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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Hogwart's Castle Update

All images are clickable to enlarge.

I've made four of these "sleeves" which will slide over the plastic canvas to create the towers.

Here's the back which has an upper window.

This shows the stack of towers and walls I crocheted plus one of the plastic canvases I cut out to fit the insides.

This shows a tower after I sewed it onto the grid.

Here's the back to show the window.

Next I filled in the exposed white grid with black yarn. (One pound Caron). (I wasn't totally finished with this one but it was such a nice sunny day so I wanted to get the pics taken today.

Filling in the white areas in between the crochet really made the crochet stand out and make it look like stone bricks.

Next I added a starry fabric to the inside to cover up the stitching and make it look nice.

This shows one tower before the fabric and one after.

Here's three towers, each in a different stage of developement.

Here's and over-the-top view of the three.

This will be the front gate wall. The other three walls don't have gates. I will add more plastic canvas to make them sturdy and fill in the white parts with the black yarn as with the towers. I'm not sure just how I will do the gate doors yet.

Also, I need to make cone shaped roofs for the towers.

As I posted earlier, I ran out of the olive-colored thread and so, for the middle towers, I have ordered a different color. Linen Marl. It is a linen color with brown flecks in it. I will use a brown yarn to fill in the white grid ares between the crocheted "bricks" this time.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Help! I ran out of discontinued thread!

I've finished the four walls and two of the towers and now I'm out of crochet thread.

The thread is Coats and Clark
Aunt Lydia's Denim`Quick Crochet
Article # 152
Color: 1143 Olive
400 yards

I bought it at JoAnn's Fabric Etc.. It was clearanced, (naturally), so when I went back they didn't carry it anymore.

I found two on e-bay and snagged them right away.

Since then I've tried on-line to every store imaginable with no luck!

Well, at least with these two coming from e-bay I can make the two other outer towers and, if I have to, I can always make the inner towers with black or something. IF I can find black.

I'll have to get some pictures taken of the castle so far.
It's hard to picture what it will turn out to be like when right now it's pretty much flat and one-dimentional.

I will have to get some bendable plastic mesh to insert into the towers and lash to the castle walls to prop it all up and make it play-house worthy. LOL!!