Friday, April 25, 2014

make a wish - geekcrafting for samantha - hermione granger's beaded bag (part 1)


Since I've learned that Samantha is a fan of Hermione Granger, I decided to try making Hermione's beaded bag mentioned in the books and seen in the films.



I've gathered my supplies. (see below)

I am making my own version of the one used in the movies -   it won't be an exact a screen replica -  but I'll try my best.  

I opted for a satins and velvets in varying shades of purple.  

I chose embroidery thread in a light blue and peach. 

The beads are glass and iridescent, having purple, black and blue in them, depending on how the light shines on them.  Also I chose some brown and black beads as well.  

I could not find a gray sort of cording for the drawstring, so I went for more of a blue to match the embroidery on the bag.



My first task was to determine how to construct such a bag.  

Online I've found various patterns for small jewelry pouches. 

Here are a few I've been looking at:




I decided to kind of use these and just make the bag much bigger.  
I want Samantha to at least be able to bring it to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (her big wish being granted) and be able to at least put her wallet inside!

After a lot of trial and error, I was able to come up with a pattern big enough to my liking.  

So far I portioned off the bag into 8 sections and cut my fabric.  Using what fusible stabilizer I had on hand at home, I added that to by pieces and sewed the outside of the bag together.





Right now, I'm at the point where I'm hand embroidering the outside of the bag. 




Then my plan is to do the beading, then construct the inside of the bag.  The bottom/ tassel of the bag will come last.

More updates as I progress with the project! 





Friday, April 11, 2014

harry potter geek-crafting for the make a wish foundation

Attention: Crafters/Artists, Harry Potter Fans and Geeks!

Want to help out the Make A Wish Foundation and a little HP fan going through cancer treatment in Seattle?

The Harry Potter Crafts group I am part of and have crafted for in the past has been contacted by The Make A Wish foundation on behalf of a little girl in Seattle.  They asked if we could make some Harry Potter themed items to cheer the little girl up as she goes through her chemo treatments.  Want to help?  Or know someone who might want to make something for her?

We were also asked to make a few items for her little sister so she does not feel left out.

One member of the craft group has even agreed to go dressed in HP cosplay to deliver the items.

Come join the group to sign up  and make something for Samantha!

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HarryPotterCrafts/info

Here is more info I received from the person who runs the craft group:

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Make-A-Wish... We're crafting for Samantha!
josee_s_house
Message 1 of 26 , Apr 9 10:50 AM

Hi everyone!

I heard back from Taylor and it's a go! We're making this happen! Just a recap for those who are just joining in on the conversation now... About a month ago, I started talking with a lady named Taylor who is a wish granter for Make-A-Wish Foundation. There is a little girl who is undergoing cancer treatments who will have her wish of visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter granted, but in the meantime, they wanted to give her little HP gifts. She contacted a former member of HPC, who contacted me because she can't craft what Taylor had requested anymore. I asked the group to see if people were willing to jump in and make this happen, and heard nothing but positive comments, so I contacted Taylor again.

Here are the infos I have so far:

The girl's name is Samantha
She's in 3rd grade (so that makes her what? 8? 9?)
She's undergoing cancer treatments at Seattle Childrens Hospital
She lives roughly 2 hours south of Seattle
She's a Gryffindor... I'm a Ravenclaw/Slytherin, but in this case, I say ggggoooo Gryffindors!
She's going to visit WWoHP around Halloween time, but she has to finish her treatments firts.
She's a huge fan who has read the books 4 times EACH
She's intelligent (I think the previous bullet covered that already!)
She plays soccer
Her favourite character is Hermione
Her favourite movie is Half-Blood Prince
Her favourite book is Deathly Hallows

Taylor says she can provide anyone with an "in-kind" receipt from Make-A-Wish. She also mentions that if anyone has specific questions, to let her know and she will ask. Now as far as organization goes, Taylor says she doesn't have anything specific set up to receive donations, so she gave me her home address. Dianne, did you still want to go deliver in full HP garb? If so, maybe we can ship to your address? Also, since she lives south of Seattle, would you be willing to travel that distance? Or maybe I can ask if you can go directly to the hospital? Let me know!

