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1  Re: Stitched mandala swap gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 17, 2016 05:42:46 PM
Technically the actual mandala is only 5", it's just surrounded by lot of other stuff, lol!

I leave it to you to judge the honesty of that statement:

I suggested that I'd like something I could apply to a cushion cover, and I gave a dimension of about 16 inches. So what did I get? A sixteen inch diameter piece of embroidery! Shocked

This is the "actual mandala", which is about 5" in diameter.

But a few photos can't begin to show the splendor of the rest surrounding spiral part of the mandala. Just look at this:

The richly varied background fabrics are all covered with a huge variety of embroidery stitches, some of which blend with the colours and some contrast beautifully with them. And the whole thing is set off by one arm of the spiral being in white-on-white, which was one of the ideas on my questionnaire list. But knowing that craftylittlemonkey loves colour so much, I told her to ignore that one. I'm so glad she didn't!

Thank you so much for this, and I can hardly wait to sew it up into a cushion. It's something I'll never get tired of.

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2  Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 15, 2016 05:44:30 PM
I do have a photo of the pie badge. It shows the filling a bit better, although it doesn't show how glittery the sequin cherries are in real life. Cheesy

So glad it arrived safely, Bec. And I love the owl badge - what a great shape!

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3  Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 10, 2016 01:43:16 PM
I finally received from bec99 in Australia! (My package to her must now be the last one outstanding.)

I received this tiny goose badge because of a board on my Pinterest account where I collect images of gnomes riding geese. It's research for a future project, and this determined little goose will be perfect to keep reminding me that I need to start working on it!

Bec also sent a lovely Australia magnet, and a packet of strong Aussie tea.

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4  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R7! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 28, 2016 05:42:20 PM
I've been waiting impatiently for an antipodean package in the Felt Badge Swap, and somehow had forgotten all about the TM Patch swap. Embarrassed So it made it an even greater pleasure to unpack this bulging envelope from fatewineroses this morning.

The two patches are brilliant. First, this portrait and quote of the late Harvey Milk. Cherie noticed him on one of my Pinterest boards and quite correctly decided I need to have him on a patch.

Then, from my list, "Cocktail Hour". I love both the title and the slogan lettering, and the mad, mad "smart people", with their jackets and ties and sleeveless cocktail gowns.

Just in case you weren't already awestruck by the embroidery here...

But then there were the extras and the "supplies kit". They almost upstage those wonderful patches:

First, some fabrics, ranging from plain broadcloth to a wonderful coffee-themed print.

Then a selection of ribbons and trims. Get a load of that embroidered ric-rac, and the kitchen-themed gros-grain!

But wait, there's more! Look at this collection of buttons and other stuff. Note the restroom token (How did you know I collect tokens?) and the laser-cut "lovely" lettering. In the middle are two round canvas tags, waiting to be decorated.

And finally, just to keep this from being just another boring swap package, she included two collector cards showing the work of fantasy artists! (Michael Whelan and Rowena Merrill, if you're wondering.)

This is an absolutely awesome package - one of those that I can scarcely believe is all mine. Thanks so much for this! Kiss

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5  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.

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6  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!

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7  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

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8  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

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9  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.

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10  Re: Felt Badge Swap (SU May 17 - May 28, SO June 27) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED 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.

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