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1  Fill the Hoopla swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by JoyfulClover on: March 18, 2017 12:54:58 PM

(image by Eun-jeong Lee via Creative Dimensions)

Would anyone be interested in a 'fill the hoopla' swap? The idea being to fill 80% of the hoop with either embroidery or fabric (meaning pieces on top of the base fabric)? Maybe an 8"?

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2  Re: GALLERY! One Tiny Snarky Thing (signups 01/28/17-02/09/17 with S.O. 02/27/17) in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: March 08, 2017 10:38:28 AM
I received from Sarasmile today!

Well, hello Louise Belcher!

I'm fairly positive it's a shrink-dink material/project, and I LOVE IT. Louise would say, she loves it so much, she wants to slap its face!

I super love my necklace, Sarasmile, and I'm already wearing it!
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3  Re: Undercover Fandom Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: March 04, 2017 07:49:14 AM
I would never do this before shipping, but when I opened my package from fatewineroses, I KNEW this sucker was going to wash really well. I absolutley love the heavy distressed look, and how the paint and fibers relaxed:

Doesn't it just look amazeballs?

Also, I checked out the steam-a-seam and am going to try it out! Thanks for the direction, pioneer9!

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4  Re: Undercover Fandom Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: March 02, 2017 07:26:13 PM
I received from the super talented fatewineroses today, and frankly had a hard time deciding posting order. What's a girl to do, right?

I crush Jem and the Holograms HARD. As an extra, she picked up this sweet little comic for me:

I flipped through it quickly, and love how stylized the characters are. I can't wait to sit down with a big cuppa to read this weekend!

fatewineroses stitched up this tribute to Daria, and Sick, Sad World. I'm relatively sure there was some felting of the layers as well. The colors and stitching are terrific:

Oh, Daria. How I love your eternal RBF and strong sense of self.

Have you ever read a book where the characters were so vivid, when something tragic happened your heart clenched in your chest? And then 'cuz you're a wee bit twisted, you finished the paragraph, and then went back to read the passage again to get that full saturation, round dos? Well, Pierce Browns' Red Rising series does that for me. Repeatedly.

A double-sided tote:

And the flip-side:

Red Rising propaganda! I can't wait to throw my support behind the uprising! Team Darrow!

And finally. Man. I just can't say how much I love this hoop.
Emily the Strange and her 4 cats speak to me. And fatewineroses stitched this amazing piece of art just for me:

(I typically don't crop photos like this, but free photo hosting means you loose some detail, so I sacrificed some edges to capture the topic and execution.) Emily's cats each have an different look, and she made sure to highlight each. She even included her hair highlights, and the curve of her punk boots. The detailing on the tree is just supurb.

I am now lucky enough to have TWO Emily pieces. I've never wanted to hug inanimate objects more. But you shouldn't, cuz they're not puppies, people!

Thank you, fatewineroses. You are so talented! And you shared it with me!
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5  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2017 in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: February 28, 2017 04:36:45 AM
gala_apples contacted me with a request and I suggested a personal fandom swap, since we were already shipping! Makes sense, ya?

A Goonies soft cotton shirt in happy green:

A Firefly/Serenity quote using Joss Whedons' song lyrics, also on a soft melon (photo looks raspberry, but it's not!) shirt:

And finally, a layered, graphic with Nebula's line from Guardians of the Galaxy. It's on hard canvas cardstock:

She also included a brilliant handmade card to enclose with her gift (get it? Apples?).

Thank you so much, gala_apples, for being patient with me for posting photos!

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6  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap Round 8!! in New Swap Theme Ideas by JoyfulClover on: February 21, 2017 04:18:50 PM
Have y'all seen thread quilting? A local artist had a full quilt at the festival last year. I have a mild obsession with wildlife, so the combo of fabric, thread, and topic made me lose.My. MIND.

I am wiggling with some fabric to duplicate the technique. Any tips/tricks?
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7  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: January 14, 2017 05:05:23 PM
I knew if I waited long enough, I would find the perfect frame to use for the mini masterpieces Sederick drew:

Frame was low, low price ($3.25). I covered the original print in star fabric, and eyeballed placement of the art cards. I love how it turned out, and may take it into work, but for now I'm loving it at home.

Thanks, Sederick!
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8  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2016 in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: December 21, 2016 06:42:31 AM
Oh craftylittlemonkey. Are you for serious with my package?

I'm on vacation this week with family in town, but I swung by work and picked up my package (read: incessantly called to find out if it arrived). We were on our way to adventure, but I couldn't wait, so opened my Fort Knox box while sitting in my car in the parking lot. And it is a glorious package indeed!

