I agree, it’s like candy!
Eye candy! So pretty!
Class or Challenge Title: Headmistress - January
SPEW or LC Contest: Quilts for Kids!
Project Name & Page Link: 9-Patch Star (Bubblegum) Baby Quilt
Brief Description: This was a new quilt block for me. a 9-Patch Star. I’ve done 9-patches before, and I’ve done things like a Sawtooth Star, and this is sort of a mix of both of them. But I was happy to combine them in a new-to-me block.
Class or Challenge Title: House Unity
SPEW or LC Contest: Quilts for Kids!
Project Name & Page Link: Framed 9-Patch & Star (Bubblegum) Baby Quilt
Brief Description: I kind of went crazy cutting the star blocks, and found I had made 14. It wasn’t a good number for one quilt, so I used 9 to make my first quilt top, then had 5 leftover. Helga Hufflepuff would definitely want me to take those extra 5 blocks and make something just as lovely with them. So I looked at the scraps I had left and put them together to make some 9-Patches, that I then framed with a coordinating turquoise.
These will both be going to Quilts for Kids. And remember, if you craft for a legitimate charity, you can ear 10 bonus points per project here in the HPC!!!
Class or Challenge Title: Book Club Ch 14
Project Name & Page Link: Charcuterie Board
Brief Description: This was a fun dinner I put together for Date Night a couple weeks ago. A whole grain baguette, proscuttio, a few kids of salami, pepperoni, Irish cheddar, Vermont cheddar, fig jam, cashews, dried apricots, raspberries, grapes, and bell pepper strips. It was lovely to share with my husband and a glass of faux-wine, while we watched Godzilla, since neither of us had actually seen any of the movies, yet we keep calling our future kiddo that.
Class or Challenge Title: Detention - Reparo
Project Name & Page Link: My dog is a short haired girl, who wasn’t really meant for the cold, but as we hadn’t raised her from a puppy, I had no idea if she would actually wear a coat. So I picked one up on clearance after Christmas a few years ago, figuring if she refused to wear it, I wouldn’t be out much money. And really, it doesn’t get very cold in TN, so she only wears it a few weeks a year. But in the ensuing years since I got it, the velcro fell apart. It just disintegrated into strands of thread, even though the fleece coat itself is in great shape. So I got out my seam ripper and took off all the nasty 1" velcro that never held very well anyways, and replaced it with a beefier 2" wide velcro. Now it stays nice and snug on her while we go on winter walks.
Class or Challenge Title: Flying
Project Name & Page Link: Cleaning My Scrap Fabric
Brief Description: As I cleaned out the guest room to turn it into a nursery, some stuff that had migrated found it’s way back to my studio. Guys, it was bad. I was tripping over boxes just trying to get in and out of the room. So this week I’ve been cleaning, organizing, and purging. Yesterday I tackled the fabric. I purged some, and reorganized some. Taking large flat-fold pieces from 3 cubbies down to 2; emptied the small yardage & scrap bins, and got those from 3 down to 1. Now one of the newly empty bins has a few sets in it, for future projects, and the other is full of precuts like Fat Quarters and Jelly Rolls. And the empty flat-fold cubby is now home to ‘ongoing quilt projects’, like BOM’s in the Quiltalong. And now I have just a small pile to cut into 5" squares, 2.5" strips, and 2.5" squares.
Whole neatly cleaned and folded fabric cubby.
Small Flat Fold Scrap Bin
Bin of fabrics that go together for upcoming projects.
Bin of precuts including 1-yard, Fat Quarter, Jelly Roll Strips and Charm Packs
Cubby of ongoing projects like Rainbow BOM’s, and Honeybee Table Runner.
Guess what… yes… I’m here…
Didn’t manage a lot of crafting really… only worked 1 day in November and the rest was first a week in hospital with another week at home to recover, and then we had covid (my girls and I… hubby stayed clear of it). So, crafting took a bit of a back seat.
BUT! I have some FOs:
Class or Challenge Title: APPARITION
Project Name & Page Link: “Game Night”
Since September we’re back meeting in person with our craft group. And despite being totally unorganised when it comes to materials and plans… I actually managed to make a Scrapbook layout during the January Crop.
