[identity profile] significantowl.livejournal.com
Welcome One and All

to the

Make Mine Medieval Craft-Along!

The new series is upon us, so it's time to get crafting! Anything medieval-y or Merlin-y is fair game. Let's see just how creative we can be!

The craft-along will run throughout the third series. Feel free to share FO's and UFO's at any time. We love tutorials, too, if you have a chance to tell us how you did it! And if you're having trouble deciding what to make, or stuck in a crafty tight spot in the middle of a project, don't forget your fellow Merlin crafters are always here to provide encouragement, inspiration, and assistance!

In fact, why don't we start off with a dose of inspiration to get us going? I've got a few links to cool things I've bookmarked, and if you do too, we'd love to hear about it! Tell us in the comments and I'll add 'em to this post.

Hopefully inspiring links:

  • pattern for a Fierce but Really Friendly Dragon [free pattern; crochet]

  • the book Creepy Cute Crochet has an adorable knight pattern, and a Nosferatu that can double as Merlin - it's in the ears :) [@ $11US; crochet]

  • and the Creepy Cute author's website outlines how to modify one of her patterns into a Druid [pattern expansion; crochet]

  • Simplicity has some great costume patterns out right now - these capes remind me of Morgana, as do these dresses [@ $10US on website, spotted at Hobby Lobby last week for 99 cents; sewing]

  • here's a step by step chainmaille jewelry tutorial [free tutorial, jewelry-making]

    (Anyone already know what they're going to make?)


Aug. 7th, 2010 06:00 pm
[identity profile] significantowl.livejournal.com
Hi everyone! Tutorials and craft along were the top two vote-getters, that's where we'll start. We'll begin the craft along when the series comes back in September, and try to get the tutorials going now.

So, calling all crafters! Have you made something cool and Merlin-y? Would you be willing to share with the rest of us how you did it? Please comment below! I'd like to gather a few volunteers and come up with a loose posting schedule before we kick off.

Please include in your comment:

subject of your tutorial:
when you might be able to post:

(I'm not looking for an exact date, just a general idea of when's good and when's bad for you over the course of August-September)

A few bits of housekeeping:

+ Tutorials should be as detailed you can make them. There will be people reading who are experienced in your craft, and there will be novices. Our goal is for everyone to come away saying, "Hey, I could try that!"

That being said, don't stress as you're writing. People can always ask for clarification in comments if need be.

+ Please include pictures! If you need help with hosting, let me know. Seeing the final product gives us something to aim for; steps along the way would be very helpful, but if you've already made the item and didn't document at the time, don't worry.

+ If you used an existing pattern in creating your craft, whether a free one or one available commercially, please point us to the source. The only patterns we can host here are ones you created yourself.

+ Any questions or comments, let me know!
[identity profile] significantowl.livejournal.com
When it's too hot to go outside (or too cold, for those of you enjoying winter right now!) that means it's time to craft! What would you all like to see at the comm this summer?

Some ideas include:

+ tutorials (members who have made nifty things share how they did it)

+ pattern and resource round ups (members give links to things Merlin-y and medieval-y - for ex, a pattern for knitted gauntlets, or where to buy a great dragon cake mold)

+ craft along (we pick a theme and interpret it in our own crafty ways)

+ craft swap (exchange crafty packages with other members)

If you have any other ideas, please share in comments!

And now, a handy poll:

[Poll #1589782]
[identity profile] significantowl.livejournal.com
Project Diversity at Kinkme Merlin is now open to rare medium prompts and fills, starting with page nine of this post. Check it out if you get a chance, maybe you've got a prompt idea to leave, or you'll see one that fills you with crafty inspiration!

As of today, there are already some prompts that might speak to us crafters - this one for Gwen/Morgana, for ex, and this one for a pattern for Gwen/Morgana fingerless gloves.
[identity profile] significantowl.livejournal.com
Hi crafters! So, the mailing deadline is just two weeks away, on Monday, October 19th. Please respond to this check-in post and let me know if things are moving along on schedule. If you see a problem with making the deadline, please let me know now!

