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1  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R7! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 08, 2016 02:55:03 PM
It's great seeing them all in a stream - I especially love the antique telescope! I hope you'll let us see the sewn-together science quilt.

Because there may (or may not) be a Canada Post lock-out (or strike) on Monday, I sent mine off to fatewineroses by Expedited Mail on Wednesday. It should be safely across the border well ahead of any postal shut-down here. RovingAnarchist and I just decided to avoid the whole thing and meet up to exchange packages, since we live in the same city.

She made two quite small borderless patches (I find I really like the little ones!) that are so perfect for me:





Did you dye the fabric on the tree patch just for this, Milo, or did it just happen to be so perfect? The dense, black stitching is very lush and textural, too.

But that's not all - there were extras:



A quarter-meter of cocktail print fabric that is so fantastic, I can't stop looking at it. I don't know what I'm going to make out this, but it'll be spectacular! Cheesy



One of the advantages of exchanging in person is that she could give me an entire package of fleece! I actually didn't have any of the right thickness for patches, so I've been faking it with some rayon batting I had, but it's not right either. Now I can make 1,000,000 patches! Cheesy And there are crewel needles (perfect for fat floss stitching), needle threaders (embarrassingly needed) and some DMC floss. Believe it or not, the red is exactly the colour I was wishing I'd had for one of the patches I sewed! It was a great help that RovingAnarchist and I finally got to meet at the Craftster meet-up a couple weeks ago. She knew exactly what I wanted, and I hope I got hers right, too.

Wulf
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2  Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 06, 2016 09:06:05 AM
Wonderful stuff piling up here in the Gallery! I could never have imagined felt could be used in so many wonderful ways. I received from isaacmom01 on Monday:



I love the simplicity of this badge, with the tree and the colours for the four elements. Thanks so much for this, and I hope yours arrives quickly!

Wulf
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3  Re: Fabric Art Journals Page Swap #5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 23, 2016 06:46:38 PM
Alwaysinmyroom obviously had a lot of fun with the page I received from her yesterday. One of the semi-random words I threw onto my list was "soup", and this was the result:



It's brilliant, charming, and very funny! I'm looking forward to thanking you in person for this, Linda, at our Craftster Meet-up tomorrow in Hamilton. Kiss

Wulf
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4  Re: Fabric Art Journals Page Swap #5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 13, 2016 05:39:07 PM
I would love to see a close-up of the stitching.



I thought I was being clever, stitching the f over top of the picture fringe, but as soon as it was off the hoop the fabric flexed and the fringe popped out in front.  Angry

Wulf
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5  Re: Fabric Art Journals Page Swap #5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 10, 2016 07:18:56 PM
Whew! I realized this evening that I'd once again somehow missed the Gallery entirely, and fourteen pages had piled up on me! So it was a bit exhausting to get through, but what a fabulous avalanche of wonderful pages. I was going to pick favourites, but I just can't - there are too many great ones.

I received from Yofi today. She took my "trees" theme and took it in an interesting direction:



The tree trunk is a very textural ultrasuede, and the copper leaves look like wire but are actually stitched with fine metallic thread. I love the arched frame and the two bees. I wonder if "Beech" was intended as a kind of pun, or am I just seeing that? Either way, it makes me smile!

Thanks for this - it gives me a whole new set of ideas for future pages.

Wulf
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6  Re: Felt Badge Swap (SU May 17 - May 28, SO June 27) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Wulf on: June 03, 2016 07:36:31 PM
The thing I like about using wool felt is that you can cut very small pieces and it holds together. Acrylic felt tends to disintegrate if you try to cut it very fine.

I've seen great felt badges embellished with beads, sequins and buttons, but often they just have embroidery (simple or elaborate) and felt appliqu. I did this one for a previous badge swap that was almost all done with needle-felting. That's another advantage of using wool felt.



Both my partners have such interesting things on their lists, it'll be hard to choose something. Maybe I can combine two or three each.

