Opalyn Rose

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Hi Everybody,
I thought I would post my Straw Badge Submission here so that everyone can see how to submit this complicated badge.


Notes: My Sand Badge Approval
Here is my Merit Badge Page

My Straw Badge Posted Feb 26, 2021, and Approved
I think I have completed the Textiles Straw Badge

Complete 7 required BB and 31 Points including minimums in 6 of the 11 categories to Earn this Badge
  Seven Required BBs:
     Start a Button Jar (harvest buttons from old shirts)
     Sew on a Button
     Create a Textile Toolbox
     Harvest Fabric Scraps for Future Sewing Projects
     Make a Small Loom Capable of Weaving a Belt
     Mend a Small Hole or Tear Invisibly
     Sewing Machine Maintenance
  Repair: 3 point minimum - 3 points earned
     Remove Lint and Pills from Clothing (1/2 point)
     Mend a Hole in a Sweater (1/2 point)
     Unravel Old Sweater Into Yarn for Other Projects (1 Point)
     Alter the Waist on Pants to fit (1 point)
 Sew: 3 point minimum - 3 points earned
     Sew a Skirt (20+ gore and pockets) (3 points)
 Spin: 3 point minimum - 6.5 points earned
     Prepare at least 250 grams of wool (3 points)
     Spin a Plied Yarn (250 grams and 200 yards minimum) (3 points)
     Make a Drop Spindle (1/2 point)
  Stickwork: 3 point minimum - 5 points earned
     Knit Socks (3 points)
     Knit a Hat (1 point)
     Crochet a Scarf (1 point)
  Upholstery: 4 point minimum - 4 points earned  
     Add a Permanent Upholstery Cushion to a Chair or Stool (2 points)
     Make a Bolster Pillow (2 points)
  Weave: 3 point minimum - 6.5 points earned
     Weave a Camera Strap (2.5 Points)
     Weave a Belt (2.5 points)
     Weave a Leash (1.5 points)
   Felt: no minimum - 2 points earned
     Needle Felt a Figure (2 points)
  Wax or Oil Cloth: no minimum - 1 point earned
     Make Three Wax Cloths (1 point)
   Dye: no minimum - 0 points earned
   Leatherwork & Fur: no minimum - 0 points earned
   Shoes: no minimum - 0 points earned
1 week ago
Hello everyone!  As I'm the first to complete the Straw Badge, I thought I would post here for others to use as a reference:

I completed the requirements for the Sand Badge in Natural Medicine under the original rules(journal, 1 harvest(dry & store), and 5 other concoctions).  I then completed the requirements for the Straw Badge Posted Apr 11, 2022, in the Natural Medicine Badge Thread.

You can check out my PEP2 Adventure Log or my personal profile.  The list is long so I've not copied it here but instead listed the quantities of straw BBs completed and those that were also completed at the sand level:

10 Quinn BBs
13 Harvest, Dry, & Store + 1 @ sand
8 Infusions (water) + 1 @ sand
4 Decoctions + 1 @ sand
3 Vinegar Infusions + 1 @ sand
5 Tinctures
5 Salves +1 @ sand
3 Syrups + 1 @ sand
7 Oil Infusions
3 Poultices
2 weeks ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Textiles.

For this BB, you will mend a hole in a blanket.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - mend a hole in a blanket

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
 - the hole in the blanket before mending
 - tools and materials you will use for the mend
 - mending in progress
 - the newly mended blanket

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2 weeks ago

Julia Winter wrote:
It would be 6pm-7:30pm on the west coast - is this every Wednesday for 12 weeks?


That is correct on the time zone and, yes, this is a 12 week long course - every Wednesday evening.
1 month ago
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Just $736 to beat the better world book Kickstarter
2 months ago
We’ve passed the $144K mark!
2 months ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the iron badge in Textiles.

For this BB, you will make a twin-sized compressed mattress with natural materials.

Minimum requirements:
 - make a compressed stuffing mattress
 - must be at least 30 inches by 70 inches
 - must be at least 4 inches thick
 - fabric must be a natural material (cotton, wool, linen, etc.)
 - stuffing must be a natural material such as cotton or wool

To document completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (< 2 minutes):
- Describe the size of your mattress and the materials you will use
- Your materials and tools
- Making the mattress cover
- Preparing the mattress stuffing
- Your completed mattress (including dimensions)

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3 months ago

Thekla McDaniels wrote:I just read a Smithsonian article that says human composting is “typically done by placing the body in a steel container “ …
Can you tell me if that’s accurate?  Or maybe even a requirement?


It is not a requirement in Washington State. I think some are made of concrete and other materials as well.

It is required that the vessel be easy to clean (at least for our purposes) and be dedicated for the purpose(I think).

Our ”cradles” are made of wood and lined with material similar to shower stalls.
Here is more information: Herland Forest Cemetery NOR
3 months ago