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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Curiosity Cabinet Gallery on: Today at 05:01:39 PM
One of my colleagues at work said she had been browsing through Craftster over the weekend and when she saw Ludi's felted trilobite fossil she thought "Oh, Wulf should see this!" Then she read the post and discovered that I already had seen it! Cheesy

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies on: Today at 04:58:29 PM
I agree that it's the great variety of the flags in this swap that makes the Gallery so great. And I have to add my congratulations to Stellato on her masterful partner-matching. Each of the groups seems perfectly suited to each other!

So many of the flags, like Renstar's "Create", are so beautiful because of the colour combinations. And thanks for the info about the transfer inks, jenleahlynn. They give a beautiful effect, and of course would be useful for making embroidery patterns as well. And I'm glad you rescued that flag from the trash - more colour is so often the answer!

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies on: March 02, 2015 06:04:38 PM
I love the immediacy of the "Positive Thoughts" flag. You only have to catch sight of it out of the corner of your eye, Susan, and those grouchy urges will flee! Sonjaboo, isn't it great that we all used flowers? I wasn't consciously thinking of you under all that snow, but it must've been at the back of my mind!

And rscowtown, it was very clever of you to hang top bit of text off your "Jesus" flag. It's otherwise so simple, and that little thing makes you look at it more carefully.

Lucky me, I received TWO flags today, from alwaysinmyroom and jenleahlynn.

Jenleahlynn did "Boundless" for me, and I love the cleanness of the silhouetted figure against the delicately coloured background. If you look closely, you'll see that there are mountains sketched in with very fine embroidery.

And for this one I have to show the back, because it has this hidden mandala on it. Is it dyed, painted, stamped? I can't tell, but the colours are beautifully subtle.

This is from alwaysinmyroom, and she used fabric printed by our own sheepblue! The sun absolutely glows in the middle, and the few lines of stitching stitching accent the trees perfectly. You can't really see in the photo, but those beautiful, big, rectangular beads are a deep red-amber.

Thank you both so much - I love both of these. They're so different, and yet both so perfect!

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Washi Tape Holder on: March 02, 2015 05:26:32 PM
This is such a good idea. Washi tape seems to be an inherent storage problem. I only have a half-dozen rolls, and they're already a nuisance. I'm surprised there aren't ready-made washi-racks available. Or maybe there are, but I'll bet they're not as good as yours.

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies on: March 01, 2015 04:32:28 PM
I'm up for another round too, and although I was nervous about the multiple-partner thing, I now think it's great! Not only do you get lots of prayer flags from one swap Cheesy but you get to try out different ideas at one time.

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap - Round 4 in March on: February 28, 2015 05:00:04 PM
Oh! Me too, please! Grin

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: OMG - I need a drink swap... anyone interested in Happy Hour? on: February 28, 2015 04:56:14 PM
End of March sounds good to me too. I'm totally up for this, and even more so if it'll lure the fabulous edelC back to the swap side! (I'm reluctant to try your lychini recipe, Edel - what if I like it even more than traditional gin martinis? That would be both sacrilegious and liver-destroying!)

I'm also always amazed by how much greater our parents' and grandparents' tolerance for alcohol seemed to be. I think people must just have adapted to being half-tanked all the time. It didn't seem to be a problem, though - Winston Churchill won WWII on two or three bottles of champagne a day, plus assorted whiskeys and other cocktails.

There are so many great possiblities for this swap - coasters, napkins, glassware, barware, towels, recipe books, bar decor, Ann Taintor-style photos... I can hardly wait!

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Monthly theme Dotee doll swap starts JAN 2015 on: February 28, 2015 04:41:01 PM
"The Ocean" would be good, too. Or maybe "Outer Space", "Childhood Friends", "Fairytales" or "Under the Microscope". Okay, that's way too many suggestions to be useful at the last minute. Sorry about that.

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies on: February 27, 2015 06:36:29 PM
Artsycandice, you have the BEST fabrics! I would never have imagined such a bold print could be meditative, but it is!

Finally, I can stop envying everyone else's wonderful stuff here (and it is an AMAZING Gallery!) because I've received my first flag! Cheesy

cmarion3 used her new machine-of-a-thousand-stitches to create this "silence" flag. I had to include the tiny card she attached because it's so nice. Inside, it says "Sh-h-h-h... quiet...silence... it's silent in the woods."  Cheesy

She's stitched the lettering onto organza ribbon in matching thread, so it's almost invisible. One ribbon says "quiet", one "silence" and the third "sh-h-h-h"! And of course, a little scattering of those green seed beads that are the trademark of this set of flags.

I won't show the back because I'm sure it'sa faux pas to show the reverse side of someone else's embroidery and anyway the photo doesn't do it justice, but I love it nearly as much as the front. You get to see the gorgeous dupioni silk that's almost entirely hidden on the front, and the leaf pattern stitching shows so well. There are also a few lines of self-colour leaf stitching that don't show on the front at all, so it's like she did them just for the back. Wink

Thanks so much for this - I can hardly wait to get more!

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies on: February 25, 2015 04:43:25 PM
Love the free-hand stitching on the lotus! What a great idea to go over it with several related colours of thread - it gives it so much depth.

And the "Perseverance" vines are wonderful. I never think of couching until I see someone else doing it, and then I remember how much I like it!

You're exactly right, Stellato, that "luminous" flag is just like boro. I didn't think of that at all when I was doing it, but now it's quite obvious, both in the rows of stitching and in the muted colours.

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