Wulf
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7  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 28, 2016 02:40:48 PM
Sorry I've dropped off for a few days. The last (and these really are the last) few flags to come in have been wonderful! I especially love the tiny bell on the "listen" flag, and the sheer ribbons with hearts on "Gratitude".

There are still two people who are haven't posted photos of the flags they made for themselves (you know who you are)  Wink but I'm going to go ahead and finish up posting feedback so I can clear the swap off the Active board.

SonjaBoo has had life interfere with Craftster in a big way this month, and hasn't had time to post a photo of the flag she received. Fortunately I took one before I mailed it, so I can help with that:



I wanted to show both a tiny shoot growing out of the concrete and the great tree contained within it. I wish you could hear the tiny, fairy-like tinkling of the beads, stones and charms along the bottom - it'll be quite lovely in a location with just enough air movement.

Thanks everybody for another great Prayer Flag swap!  Let's do it again in the Fall sometime.

Wulf
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8  Re: Shrine Swap Spring 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 12, 2016 05:35:51 AM
Wow, these first few shrines couldn't be more different, could they? I love the variety!

I received from StudioANF yesterday, after a bit of a struggle with UPS. American swap partners, please take note: DON'T USE UPS TO SHIP TO CANADA! I know it works well down there, but on this side of the border they're nothing but trouble. In this case, for example, they charged a $30 brokerage fee to collect $2.23 sales tax - which shouldn't have been due anyway, as it was clearly marked as a gift. And they were going to charge it twice but fortunately Nichole had warned me that she'd already paid it. Grrrr!! Angry

Anyhow, after all that I did get a whole box of shrines! I said that I didn't have room for a large shrine, so instead she sent three small ones. Cheesy



The first one is a specimen under a bell jar on a lamp fixture, surrounded by bright green moss and flowers.



But what is it a specimen of, you ask? A rare Steampunk butterfly, of course!

And it's surrounded by these delicate handmade flowers:



The second shrine is another butterfly:



And look at her clever use of a butterfly clip Cheesy to make the stand at the back:



Shrine Number 3 is a little book that opens up to reveal an Altoids tin shrine!



I love the 3-D Tarot card, and the wax seal on the other side. (There's another on the cover of the book.)

But wait, there's more! Grin



The extras included one of her beautiful watercolour paintings...



...this tiny, tiny blue dragon in a bottle, and a handful of skull beads.

I love all these! And I'm so glad I put a little extra effort into the shrine I sent, or I'd be feeling a bit inadequate! Wink

Wulf
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9  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 09, 2016 08:27:58 AM
I received my flag from SonjaBoo on Friday, but didn't know about it til last night, as I've been away for the weekend.



You can't really tell from the photo, but the two orange studs holding the butterfly are fuzzy! Cheesy The hanging letters are ingenious, and I love vintage lace of any sort.

Thanks for this!

AIMR, your idea of including a little pack of scraps for doing soluble stabilizer collage is a brilliant one. This could be a swap in itself, couldn't it?

Thanks for sharing the stories about your dad, Smmarrt. I hope your annus horribilis is behind you, and 2016 will continue better. Certainly this prayer flag is a positive way to mark it. Did anyone else notice the fabric behind the world "fortunate"? Cheesy

Elliehookd, there isn't really a pattern to share for prayer flags, as they're pretty much whatever you want to make them. But is are some useful information at the beginning of the swap thread. And you can't find a better source for ideas and tips than this Gallery!

Wulf

I think we may be done. I'm going to sit down and update the status list this afternoon to make sure. Stay tuned.
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10  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 04, 2016 01:40:19 PM
I love that the fabulousness just keeps on coming!

My partner SonjaBoo and I are both waiting to receive from each other, but here's the flag I made for myself.



You can't really see from the photo, but the little butterfly in the corner is very glossy and looks like it's just landed on the fabric.

I was intending to do something else, but I got so excited about trying that soluble stabilizer idea, that I had to do it right now. And the W.B.Yeats quote just sort of presented itself and demanded to be used.

Wulf
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