This time I did it for our monthly layout challenge, where we are given a sketch and have to use it to make a layout.
**Class or Challenge Title:**Care of Magical Creatures
Project Name & Page Link: A hat for Gryffie
Brief Description: No snow here just yet (nowadays seem to be happening any time until middle of April!), but the winds are howling in Scotland just now. Best to keep my young witches’ heads warm!
Class or Challenge Title: Hagrid’s 12 Trees Christmas Challenge - Candles
Project Name & Page Link: A hat for Huffie
Brief Description: I made a hat to keep Huffie’s ears warm during winter.
“I have time” I thought to myself a week or so ago… Then realised while brushing my teeth now that I do NOT have time
Class or Challenge Title: Advanced Studies
Project Name & Page Link: Monogrammed Christmas Stockings
Brief Description: I finished my first ever AS and I couldn’t be more happy. The stockings might not be as big as I wanted them but I’m really REALLY pleased with so many other things. 5 stockings which took WAY more time than needed, but which I’m really proud of.
Class or Challenge Title: Transfiguration
Project Name & Page Link: Demon fruit birthday cake
Brief Description: My step son is a lucky boy, and I guess I’m also lucky because now I have one more that enjoys my crafting. Demon fruit comes from One Piece. I guess my fruit won’t give anyone any special powers besides energy
I didn’t finish as many projects as I wanted to this term, but I have a few!
Project Name: Crochet potholders
Brief Description: Crochet uses many interlinked rings, so I crocheted a set of potholders.
Project Name: Pistachio dinosaur amigurumi
Brief Description: For this class, I crocheted a dinosaur using this pattern.
Class/Challenge: Care of Magical Creatures
Project Name: Rainbow bracelet
Brief Description: For this class, I made a cheerful rainbow bracelet.
Class/Challenge: Detention: Stash
SPEW: Square by Square Project (local yarnworkers group)
Project Name: Navy Blanket Squares
Brief Description: I had some navy yarn leftover from another project, so I used the rest to make some blanket squares! (My local yarnworkers group collects squares, turns them into blankets, and then donates the blankets within the community.)
Project Name: Eevee ATC
Brief Description: For this class, I made an Eevee ATC using green & brown colored pencils.
Class/Challenge: House Pride
Project Name: Blue C2C Square
Brief Description: I used Ravenclaw blue yarn to crochet a square using corner-to-corner (C2C) crochet.
It’s time for the end of term project dump.
Class or Challenge Title: Alchemy
Project Name & Page Link: WWDitS Witch Skin Hat
Brief Description: This Halloween my husband and I dressed up as Laszlo and Nadja from the TV show What We Do in the Shadows. In addition to the clothing I made for my husband he requested the “witch skin” hat from the show. I used a pattern by Fancy Jen Cosplay for the EVA foam base, then sculpted the skin patches with foam clay and the back end of a pair of tweezers. After everything was dry, I sealed the hat with plastidip, gave it several coats of paint and washes, and finally added the feather accents.
Class or Challenge Title: Apparition
Project Name & Page Link: Nadja Costume Top
Brief Description: For the top of my Nadja costume I knew I would need a pattern, as I have no experience sewing historical garments. After some searching I was able to find an Edwardian style vest pattern. I added sleeves from Truly Victorian for a mid 1890’s look.
Class or Challenge Title: Charms
Project Name & Page Link: Fur Cape-let
Brief Description: To go with my costume I decided to add a faux fur cape-let. I used another Truly Victorian pattern. And while I made this to go with a costume I feel like I would wear this anytime in the fall or winter if I were to go to an even nice enough that I wouldn’t want to wear a down jacket.
Class or Challenge Title: DADA
Project Name & Page Link: Nadja Doll Outfit
Brief Description: Just as I made the hat to accompany my husband’s costume, I decided I wanted to create a Nadja Doll (from the second season of the show) to carry with me. I purchased an 18" doll from Amazon and found a pattern for a dress and jacket that could make as a miniature version of my costume.