A few mailing procedures to keep in mind:

1. Try to let your giftee know when you've mailed their package through email, LJ PM, LJ comment, etc. That way they can be on the lookout for it.

2. You'll want to take a picture of your items, and try to get some sort of proof of mailing from the post office (whether that's a payment receipt, customs form, delivery confirmation number, or something else). This way if something goes wrong in the mail, you'll have proof you did your part.

thanks all!
[identity profile] significantowl.livejournal.com
A quick note re: the craft swap: I should be emailing your assignments in the next couple of days. It'll come from significantowl @ yahoo to the email you provided (subject line craft swap). If you don't see anything by Monday, give me a shout, here or at my email.
[identity profile] significantowl.livejournal.com
Interested in participating in our first craft swap? Check out this post and sign up by Wednesday, August 19th!
[identity profile] significantowl.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] craftalot will be hosting its first craft swap! Let's all make Merlin things for each other!

Sign-up: by Wednesday, August 19th

Mailing date: by Monday, October 19th

That gives you two weeks to sign up, and two months to create & mail your craft.

Sign up info under cut )

I'll be making another post later outlining mailing procedures. Short version: we WILL be collecting feedback. On communication, whether or not a swap was fulfilled, whether items were shipped on time and safely, etc. We'll be recommending you take pictures of your package before you send it, and that you use Delivery Confirmation.

Questions? Comments? While I'm new to swap organizing, I'm used to modding exchanges (just, usually they're of fic) and I think I have a good handle on mailing issues from being in BPALdom. But there may well be something I've missed, and if so, please say!

And finally, many thanks [livejournal.com profile] tonyans1975 for the craft swap suggestion!
[identity profile] significantowl.livejournal.com
Welcoming One and All

To the Very First

[livejournal.com profile] craftalot Craft-a-Long!

As per the results of our poll, our theme is The People of Camelot. Run wild with it! This could include representations of the characters in whatever medium you choose (maybe you make dolls, maybe you cross-stitch, maybe you bake gingerbread people...) It could also include crafts inspired by the characters, such as Morgana-esque jewelry, knitted gauntlets for Arthur, or of course, the neckerchief!

The craft-a-long will continue through April 9th. Feel free to share FO's and UFO's at any time! Remember your fellow Merlin crafters are always here to provide encouragement, inspiration, and assistance!

(So... anyone already know what they're going to make?)
[identity profile] significantowl.livejournal.com
[Poll #1341502]

eta: and why yes I see how I misspelled villains there. *facepalm*
[identity profile] significantowl.livejournal.com
The new year and the long hiatus are upon us... anyone interested in a craft-a-long to help stave off Merlin withdrawal?

Since we're all into different crafts, I think we'd need to come up some kind of theme that we could work on in our own favorite mediums.

a few things I thought of:

the people of Camelot (pick your favorite character)
the Dragon
the weapons of Camelot (incl. Excalibur)
the clothes of Camelot (incl. the neckerchief, of course!)
villains & monsters

What about you? Got a great theme idea to share? If we can get together a nice list of options, I'll put together a poll to help us choose.

Also, how long do you think the first craft-a-long should last? Just a guess, I'm thinking two months or so?

first post

Dec. 4th, 2008 10:34 pm
[identity profile] significantowl.livejournal.com
Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] craftalot, a Merlin crafting community! I'm MC, your friendly mod. Please PM me with any questions or comments.

As the userinfo says, this community is for sharing creative, crafty things inspired by the BBC's Merlin. All kinds of handicrafts are welcome, including (but not limited to) cooking, sewing, costuming, knitting, decorating, jewelry-making, and papercrafts. There are a few do's and don't's listed in the info - please check before posting.

So, made anything inspired by the show yet? Thinking of making something? Let's share!
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