Ravenclaw House Crest

“…Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,

If you’ve a ready mind,

Where those of wit and learning,

Will always find their kind…”

-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Sorting Hat’s Song, Chapter 7

 

This is the third of the four house crests. Hufflepuff will be posted in two weeks, so check back for that pattern. Click here for the Slytherin pattern and here for the Gryffindor pattern.

The size of canvas/cloth you use will determine how large the final project is. I used size 10 plastic canvas and did the entire crest in half cross stitches. The size canvas/cloth you use will also determine how many threads you will need to use. I had to use 12 threads on the size 10 plastic canvas, but you may only need to use 2 threads on size 18 aida cloth (please do a test first to make sure you get the desired result). My finished project, using the size 10 canvas, was 10 1/2″ by 12″.

There are three downloads. The first is the instructions which contain the color key for the symbols used in the pattern. The second is just the symbols for the white boarder, optional if stitching on white cloth. The third is for the full pattern.

Ravenclaw House Crest Instructions

B5200 Snow White on Ravenclaw House Crest

Ravenclaw House Crest Pattern

Gryffindor House Crest

Today’s post is the cross stitch pattern for the Gryffindor crest.

                       ” …You might belong in Gryffindor,

                         Where dwell the brave at heart,

                        Their daring, nerve, and chivalry

                        Set Gryffindors apart;…”

                                          -Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

                                             The Sorting Hat’s Song, Chapter 7

 

This is the second of the four Hogwarts House Crests. Check back over the next four weeks to see the remaining two, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. Click here to see the Slytherin crest.

The size of canvas/cloth you use will determine how large the final project is. I used size 10 plastic canvas and did the entire crest in half cross stitches. The size canvas/cloth you use will also determine how many threads you will need to use. I had to use 12 threads on the size 10 plastic canvas, but you may only need to use 2 threads on size 18 aida cloth (please do a test first to make sure you get the desired result). My finished project, using the size 10 canvas, was 10 1/2″ by 12″.

There are three downloads. The first is the instructions which contain the color key for the symbols used in the pattern. The second is just the symbols for the white boarder, optional if stitching on white cloth. The third is for the full pattern.

Gryffindor House Crest Instructions

B5200 Snow White on Gryffindor House Crest

Gryffindor House Crest Pattern

 

 

 

Slytherin House Crest

“…Or perhaps in Slytherin

You’ll make your real friends,

Those cunning folk use any means

To achieve their ends…”

-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Sorting Hat’s Song

Chapter 7 page 118

 

This Slytherin House Crest pattern is the first of the four house patterns, so come back over the next six weeks to check out the others! You can check out the Gryffindor pattern here and the Ravenclaw pattern here. This is also the first cross stitch pattern on this blog.

The size of canvas/cloth you use will determine how large the final project is. I used size 10 plastic canvas and did the entire crest in half cross stitches. The size canvas/cloth you use will also determine how many threads you will need to use. I had to use 12 threads on the size 10 plastic canvas, but you may only need to use 2 threads on size 18 aida cloth (please do a test first to make sure you get the desired result). My finished project, using the size 10 canvas, was 10 1/2″ by 12″.

There are three downloads below. The first is the instructions which has the key for the symbols. The second, useful to those who are used to plastic canvas work and not cross stitch, is just the white stitches. I did this for those plastic canvas lovers so they would have a jumping off point. The third download is the full pattern.

Slytherin House Crest Instructions

Slytherin House Crest Pattern B5200 only

Slytherin House Crest Pattern

 

 

Fantastic Beasts Crossword

Do you believe that dangerous beasts are simply “misunderstood”? Are you a lover of all creatures, big and small? Well, if you answered either of those questions with a yes and are also a Harry Potter fan, you might just wish being a magizoologist was a real career choice. Sadly, it is not. But that doesn’t mean you can’t test your knowledge with this Fantastic Beasts crossword!

I of course have the puzzle and the answers below for your downloading convenience. I have also included a list of magical creatures, most of which are used in the puzzle. This is for those who may only have a slight interest in these fantastical beasts and may need a little help. Keep in mind that there are creatures listed here that are not answers to the puzzle.

FANTASTIC BEASTS PUZZLE

FANTASTIC BEAST CROSSWORD ANSWERS

FANTASTIC BEASTS WORD LIST

Have fun!

 

Wizarding Spells Matching Puzzle

There are a vast amount of wizarding spells and charms used in JK Rowlings world of witches and wizards. There’s a spell to rip seams in clothing, one to force people to dance, and one to make your voice louder. There are also plenty of curses and jinxes, including three unforgivable curses.

Test your knowledge of these incantations and the outcome they produce by downloading the puzzle below.

