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.
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!
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:http://thesillyboodilly.blogspot.ca/2013/10/the-quilted-bead.html?m=1
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:https://www.etsy.com/listing/176783241/quilted-fabric-beads-pdf-tutorial
One thinks, easy peasy, right? Well, each one of mine took 2.5 hrs. And craftylittlemonkey made FIVE. glory be!