Class or Challenge Title: Hagrid’s Christmas - Tinsel
Project Name & Page Link: Nadja Skirt
Brief Description: The brocade I used to create this Edwardian Walking Skirt contained a coppery metallic thread that glistened and sparkled like tinsel in the right light.
Class or Challenge Title: HOM
Project Name & Page Link: Is it a blouse? No, it’s a dicky.
Brief Description: I wanted my costume top to have a high standing collar. I had tossed around the idea of making a shirtwaist, but instead elected to add the sleeves into the vest. This meant I needed to make a blouse. I wanted it to be the same velvet as the sleeves, but was worried about bulk and heat. So I settled on a Dickey. When everything is all worn together you cannot tell its not a vest over a shirtwaist.
Class or Challenge Title: SOAR
Project Name & Page Link: Oyster Shell Santa
Brief Description: This year my friend and her daughters combed the beach for washed up oyster shells, too reuse in some craft projects. She invited me over to make oyster Santa’s with them. Of course I couldn’t just make a normal Santa
Class or Challenge Title: Transfiguration
Project Name & Page Link: Miniature Painting
Brief Description: I painted this miniature for one of the players in my Dungeons and Dragons game. Mini painting is something that required a lot of patience and time to complete. All in this one took me about 6 hours in total.
Since so many of my projects were for costumes here is a picture of us dressed up at Halloween.
January hasn’t been the best craft-month overall, but let’s see what we can slip in before the end-of-term.
Project Name: Beginning of the Year Set-Up
Brief Description: 2021 was a flaming pile of poo as far as my personal life. I don’t have any control over the things that made it so difficult, so I decided in 2022 I was going to concentrate extra hard on things that make me happy, like crafts, reading, and watching movies/TV. Since stickers, paper, and glue are another thing that make me happy I decided I would start a journal of some kind to document things. The spreads at the beginning of the book are for year-long tracking.
Project Name: Crayola Supertips Swatch
Brief Description: I’m a little ashamed at how long this took (apparently I can’t count to 100 and have lost most of my coloring skills since I last used them in 4th grade) but I managed to create a swatch sheet for my new box of 100 crayola supertips and label the markers themselves.
Prompt: Detention - Stash
Project Name: Pink Tumbling Blocks
Brief Description: I am always super excited when I use the last little bit of a fabric scrap and can resign the remainders to the crumb pile.
Prompt: Detention - WIP
Project Name: Mom’s Scarf
Brief Description: My mom started this scarf some time in 2019 or early 2020. Since then she developed a really fast moving form of Parkinsons and can no longer do fine motorskills, so I finished up the last stripe for her. We ran out red yarn, so cast off in the variegated colorway, which I actually like.
Project Name: Valentine’s Dress
Brief Description: It’s hard to say what exactly counts as my “best supplies” but I absolutely love working with vintage fabric and I had been looking forward to the day this one would be seasonally appropriate from the very moment it was given to me by a neighbor back in July. The finished product turned out exactly like I had imagined it.
Project Name: 2021 Review
Brief Description: I feel like this might be a cautionary tale not to start projects at 9pm. I started making a review of good things from 2021 for my journal, but made the mistake of starting late and working without my phone in a room that had no clock. Like a casino of crafting I looked up what I thought was about an hour later to discover it was after 2am.
You guys look amazing! That hat!! Wow! So many details. You nailed them all!
Hi guys! I have a few doctors appointments this morning, so I will close up this term and open the new one when I get home later.
Congrats on completing your first Advanced Studies Project! You earned 100 points for your house!
End of Term Feast
Welcome to the End of Term Feast! I have checked the school hour glasses, and the points stand thusly…
Slytherin: 5 students, 695 points , for an average of 139 points per student.
Ravenclaw: 4 students, 715 points , for an average of 178.75 points per student.
Hufflepuff: 5 students, 1615 points , for an average of 323 points per student.
Gryffindor: 2 students, 1070 points , for an average of 535 points per student.
Congratulations to Gryffindor House!
This term of the Harry Potter Craftalong is now CLOSED!
The new Ostara 2022 Term is now OPEN!
Well done, Gryffs!
@Trillian why did I never think of swatching my colours?! This is genius, and looks great (especially #98!)