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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Garden/Outdoor Swap (SU closed; SO 6/9/15) on: May 26, 2015 10:06:20 PM
Checking in ..... Checking it ......
Just finished an angel package and now I'm allllll yours
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists Spring 2015 - Gallery on: May 26, 2015 10:04:38 PM
Sweeeeeeeet Smiley
Angel package on its way to a puzzled penguin Smiley
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTBT - One Tiny Bird Thing - GALLERY on: May 16, 2015 01:51:48 PM
Ludi, I have long wanted to make you something beautiful !!
I have posted up a thread on these, as they were lots of fun to make x So if you want to see more photos you can pop your eyes over here ------
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kantha stitched Bird Danglies 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

5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Garden/Outdoor Swap (SU closed; SO 6/9/15) on: May 13, 2015 11:00:54 PM
I knew I shouldn't have looked at the new swaps !!! Darn it, I'm going to have to be in !

It made me smile to see you talking about snails, my son is a very typical dyslexic child and has experiments all over his room. Last year during his school project term, which he decided to do on snails ---/ we had a tank set up in his room where he was able to learn about his snails. Cue mating snails and 500 eggs !!!!!

We bought him a giant African land snail for his birthday this year.

I shall fill out my questionnaire as soon as I'm back from dropping wee folk at school
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTBT - One Tiny Bird Thing - GALLERY on: May 13, 2015 10:53:20 PM
Yay Smiley one down, one to go Smiley.
The bird is printed on fabric, then I have kantha stitched around it with some padding. This gives it a textural border and "lifts" the picture.
The materials used are, like all of my bits - old trash Smiley. Including the large fabric bead - which is one of many that I'm obsessively making.
So glad they have begun to arrive !
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTBT - One Tiny Bird Thing - GALLERY on: May 13, 2015 12:07:35 PM
Loving seeing everything explode !!! And noticing annoyance that my "UK" parcels are always so long In arriving !
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Fairy garden accessories on: May 10, 2015 09:00:02 AM
I have never wanted a fairy garden as much as I do at this moment....you are so creative & talented! I makes me want a baby girl to make a fairy garden with Smiley
Brandyk, you don't need a baby girl to have a fairy garden Wink just have one ! I always have had one
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists Spring 2015 - Gallery 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

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Indian vase from scraps 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.

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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