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Topic: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME*  (Read 188018 times)
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« Reply #110 on: March 11, 2014 03:55:13 PM »

Hi everyone. Just a quick note to say that I'm alive and back to regular life (one without my surrending family and with an over-studying BF). I have a huge projet going on, which you'll probably know about very soon... And I have a NEWT to turn in, if it's the only thing I do this term!
I'm going to count my points for the Quidditch and announce the winner and MVP later this week. Thanks a lot for the awesome badge, by the way! I love that lion!

I'm so happy for you, Erin. May you 32th year of life kick arses!

eta: my camera died on me, which is heartbreaking (and bankbreaking) so it's not a joke that I won't turn as many project... however I might have even more time to craft for the classes because of that! haha!
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« Reply #111 on: March 12, 2014 06:40:04 AM »

Still around - just been busy with dealing with little Witches in the household ... which will take even more of my attention the next week. Not done ANY crafting this month so far, but hope I'll get things started tonight. Wish me luck with the little Witches!! Wink

As for pinning ... will do that tonight/tomorrow too! Sorry! Shocked
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« Reply #112 on: March 12, 2014 12:13:27 PM »

I just wanted to pop in and congratulate everyone on a wonderful start to the semester!! So many wonderful projects turned in already and we're only ONE week in!  I hope to be online and crafting more soon; (things have been kind of crazy in the Fiber household lately) but I am here and thinking of you all.   Kiss

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« Reply #113 on: March 12, 2014 04:03:29 PM »

Class: Muggle Studies
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House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Craft room spring cleaning
Brief Description: In anticipation of my MS homework, I let my craft room get nice and disorganized.  Roll Eyes I may have underestimated the work muggles put into cleaning - it took me 3 hours to get it all sorted! My fabric is all folded and put away, current projects only in the brown box, and all other boxes sorted and purged.


« Reply #114 on: March 12, 2014 08:06:55 PM »

Darn. I thought my room was a mess...but nothing compared to what you were challenged with  Grin
Great job sorting it all out! Mine is probably about to look like your first pictures soon. Crafting is messy, but FUN!


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« Reply #115 on: March 13, 2014 02:03:10 PM »

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House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Make Yer Own Hippogriff
Brief Description: I made another hippogriff to send to a friend and to prove it isn't the same one, I decided to write up a little tutorial and include the pattern so you can make one too. Ignore all of the crafty disaster that's going on in the background...art is messy!



Dark Grey wool felt for body and feathers
Light Grey wool felt for feathers
Golden wool felt for beak and front feet
Embroidery Floss in matching grey and gold
Small black seed beads for eyes
Wool yarn for tail
Wool for stuffing

Trace patterns pieces onto coordinating felt, reversing pieces for opposite side. Place dashed lines of leg pieces on fold of felt.

1. Sew beak to body piece. Repeat for other body piece.

2. Fold ear to right side then fold ear slot over, aligning the piece. Sew along straight edge. Repeat on other body piece. This will be the only sewing done on the inside. Forgot to take that pic but you can see here how it's sewn.

3. Align body pieces wrong sides together and sew around, leaving an inch open at bottom to stuff. Stuff body firmly (this is where you'll be glad it is wool felt) and sew opening closed.

4. Fold rear leg piece in half along fold and beginning at hock, sew around, leaving hoof open. Stuff firmly. Place hoof on bottom of leg opening and sew around. Repeat for other rear leg.

5. For front legs you have two options. I chose to cut off a bit of the front leg and sew on a piece of gold felt to replicate the hippogriff's eagle legs. Or you can skip this part and have grey legs. Fold leg in half, sew around, leaving bottom open. Stuff firmly. Sew two foot pieces together. Place foot at bottom of leg opening and sew around. Repeat for other front leg.

6.  To sew joints together, thread three strands of embroidery floss (or use button thread) through a needle and make a knot at end. Take a small stitch on inside of rear leg, catching a bit of stuffing, then pass needle back through knotted thread and pull tight. Pass needle through body. take a small stitch on other rear leg then pass needle back through body. Pinch legs together and pull tight. make a loop around joint of first leg and pass needle through thread, making a knot. Loop and knot a second time. Repeat for front legs.

7. To make feathers, cut several feather shapes from your scraps (wool is expensive!) in both dark and light grey. Sew or glue feathers beginning at bottom of neck, and move up toward head. Put 'em wherever you want 'em. Glue ears back, unless you like the way they stick out.

8. For wings, I trace the top portion of the wing and cut out a thin band to act as the "wing bone" and glue in place. Cover wings with feathers, using longer feathers at wing tips. Sew wings in place.

9. Almost there! Wind wool yarn around a credit card, or whatever you have that is the same length as the tail you'd like. Tie a knot around center of wool and cut the other end. Sew tail to body. Sew bead eyes to head, add whatever other features you'd like, then voila! A little hippogriff!
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« Reply #116 on: March 13, 2014 03:34:36 PM »

That hippogriff is so cute, pottermouth. Thanks for including a tutorial. I'm going to try that out. Smiley

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« Reply #117 on: March 13, 2014 04:38:06 PM »

So much love to you for the tutorial!  Kiss Grin
« Reply #118 on: March 14, 2014 11:41:18 AM »

pottermouth - Amazing Hippogriff!  And thanks for the pattern.  I probably won't make the whole animal, but I may borrow the idea for the wings.  They look great!

Acadian Driftwood - Good Job on the clean-up!  You're inspiring me to tackle my own Muggle Studies project.  The only problem is I don't think I could bring myself to post the before pictures when the time comes - it's way too embarrassing.

I'm making good progress on my OWL quilt, but I'll wait until it's all put together to show pictures.  Due to a slip of the rotary cutter I ended up having to take about half an inch off each square to get them all the same size and properly square, so the quilt-top turned out a little smaller than intended.  Nothing a nice border can't fix.  I've got my backing and batting all ready to go - I just need a relatively warm day with no wind since I usually do my spray basting outside. (Those days are hard to come by in March.)

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« Reply #119 on: March 14, 2014 12:05:41 PM »

I finished my OWL!! Taking pictures today, and hope to share soon.

The only problem is I don't think I could bring myself to post the before pictures when the time comes - it's way too embarrassing.

I totally understand that - I used to feel that way too, until I started reading and participating in UfYH (swearing in that website link). It's an amazingly supportive community for people who are not natural cleaners. Many people share before and after photos, and if someone's before looks like someone else's after, that's OK!

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