I have a huge obession with non-primary colors, and good-grief-at-a-makers-parade, are these ever wonderful!

The first of two slowcloth pieces:

My sister and I both said this reminds us of the beach. Don't they look like pebbles? She did multiple reverse appliques in so many different colors! The beach is a big deal in our family. I love this.

Here is a night circus piece of monocromatic colors:

Originally, I was so focused on the two different black patterns, and stitch color and stitches, I was buried in an upside down forrest! I was gushing and my sister leans over and tries to show me something, but I just verbally crush her, ignoring what she is saying. Finally she takes it and flips it, saying...uhhhh, I think you have it upside down.

Wait, what?

Ohhhhhhhh. IT IS! DO YOU SEE IT? It's a mountain range with a high moon! Then I cackled like a macaroon when I realized how stuck I had been over the stitches I hadn't yet noticed the scene! (but I would have, promise)

In the slowcloth swap thread, craftylittlemonkey had posted about these little fabric beads (I will update with link later), which I just adore. And she made FIVE!

Natural light:

Horrid flash, but shows all the deep, rich colors:

Stunning, right? Each one of these suckers are so stinkin detailed, I can barely stand it. Also...I feel as if CLM has this scrappy thing DOWN, and I am still a wee bebe. Because mine were not like this. *sigh* these are utter perfection.

Buuuut, not quite yet. Because the platinum medal (better than gold) goes to this sweet little pixie:

*nodding* yeah, what you're thinking! Just that awesome! Made of beads, and fabric, floss, and tigertail. CAN YOU SEE THE SHOES? In a little summer tube dress, with a yoga eye - hamsa, for luck and strength -  in one hand. I don't know if this was intentional, but yoga is.my.JAM., so this little one makes me verra happy.

If all the previous were not enough, she also sent a neat tissue holder in spring colors for my purse:

As well as extra fabric squares in great colors:

craftylittlemonkey - is it possible to be jealous of my own package!? If so, I am! Thank you so much for your thoughtful and carefully curated gifts to me. I am very lucky, and see I need to push even more outside my creative box. Stop penning me in, box!  Thank you, again!


Edit: here is the link she dropped for the beads:


The author talks about using fabric and batting, and you can tell she layers the cloth and finishes the ends with either blanket or whip stitch.

But the tutorial she sells shows she also uses a tube, which is a money solution to stitch around. I used a hard plastic straw from the popular cups now:

One thinks, easy peasy, right? Well, each one of mine took 2.5 hrs. And craftylittlemonkey made FIVE. glory be!
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9  Re: Creepy Christmas gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: December 09, 2016 02:24:02 PM
Hey hannabear!

I'm so happy Soot arrived alive! But I see he went straight French with his knitted hat! It was supposed to sit beanie style, but it must have shifted during shipping:

It seems as if hats are troublesome beasts!

I REALLY enjoyed making him for you. Thank you for being open to something seemingly cranky and grumpy! It was so freeing to be able to make something a little different.


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10  Re: Creepy Christmas gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: December 08, 2016 06:19:39 PM
I received on Monday from hannabear, and I'm stumped to say either of these are considered to be medium or small! So, in no particular order, I received a stellar box of creepy!

Check out my sandworm stocking!

The whole thing is close to 2 feet long! Zoinks! What a great functional item! She chose a super soft material, in non-primary colors - cream, olive, burgandy (YAY!). The construction is incredible, with two mouths, a fin, red buttons, moss green eyes, and hand-formed, individual teeth - some even striped!

Here is a better close up:

Look at those piped lips!  Even my co-worker noticed the attention to detail - there's a loop for hanging! Annnnnnd, the whole thing is lined. Not kidding. Seriously impressive construction. I sew, and this was not just an easy kick-out.

Before showing the second item, I'll give a little hint! hannabear also painted me a beautifully, strange watercolor!

Look! A grumpy mandrake! The dreamy quality of the watercolor of a favorite strange creature made me happy indeed!

Can you guess what the second item is?

IT'S A WEE MINI MANDRAKE! He looks like he's been fired, and I lost a significant period of time checking out her blog, so I'm 99% certain he is a handcrafted pottery piece straight from her studio!

SQUEE!...and, if that wasn't enough, she made him a miniature Santa hat for his cold noodle, and sent tiny lights so he can be cranky-festive! (just don't try to pick him up):

hannabear - thank you so much for being an incredibly thoughtful partner, and putting so much time into what was supposed to be an easy peasy swap. I'm so appreciative and I'm thrilled to have been partnered with you. I have already tried filling the worm with a couple different items so I can justify year round use! And the mandrake is going to work to be my grumpy desk-mate!

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