WIZARDING SPELLS MATCHING PUZZLE

WIZARDING SPELLS ANSWERS

Gryffindor Plastic Canvas Bookmark

Okay now, all you Gryffindors can calm down. I know that I did all the other house bookmarks before you, but don’t worry because it’s finally here. Your very own Gryffindor bookmark!

These bookmarks are pretty easy to make and only take a few hours to stitch so you can make one for all of your Gryffindor friends in no time. All you have to do is download the pattern with the link below and get stitching!

Gryffindor Plastic Canvas Bookmark Pattern

Click on the “Plastic Canvas” tab at the top of the page to see the other bookmarks and more!

Slytherin Plastic Canvas Bookmark

Slytherins read too (though I’m not so sure about Crabbe and Goyle), so treat the Slytherin in your life to this bookmark. Don’t have a Slytherin in your life? Well, it’s time to get off your high Gryffindor horse (I mean that in the nicest way. Hey, I am a Hufflepuff) and go make some Slytherin friends. After all, they’re not all bad.

This is a quick and easy pattern using size 10 plastic canvas and two colors of DMC embroidery floss. Click on the link below to get the full pattern and DMC floss numbers.

Slytherin Plastic Canvas Bookmark Pattern

Ravenclaw Plastic Canvas Bookmark

Here is a fast and easy pattern for creating a Ravenclaw bookmark with plastic canvas and DMC embroidery thread. For the experienced plastic canvas maker, the bookmark should only take two to three hours (if that).

I used the bronze and blue from the books as opposed to the silver and blue from the movies.

Without further ado, here is your pattern download:

Ravenclaw Bookmark Pattern

Hufflepuff Plastic Canvas Bookmark

When I first joined Pottermore and was sorted, I was put in Hufflepuff. I admit I was a little disappointed at first. It didn’t take long before I discovered my house pride, however. Fast forward a couple of years. I hadn’t been on Pottermore for quite a while and couldn’t remember my log in or even what e-mail address I had used. I decided to just create a new log in and retake the sorting quiz. A lot had changed on Pottermore in the time since I had last been on, including the sorting quiz. To my disappointment I was now sorted into Ravenclaw. I’ve decided to consider myself a Hufflepuff with Ravenclaw tendencies. I wanted to make bookmarks for each house and started with a Hufflepuff plastic canvas bookmark. I’ll make my way through the other houses in the coming months.

I used size 10 canvas. Instead of trying to find lightweight yarn in the right colors, I choose to use embroidery floss. I simply doubled up on the strand to make it thicker and was pleased with how it turned out. I think I will use the floss from now on when stitching size 10 canvas because you can easily find hundreds of colors.

To make your own Hufflepuff bookmark, click on the pattern below and get stitching!

Hufflepuff Bookmark Pattern

Harry Potter String Art

Have you seen those string art images of your home state or a heart plastered all over Pinterest? Have you seen any that are the least bit geeky? I haven’t. I had never made one of these before now but I wanted to represent my favorite fandom by making the symbol of the Deathly Hallows.

SuppliesSupplies:

Board big enough for your image

Printed image

Scissors/Craft knife

Hammer

Nails–make sure your nail has a good lip on the head. Mine didn’t have much of a lip and it caused some problems when I was putting the string on

String in the color(s) of your choice

HP String art image Once you have your image cut out, position it on your board. I used some washi tape to hold the image down. I went with washi tape because (1) it was on hand and (2) it doesn’t pull up the paint/stain on the board.

Start pounding in nails! This felt like it took forever. I had to spread it out over a few days because it made my tennis elbow kick in big time. I also had to use pliers to hold the nails because they were too small for me to hold with my fingers.HP String art nailsYou can see in the picture above that I’m almost done pounding in the nails! Yay! It was easy to tell if a nail wasn’t pounded in well because it would pop out while hammering in another nail.

Once you have all your nails in, and there aren’t any loose nails, remove your image.

HP string art no stringIt’s time to start winding your string around the nails. I used a slip knot to start my string out. You’ll notice that I used a heavier string (as opposed to thread) and that it had variegated colors.

The Puzzling Crafter: HP string artThis was a bit frustrating. As I mentioned earlier, my nails didn’t have a large enough lip on the head to keep the string from slipping off.

Finally done!

HP String Art finished

I added a quote to the bottom by transferring printed words onto the wood. I tested this out on the back of the board a few times to get it down. I’m no expert on wood transfers, and you may notice the error I made.

Wood Transfer ErrorCheck out the word “enemy”. Yup, I had a spelling error that I didn’t catch during all my trials on the back of the board. I had it as “emeny” but was at least able to wipe away half of the “m” so that it wasn’t quite as bad of an error. There wasn’t anything I could do to fix the rest of the word. Oh well, lesson learned.

I would love to see what you make! Let me know in the comments how it goes for you or if you have any tips to add!

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