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181  Re: Handspun Yarn & Fiber Swap Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: July 24, 2009 04:17:25 PM
I thought I would share some yarn I spun from roving I received from freestyle. I call it Turquoise Dream. It is 30 yards of mill ends,mohair and silk roving plyed with some bamboo I had spun previously.


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182  Re: Handspun Yarn & Fiber Swap Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: July 19, 2009 01:27:13 PM
I received a wonderful package from freestlye on Thursday that is full of beautiful fiber. I am so excited to use the rovings and batts!!!

First up: the rovings...
Roving 1: a mix of mill ends, mohair and silk that freestyle blended on her hackle

Roving 2: superwash merino

Roving 3: I don't remember what this was- but I love the earthy color combo.

Next, the batts...
Batt 1: a mix of mill ends and alpaca. This batt is sooo soft!

Batt 2: a mix of blue and orange merino

Batt 3: merino and firestar

Batt 4: merino and firestar. Both of the last two batts are so glittery and fun!!

And to top everything off- a hand dyed skein of yarn in a fun red and orange color. This yarn is a blend of silk,mohair and wool

Thank you so much for everything freestyle, you are a wonderful partner!!!
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183  Re: Summer Fill a Flat Rate box swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: July 19, 2009 01:03:34 PM
I received an excellent package from Pupper this week, full of fun craft supplies.

First up- She sent me a bunch of craft books, plastic canvas, extra envelopes, copper foil, polymer and modeling clay, scrapbook papers and scratchboard paper- which I've never used before, but I can't wait to try.

Next is a collection of yarn, pipe cleaners, pop tabs, hot pink feathers, glitter, embroidery floss, thread and a bunch of small craft kits.

And lastly, a set of acrylic paints and palette paper.

Thank you so much for everything, Pupper!
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184  Re: Summer Fill a Flat Rate box swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: July 13, 2009 12:08:40 PM
I received a wonderful box of goodies from katilady this weekend. She did a great job on her first swap and I cannot wait to use everything she sent.

First up is a collection of awesome paper ephemera like stamps, old letters, Asian themed paper, mullberry paper,music sheets and a Frank Lloyd Wright calendar.

Next is some awesome mixed media craft books and supplies like scrabble tiles, old photographs and altoid tins.

More art supplies including a handcarved stamp!

And finally bamboo knitting needles, bamboo yarn, soap and buttons.

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185  DIY Hackle in Spinning: Completed Projects by LeapFeetFirst on: June 10, 2009 07:19:19 PM
Using the instructions and videos I found on Yarn Zombie, I created my own hackle. This project was really easy and cheap to do- my favorite type of project!! The hardest part was finding the right combs, but after the third dollar store, I was finally able to find what I was looking for.

Here is a close up shot of the completed hackle.

A wider shot. I just use clamps to hold it to my table or counter top.

Here are some before, in process and after shots I took of some Sheep Shed Studio roving I dyed myself. I think I might have felted the fiber a little bit, so this was a good way to separate the fibers as well as blend the colors.

Fiber Before:

The hackle loaded with fiber. I got about one ounce of fiber on my hackle before it got too full. I think I am going to build a larger version so I can blend more fibers.

Another shot of the loaded hackle.

Using a button as a diz to pull the fiber off the hackle.

Half way through the process. I am going from right to left in this picture. You will leave some fiber behind as you pull the fibers through the diz/button

The after shot of blended roving

The fiber before and after:

And the fiber that is left on the hackle.

As of right now I have just been pulling the extra fiber off the hackle and storing it in a bag to either felt or use when I eventually get a drum carder. If anyone has advice on how to get more fiber off with the diz and leave less fiber behind, or any other advice- it would be much appreciated!!
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186  Embroidered animal quilt blocks in Needlework: Completed Projects by LeapFeetFirst on: June 08, 2009 05:36:18 PM
My partner for the latest round of the "Invite Your Partner Swap" wanted me to make some quilt blocks with animals that represent each of her family members. I also did a koi quilt block because she had one on her wist.

First up: my favorite one- a happy little bumble bee. I love his smile Grin

I traced both the fox and bumble bee from clip art I found on Microsoft Word.

The frog and monkey came from an embroidery kit I got a few years ago.

The koi fish is an enlarged version of the one in the Doodle Stitching book.

For size reference, these were done on 8X8 squares of white quilters cotton. I used mostly stem stitch, french knots, satin stitch ,and split stitch and a fancy couching on the bumble bee.
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187  Re: Givers and Needers Swap R 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: June 08, 2009 05:25:07 PM
Here is my wonderful angel package from stereoette.

First up is a set of blank note cards that will be perfect for swaps.

Next is a measuring tape bracelet just like the one on my wish list.

And finally a really cool glass pendant as modeled by my clematis plant. This pendant is really iridescent and it is hard to get a good photo of it. I really love it though, and I have barely taken it off since I received it last week.

Thank you stereoette for being such a wonderful angel!!
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188  Re: A crafty detective gallery of sneakiness!! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: May 21, 2009 04:05:53 PM
Whew, I finally have a moment to sit down and post my wonderful package from JennyBear!

First up the beautiful origami paper that everything was wrapped in:

Two glass pendants: one with a map of my town and another with the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland.

A shrinky dink pendant based off of one on my wist:

Some really awesome spirograph gift tags. I cannot wait to use these. I might actually put some in a frame for my craft room.

Some buttons for me to craft with:

And finally, an awesome purse! I totally love this purse. I have been using it for a week now, and it is perfect. It is big enough to carry everything I need, with out being too big. I love the kangaroo pocket in the front- it is a perfect spot for my keys so I don't loose them in the bottom of the purse.

Close up of the front pocket:

Thank you JennyBear for such a wonderful, well constructed, and beautiful package. I love everything!!
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189  Re: Another Crafty Detective Swap!! send outs extended to 5-08!!! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by LeapFeetFirst on: May 14, 2009 03:39:09 PM
I received my package today!! I love everything and now I am off to do some detective work to figure out who sent me my wonderful new goodies. The only clue I have is this cryptic marking at the bottom of my letter  Grin:

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190  Re: IYP 12: The Sock Hop! gallery of awesomeness!!! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: May 09, 2009 06:36:36 PM
I recieved a wonderful package of sewn goodies from meleriffic this week. I asked her to sew some baby goodies for my soon-to-be-born nephew, and boy did she deliver

She made some burp cloths,

A taggie blanket. I love the farm fabric she used for this.


And another blanket. The pom pom trim on this one is so much fun!

As if that wasn't enough, she also made me a skirt! I am already in love with this skirt. It has a water theme to it and the fabrics are just perfect. I don't have any action shots yet, but I will take some tomorrow.

There are two fish appliques on the back too.

Thank you meleriffic for such a thoughtful and well made (the stitching and construction are impeccable on everything!!) swap package!! I am really grateful.

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