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1  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls - Round 11 (send out 11/04) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by patchworkdragon on: November 10, 2010 08:06:30 PM
I got my final dotee today, from Pixiefirefly




I love the sparkle of her glitter swirls and the beads in her tail.  And all the purple.
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2  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls - Round 11 (send out 11/04) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by patchworkdragon on: November 08, 2010 09:31:25 PM
I got my dotee from smmarrt today.



The town I live in isn't on the map as such, because it's an 'unincorporated community' whatever that means.  But she totally got the point of the heart right on my house so it's all good.

I love the yarn of her hair, the color is totally the color I painted my bedroom at my parents house, a very pleasant flashback.  And for some reason I am totally in love with her little FEET! Just, the way the green wire sort of outlines the shape of the bead, I don't know.

Thank you so much, and thanks for the cute inserts too!
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3  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls - Round 11 (send out 11/04) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by patchworkdragon on: November 07, 2010 11:11:00 AM
This lovely lady was waiting for me when I got back from work on Friday. 



She came from clovergrace.  I love the little dress made from flower petals, and the jeweled belt.

But most especially I love the wings, so nicely shaped and the sparklies are perfect for her



ps: I hope the pictures show up, all the craftster hosted images seem to be hit or miss from my end this morning.

Thanks so much!
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4  Re: I Heart Headbands! Swap in The Swap Gallery by patchworkdragon on: October 05, 2010 04:14:10 PM
I got my two international headbands over the weekend while I was away at a con, so here's the pictures now:

from purringcat is a cute band with Japanese (?) bunnies, that will go great with jeans.  It's cleverly done with a button and elastic loop in back, giving it just enough stretch to be comfortable



and from laddyb88 a wider kerchief style in a sparkly floral print; I love the glitter, and it fits perfectly with covered elastic strap in back.



Thanks so much, both of you.  They both wear well and hide my horrible hairline perfectly.

I hope the ones I send you arrive ok, especially since I messed up and sent you each others  Undecided  Thanks again for fixing my mistake and swapping them to the right person

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5  Re: Craft My Pet Gallery (Send Out 9/24/10) in The Swap Gallery by patchworkdragon on: October 05, 2010 07:57:26 AM
My package arrived while I was away at a Con, isn't that always how the post office does it?

I LOVE the painting of Val.  It's a perfect image of her personality, and the way she always hides her feetses.  The crown is there in real life actually, it just doesn't show up on cameras so I'm not sure how TheSavoyTruffle knew to paint it Smiley


I think Val is flattered at how this glamorous painting strips at least 5 pounds off her actual size.


The full package:



The small items were a sketch of each cat done in pastels on black paper.  Very vibrant and great character.




Both cats like the catnip ball, through they haven't figured out how to play with unless I'm holding it.  They want to rub their faces on it and it just rolls away.

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The treats were a hit as well, Val keeps chewing on my fingers even after she's eaten the treat


Thanks so much, I love everything in the package!
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6  Re: I Heart Headbands! Swap in The Swap Gallery by patchworkdragon on: September 28, 2010 07:44:32 AM
I got my first headband from athena394 Saturday, but I was in an all-day class and this was my first chance to post.


I love the shape, it's perfect how it tapers to be narrow enough to lie flat under my hair in back.  And the workmanship is so clean, when I make them for myself I'm always sloppy with raw edges and visible stitching in back.

And the math flower is so gorgeous and cool, with the phi and integral symbols.  

Very sadly when I put it on my head, it cracked and one of the phi's fell off, I didn't even notice until I was looking at the picture.  But it's ok.  The math flower now decorates the binder I carry at work, and without the emblem the headband is fully reversible.  I've worn it on both sides already and gotten lots of complements.

Thank you so much!

Another angle


The inside is as cool as the outside


What it looks like on me.  Please ignore the demon eyes.


a closeup of the math flower

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7  Re: DIY Craft Kit Rd 12 in The Swap Gallery by patchworkdragon on: August 07, 2010 10:54:01 AM
I got my fillet crochet kit from raesmom



There's four balls of cotton, a little box with pins, a set of hooks, a padded board for pinning, and an instructions book.  plus the sample piece with a cute ladybug.

I love the touch of putting a dragon on the cover of the instructions book.

sorry it took me a couple of days to post, bad week at work and I didn't manage to open the package until last night.
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8  Butterfly mitts in Crochet: Completed Projects by patchworkdragon on: July 03, 2010 08:37:34 PM
My first successful pair of mitts.  I have no circulation so my hands get very cold, and I need something I can type and mouse in at work.



I put a rolled up pillowcase inside to show the butterfly better


Because it's hard to take a picture of your own hand!


I used this free pattern: http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2009/09/suzies-butterfly-mitts-c.html

My only changes were to do one extra round of ribbing at the top for my long hands, and to do 13 sc in the thumbs instead of 12 - no matter how many times I tried, I couldn't make 12 look right without having a lumpy decrease.

The yarn is Simply Soft paints.  I started out trying with a black yarn, but I couldn't count the stitches in black on black and gave up.

I bought two skeins and worked on both mitts at once, doing a couple of rounds on one and then stitching.  It's the only way I could make them come out the same.

As far as wearbility goes, the butterfly stitch sort of makes a gather, so it pulls it tight where some gloves would have a button.  great design feature, it fits nicely when I move my hands.  I thought at first it would look better with the butterfly higher on the back of the hand, but it would act like a decrease on the broadest part of my hand so I guess not.

I want to try the same design with a sock yarn so it's less bulky, but obviously it will require altering the pattern to have more stitches per round.
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9  Satyr stuffie - needs a name! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by patchworkdragon on: August 13, 2008 11:15:29 PM
Here's a little guy I finished a while back.  By little, I mean about 14" tall.  One day I saw this amazing fur, with a pattern of leaves overlapping one another.  I know the moment I saw it that it must be the legs of a Satyr of some sort.  I'm a little disappointed that once it was crafted the fur just looks like camo, you can't see that it's a real leaf pattern rather than blurry splotches.  So I'm afraid it looks more like a commando satyr than one who communes with trees, which has made it difficult for me to find a name for him.



He's the first time I've used bonsai wire as a frame, and it's really great.  It bends so smoothly, and doesn't get weird when you have to straighten and rebend it.




Overall I'm very happy with him.  I started from a pattern for a stuffed horse, but quickly tossed it and did it all by randomly making rough drafts out of scrap fabric until it looked more goatlike.  For his chest I made a quilted "shirt" so he could have muscles, and slipped that over his body.



You may notice he has no mouth.  I've never done a mouth I liked on any stuffie, so now I just leave them off. Grin (and why isn't there a mouthless smiley?)
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