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1  Re: Garden/Outdoor Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by P_E_S_T on: June 28, 2015 11:28:05 AM
I owe the largest apology and the biggest thanks to my delightful partner BronzFrog.
I have had a bit of a tough time at home over the last 3 weeks, my son fractured his foot so severely that he has needed quite a scary operation Sad
Hence, I have had my head full of that and have not been able to prioritise time for photo taken.

However, you must all know that I was made the most gorgeous wonderful garden chime full of colour and fire and sunshinyness - and you will ALL fall in love with it. I have a very sacred space in my garden where I go to hang out when the world gets a tad overwhelming, and it is so fitting that this piece of sunshine hangs above me and reminds me that after rain - always comes the sun.
Thankyou so much gorgeous Bronzfrog - and I have every hope, that your parcel (after its re-route back to me in the UK) will be with you this week
xxx



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2  Re-loved Book, A pagan year in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by P_E_S_T on: June 16, 2015 03:43:17 AM
I was in the scrap swap recently, and was overjoyed when I was paired up with wulf. I just knew as soon as I had him as a partner that I wanted to make him something that would mirror his love of all the pagan themed swaps.

I have made many of these... what I like to call, re-loved books.. but I have to say this was my most favourite so far. The book begins with a Pagan year wheel, and continues with each double spread representing a different pagan festival. The pages are not traditional pagan colours or themes, but instead personal expressions as to how I experience each festival. The edge of each page grouping, is set of with a charm which dangle on the outside of the book

Nice and pic heavy for those of you that like a good peruse Smiley
Front page and Pagan Wheel






Yule (blues, winter, self reflecting)



Imbolc. (Lighting up the dark, inspiration sparks, starting with nothing)



Beltane (Frivolity, Maypoles, Dancing, Warming up the grumps of winter)


Litha (fire, passion, mystery, Lust )


Lammas (harvest, within and without, return to self, celebration)



Samhain (Innocence versus deceit, hiding, containing, secrets, mysteries)




Back page, and always a space to show case something very special. This whole book was about a journey through the year, and being a psychotherapist, I have a great affection for all of lifes journeys. None more complex and difficult to manage than the individual discoveries and paths we must travel whilst also trying to steer our relationships. I had asked Wulf to send me a photo of himself and it just set a lovely scene for the rest of the pieces. The backgrounds are very intentionally made from papers and fabrics that are dissected then brought together to create a whole. Then we have lots of symbolic pieces, a little bottle containing stars labeled - potential, a reminder perhaps that everything - the good and the difficult moments, are full of potential. A little heart up in the corner that says made with love. The tree in the bottom right corner, resembling the roots and foundations of our journeys.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at this as much as I enjoyed making it. But of course, only Wulf gets to touch and fully experience it.






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3  Kantha stitched Bird Danglies in Needlework: Completed Projects by P_E_S_T on: May 16, 2015 01:50:38 PM
I was recently in the bird swap, and it was an ideal opportunity to make something inspired by Kantha stitching.
Kantha, is a very easy form of sewing, and is essentially rows and rows of little running stitches. By putting them in different directions you can create a lot of texture.
You tend to use kantha with a "sandwich" of fabric, your top layer, a thick wedge layer and then your backing. This density means your stitches also pull the fabic in, and - in the case of these little tiny art pieces - kantha-ring around the bird has meant that the bird "pads" out.

You can see the Kantha stitching better in this picture. Yummy textures all created with the simple running stitch


These two pieces were a king fisher and a sissor-tailed flycatcher. I have a dear friend who does metal stamping and I had her stamp some little tags with the words "King" and "fisher", and I found an old necklace in a thrift store with a fish on it that was just perfect for one. Then the words "sissor" and "tailed" for the flycatcher.



I hung them from one of my handmade beads - which are all made from scraps, scrap fabrics and scrap beads re-purposed from unwanted jewellery.

The whole thing was then bordered with some long recycled sari ribbon which I have donated to me from my lovely friend in India who runs a womens refuge. There, they take old saris and turn them into yarn and long ribbons. I get all the off cuts that even they cant use Smiley

I really enjoyed doing these pieces, and will most certainly be making some more. Kantha works wonders on small spaces Smiley

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4  Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists Spring 2015 - Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by P_E_S_T on: May 09, 2015 11:03:22 PM
Oh Cmouse, making your package up was so much fun. And I love to spoil people.
this was my most favourite parcel I have made to date. Smiley

Just to show the tags were in the "sewing" theme as well. Here is the front of them.  Cmouse has a homestead with some chickens, and so I used paper and little sewn wings to make up some tags for future swaps Smiley


Also - and I admit I am blowing my own trumpet Smiley
If you want to see the fairy garden project you can go here ---- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439267.0

The pillows, which I would love to say are hand stitched, but Im not that patient. Its free motion machine quilted... is here...... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439266.0

and the box. Which is made up from my new addiction of making scrap fabric. is here....... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439268.0

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5  Indian vase from scraps in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by P_E_S_T on: May 09, 2015 10:58:42 PM
Oh I love playing with scraps. and this project was no exception. SOme of you will have seen from a post earlier this year, that I have a barn where amongst many things - I run a group for Upcycling crafts.
This project came from scouring the net for ideas as to what to do with all the scraps, from the scraps !!!

