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1  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: August 19, 2014 11:42:15 AM
Ooh I like it all but I'm really taken with how skillfully the water bottle cover is done! I've been crocheting rocks lately and it's a challenge to get a tight fit but that looks perfect - and I love the rainbow color choice  Grin Great job!

While home sick, I got the best package from Ludi today!! We agreed to make 3 items for each other and she knocked the ball out of the park on each count  Cheesy

Firstly, a twinchie for my collection. When kittykill got that ball rolling (lots of ball euphemisms...not sure why), I became quickly obsessed and I knew my life would not be complete without a Ludi-original to add to my collection. We discussed themes, and I told her a lot of mine were following a natural flora/fauna vibe, and I love stumpwork. So she came up with this miniature beauty!!

For reference, that's my pinkie!! It is so tiny and delicate. I'm smitten  Grin Grin Grin Even having it up close in person I still can't figure out how she makes such magic with a needle and thread. Also side note: Ludi, the twinchie I've made you could be right in the forest that this guy came from. Very funny - you'll see what I mean when you get your package  Wink

Anyway, onto #2, my personal mini plague doctor! A little appropriate with me being sick and all. The stitching on the hat and body are so tiny it hurts my eyes just imagining trying to make it, and the sculpting on the face is perfect! I've just dabbled in sculpting a bit for Ludi's package so I know how challenging it can be! Super impressed.

Lastly, Ludi made me a stitched portrait!!! (sorry, too many exclamation marks? Well deal with it I guess, my excitement cannot be contained!!). I loved her last foxy one and so she asked me what my favorite animals were...of the several ideas I came up with I said salmon...not your typical favorite animal but I find them fascinating and I grew up in the Pacific northwest where learning about them and their lifecycle was standard. It reminds me of home. She she made this piece entitled "the Great Traveler". Very appropriate! The stitching is so beautiful, blending colors and creating this masterpiece...although looking at the portrait as a whole, he is quite a fearsome fellow.

She was also super thoughtful and sent along some delicious chocolate bars, and some whimsies and embroidery floss to add to my stash  Grin

Thank you so much Ludi for swapping with me. I hope we may swap again some time in the future though I know I'll have to get back in the long queue of swappers who are waiting to swap with you  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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2  Re: Abandoned Art Craftalong in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: August 09, 2014 01:10:17 PM
Wow, that's a lot!! I hope you hear back from some people - that would be so cool.

I managed to remember to drop a few of my crochet stones in my bag on my way out today and so I abandoned 2, one by a tree near the mall I work by...it seemed like a good little niche to place it in...

And then among some rocks and grass along a path near my apartment...

And better pictures of the rocks  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435041.msg5229552#msg5229552
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3  Crocheted River Rocks in CHALLENGE 101 ENTRIES by sheepBlue on: August 09, 2014 10:50:31 AM
I've had these river rocks in my stash forever and last year picked up some crochet thread to try my hand at the beautiful crocheted patterns I've seen done on river rocks. Cue to finally a week and a half ago, I decided in a moment of low-but-antsy energy to try to make these. It's all done on the fly, no pattern just making it up as I go....obviously I might need to refer to some patterns now as my skill in variation tops out at about 3 or 4 different patterns haha. But then again, most of these rocks are rather small so it makes much variety a bit difficult.

One will definitely be converted to a necklace pendant, but the others I am abandoning around town for fun. A little spot of unexpected beauty in the most mundane of places  Smiley
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4  Re: Abandoned Art Craftalong in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: August 07, 2014 04:13:45 PM
Here are my first offerings to abandon. I've always loved the look of crocheted rocks..(sorry for the horribly grainy picture). I'll have better pictures when I set them in the wild. I've been working on these in spare moments since last weekend. I had a whole bag of river rocks that I have used half up now.

There's one rock that I used a dark blue yarn with but I really wasn't a fan of how it looked. The white against the stone is so simply beautiful I think.
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5  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: July 22, 2014 05:35:59 AM
Found my camera  Cheesy

An inchie, simple, no-fuss peas. I wanted to see if I could use the picot stitch to act like the pod....it was..sort of successful.

And another swirly 2" (this one took a while)...I feel like the colors are less cohesive than the tree one I did, but I still like it...

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6  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: July 13, 2014 02:15:35 PM
I agree, I really like how the sewing machine came out.  Smiley

A few more stitchings - funny how productive I can be when I should be packing boxes! I'm very sure my productivity is going to take a nose-dive for the next week starting tomorrow since I'll be very busy between work and moving.

Honestly, I'm not sure what kind of skull this is...and my stitching turned out a bit narrower than the image I was referencing...some sort of carnivore obviously..

This one was supposed to have a bit more of an under-the-sea, bubbly feeling, but went more microscopic critter instead...

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7  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2014 in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: July 13, 2014 02:13:42 PM
I'm so happy you like it Sarcastra  Smiley It was a joy to make and includes a lot of beautiful little pieces I've had in my stash or found in walks near my home that were a perfect fit when put together.

I received a great piece of art in return from Sarcastra - again, the key to our swap was arty and experimental, and I love how she chose to interpret it.

(Disclaimer: I'm sorry my pictures truly do not do justice to the many details in this piece. All my good photography stuff is all packed up in boxes right now. Sarcastra, if you have better pictures please please please post them  Smiley).

She created a framework of wild wooden sticks, woven together and through with strips of linen (?), with beading detail, wire weaving, yarn weaving, all combined. It is so delicate and intricate, I'm shocked but happy it came through the mail in one piece.

Each strip has tiny beads embroidered on - must have taken forever!

I am envious of her wire wrapping skills. There's little details like this throughout the whole piece.

Gorgeous. Thank you so much Sarcastra for swapping with me. It was a pleasure getting to know you and receiving a fantastic piece of original art at the same time  Smiley
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8  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery 103, 104 & 105 in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: July 11, 2014 05:26:37 PM
I received from Averia today !! Don't listen to her if she ever tries to undersell her awesome stitching skills!!

I never told Ave this but I wanted a dragonfly for my stitched nature collection, and was planning on making it but she beat me to the punch! The wings are so fine and delicate - so much better than mine are!!!

She also did this super tiny crazy quilt twinchie which holds a special place in my heart because crazy quilts are all my mom makes quilting-wise and this definitely reminds me of her. Look at those tiny decorative stitches!

Thank you so much Averia! I love these twinchies and will treasure them. Thank you!
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9  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: July 10, 2014 06:46:56 AM
The ballerina slipper is so cute. I like how you used the different colors in the slipper, I usually think of it in one solid tone.

I've been in more of a doodle-y mood lately. Graphic eye doodle - 1 inch!

This started out as just a pair of lung-shaped veining...but it felt a little too plain?

I made this one last night - a bit of rustic applique, beading and stitching.

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10  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: July 09, 2014 04:54:25 AM
Am I the only one wondering what "chess" is? A little help? The pie looks great though  Cheesy

World Cup beards sounds perfect! I know some people who would love to rock something similar for their own local soccer teams.

I finally sent off a package for a personal swap and it was received so I can share it here. Another experimental weaving project, I wanted it to feel natural and have natural elements in it as well. The rock was a toughie, I had to actually glue it in so it wouldn't accidentally pop out.

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