I'll set up a poll for this, just like we always do for swaps. Is a month enough of a crafting time before shipping? I want to give everyone ample crafting time. Oh! And since this doesn't have to be kept secret like regular swaps, how about we share what we're making, our progress, etc. here? I know it would get me even more hyper!

I'm so happy and honoured and ecstatic that this is happening!

Josée
Owner of Harry Potter Crafts
-xxx-

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On Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:24 PM, Josée Leblanc <josee_s_house@...> wrote:

Thank you Janet!

I heard back from Taylor, who I've wrongly thought was a woman. Oops! He is thrilled with everyone's participation so far! He mentioned that Samantha has a 7 YO younger sister named Jasmine, who is mildly interested in HP but is getting into it because of her sister's wish. He said that all the family shaved their heads to show support for Samantha... I find that beautiful and amazing.

But back to Jasmine, he mentioned it would be nice if some of the crafts could be addressed to her, just so she doesn't feel completely left out.

Josée
Owner of Harry Potter Crafts
-xxx-

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

nycc 2013- whovian cosplay - clara oswald - the snowmen - part 4


Ready for more?  Let's tackle that apron and bustle!

Here is the pattern I used.


The apron draped and pinned onto the dress form.  (side view)


(Apron - front view)





The bustle  added to the mix - pinned to the dress form -  various views.







Let's break down that bustle, shall we?  

I followed the pattern when cutting the out the pieces to sew, but when it came to assembly and tying up the bustle, here is where I veered slightly from the instructions.

This video from Jennifer Rosburgh really helped me understand  bustle construction.


More helpful photos of the bustle she is working on can be found here: 

Here is the my bustle, laid out  and spread inside out.



As Jennifer had done, here with the twill tape  laid flat against the bustle
( I used Grosgrain ribbon because it's what I had in the house)

Instead of one whole piece of ribbon for each strip, I instead opted to stitch 2 pieces together, so that I could tie up each bustle section separately and could disassemble the bustle for ease of transporting to and from the con.



Here you can see the top portion of the bustle tied up ( without the grosgrain)




Full bustle tied without grosgrain ribbon inserts.



Don't know if it's easy to see from this picture how the grosgrain ribbon sections slip in between the bustle sections.

Below the far left: bustle section fully tied up

Middle: bustle tied without the grosgrain ribbon

Far right: bustle section completely untied



Here the entire bustle is tied up.  
You can see that I stitched it to one end of the apron.


And the finished bustle and apron combo with the waistband.












fan fiction

Some time ago my friend Julie tweeted a link to this article on fan fiction.



Definition for those who are uninitiated - 
Fan fiction, or fanfiction (often abbreviated as fan ficfanfic, or simply fic), is a broadly defined fan labor term for stories about characters or settings written by fans of the original work, rather than by the original creator. Works of fan fiction are rarely commissioned or authorized by the original work's owner, creator, or publisher; also, they are almost never professionally published. Due to these works' not being published, stories often contain a disclaimer stating that the creator of the work owns none of the original characters. Fan fiction is defined by being both related to its subject's canonical fictional universe and simultaneously existing outside the canon of that universe.[1] Most fan fiction writers assume that their work is read primarily by other fans, and therefore tend to presume that their readers have knowledge of the canon universe (created by a professional writer) in which their works are based. -  Wikipedia


I'm going to admit it.  I like fan fiction.  Good fan fiction, mind you.  Something written well, with actual knowledge of the subject matter.

Sometimes when I'm bored, I enjoy getting lost in a few stories.  There is something satisfying in seeing another person's take on lives of characters that you've fallen in love with - especially if they really have a good grasp of the source material.

Ever want to give it a go?  Either writing or just dabbling to read now and then?

Here ya go:


My latest fan fic addiction -  stuff written about Sherlock -  
the BBC television series  (airing in the US on PBS) 
starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.




My current go to Sherlock fan fiction writer: https://www.fanfiction.net/u/4775129/englishtutor



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