often put in a protective cover. It's sitting in a 'box' all four sides fold up and wrap around the journal. It's tied shut with a leather thong. I used very fine buffalo leather for the stitching-it was a pain in the ass!!



It's impossible to see from this picture, but the greyish sheet on top is paper that was dyed with elder berries (unfortunately doesn't stay purple) then I wetted the paper and embossed it over a lino cut of waves. Embossed paper was very popular then

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 on: Today at 09:14:35 AM 
Started by sweets4ever - Last post by sweets4ever

If you are painting rocks, join our Craftster Rocks! Facebook group!

Rock Painting Basic Guidelines & Best Practices

1. Always be mindful of the environment and respectful of the community guidelines that already exist.
2. Seal each rock thoroughly.  Do not add or attach anything other than a securely-adhered label, as trinkets and attachments can pose littering and choking risks for animals.  Many use Mod Podge for attaching the labels to the back, followed by spray sealing the entire rock with at least two coats.
3. Do not hide rocks in national parks, state parks, or on private property.
4. Craftster, Pinterest and Facebook are great places to find inspiration for colorful creations and creative messages.

Printable Labels

We've created some printable sheets of itty bitty labels, if you need one for the bottom of your rock.  You can always just paint or use paint marker on the bottom of your rock instead of attaching a label, too.  Totally up to you!  These PDFs print on standard 8.5x11 printer paper.  Print which size you need, cut out a label and attach it to your rock.  Most people use Mod Podge or craft glue to adhere it prior to sealing the entire rock.

Facebook Group (optional fun!)

Sometimes when people find rocks "out in the wild," they take a photo and share it on Facebook with the rock's hashtag or group.  If you want to join a group for #craftsterrocks, we've just created it here!  Craftster Rocks #craftsterrocks group on Facebook.  Just request to join and myself, kittykill or rackycoo will get you added! Smiley

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 on: Today at 08:34:14 AM 
Started by BelleBeryl - Last post by BelleBeryl
Amaryllis flower petals ( use almost dried up flowers) and hazel catkins tea left overnight. A cup full of hazel catkins add same of water leave to infuse. Brush camel hair add hazel catkins tea to paper add a layer of petals. Sprinkle some tea on petals. Add another copy paper page that has been brushed with the tea. Press slightly. Then roll up in a  tube of approx. 2" and leave on semi-warm heating radiator to dry slowly. When dry unroll carefully so as not to break paper.
I smooth paper out with hands and then cut to size.

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 on: Today at 07:38:59 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by FiberAlchemist

The new issue of Witch Weekly has hit the news stands! Be sure to pick up a copy and see which witch (or wizard) has been named Witch of the Week!

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 on: Today at 01:58:03 AM 
Started by kittykill - Last post by edelC
+++++STOP THE PRESSES+++++
the package that we all thought had gotten lost in the Canadian postal strike of last year showed up today!!! I was amazed, i really though that it had gone for good. This takes my personal record for the longest time in transit (Close to 4 months!!)

but it is here and this is what Gala_Apples sent.

Firstly some printed fabric, of two themes that I really love, Crows and flamingos.



She also sent me this gorgeous shrine. I love shrines and it will match one that she made for me years ago. And if all that werent enough, she made me a christmas tree ornament for my harry potter tree. And this lovely fabric christmas card.
Thank you so much, and thanks to the postal gods.


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