I have a lovely lady, who runs a womens refuge in India. In order to raise funds, they repurpose old saris into yarn and silk ribbons.  She often sends me bags of the bits even they cant use.


I watched this tutorial on you tube for some inspiration and just played and played.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykf4kwCqFgg

Essentially, you need to get a little basket by your machine and start saving everything. The threads you cut off, the little shreads you trip. The ends of ribbon that you would normally chuck. Save it all.
Then iron it all onto fusable lining. Just group it in random patterns and iron it all on.
Then, lay a piece of cheap organza over the top. It needs to be the cheap stuff NOT silk organza, as you need to be able to burn it.

Take your sewing machine and use every single stitch pattern you have to create lines and lines of funky patterns.

Finally, grab your heat tool and melt away the organza. You are left with little patches of it here and there, which personally I love - but you could go overboard and melt it all if you need to.


you end up with a piece of fabric that you can do lovely things with. Im seeing bags, and boxes emerging !
cut mine out into a simple box shape, embellished it with seed beads and then lined it, to make this holder for crochet hooks and knitting needles.


Amazing what you can reclaim from your bin isnt it Smiley
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6  Fairy garden accessories in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by P_E_S_T on: May 09, 2015 10:47:15 PM
Oh I just love fairies, and I love stalking craftster partners. And when you can stalk craftster partners and you end up with fairies - Well, its just the best day ever !
My latest swappee was a newbie in the yarnies v sewers swap, and when I read that she would like (in the future) to have a little spot for fairies in her garden. I just knew I had to make some accessories.
Cue me on complete fairy overload Smiley

First off, some spare wings, they do get torn so easily. these are made using a new technique Ive learnt. I love love love free motion stitching, and when you combine it with some soluble fabric and organza, you end up with a stiff product that could be wings, leaves etc etc.



Then I decided to felt the fairies some hats - You know, just in case they wanted a day out


Of course it wouldnt be faery ville without mushrooms. And these little toadstool cushions, I hope will soften the load on any fairy bottom


A little bunting perhaps for a fairy party ?


And finally, a little wittling and a couple of prop sticks from which to hang the bunting, or the fairy wing washing line


There are no words to express how much I loved making this little set Smiley
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7  Pillow art :) in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by P_E_S_T on: May 09, 2015 10:39:50 PM
I was recently paired up with a newbie craftster in the sewing v yarnie swap. and as you all know, i do love to spoil - especially newbies !!!
She is a lovely lady and has a 3 year old daughter who I just knew I wanted to work into this swap. I asked my partner to get her daughter to draw me a self portrait and a picture of her family.

With a little bit of artistic license, I used my free motion quilting foot and a plethera of scraps to make these cushions Smiley


Here is the self portrait in its original form.....


and the pillow that matches

You can see that I turned a couple of the block scribbles into a chicken and a crown


and here is the original family portrait


and once again, my take on this Smiley


I just loved making these, I hope you like them x
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8  Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists Spring 2015 - Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by P_E_S_T on: May 09, 2015 01:40:31 PM
So i received from our lovely newbie swapper Smiley Cmouse01

She made me a gorgeously colourful butterfly, which reminded me of one I got a year ago or so, so they shall live together I think upon my wall Smiley My tattoo was the influence for this crochet crescendo Smiley


Then I had asked for some little bags for my barn. She sewed these a different way to what I was expecting, but as always - surprises bring the best gifts, and these will make wonderful cases for the plethera of pencils and pens in the barn. She was kind enough to include some zips - so I will pop them in soon


Thankyou for letting me swap with the newbie, it is always fun to welcome somebody into this mad world.
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9  Re: OTBT - One Tiny Bird Thing - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by P_E_S_T on: May 09, 2015 01:36:41 PM
I received both of my lovely "birds" this week.
First up a gorgeous little painting by Blupaisan. who also sent me a recipe to add to my collection.


And then this lovely little dotee by Ludi. I love the colours. Do we know who the lady is ?


Both of my lovely bits will be going into my Barn - you should see it now girlies, its like a shrine to Craftster Smiley
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10  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by P_E_S_T on: April 21, 2015 04:38:27 AM
It's here it's here Smiley
My prayer flag from SonjaBoo
I love it - so vibrant and rich.
And I love that it's about diversity !!! My big soap box topic at the mo is all about diversity
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