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41  Re: Scrappy Happy Swap -GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 15, 2015 07:20:25 PM
Okay, here goes! (A lot of pics here, so make yourself comfortable.)

The large box is filled with individual packages, each wrapped in yellow tissue with its own identifying label. The first contained a pair of these very funny coasters.


A good start. But then the next three...

A beautiful little fabric container (a bottle cozy, perhaps?), a piece of the astounding fabric it's made from, and a little pouch of the most elaborate paper beads I've ever seen. The fabric is made of torn strips of sari silks, sewn down with decorative stitches. And there was some sort of over layer of chiffon that was singed away to give it even more depth. I don't know what I'm going to do with this patch, but it'll be spectacular whatever it turns out to be! And my sister, who makes paper beads herself, is going to be very jealous of these. Cheesy

A large packet contained this stunning fabric bag. It's about 8 in. in diameter (it would nicely hold a large cantaloup) and has a drawstring top, which is beautifully set in, by the way - when I've tried to make these, this is the part that never works well!) I love the map fabric, and the colour combination is beautiful. I think it might be perfect for carrying embroidery supplies, if I can fit out the inside suitably.

But the best is still to come!

Doesn't look too amazing so far? Well, inside these modest, slightly faded covers is the most creative and, well, amazing altered book I've ever held!

The theme is the Wheel of the Year, and each of the eight Pagan seasonal festivals gets its own page. This is Yule. Just look at it! Everywhere you glance there's something extraordinary, from the image of the Raven swallowing the moon to the tag and medallion to the background images of ice and snow. And then of course there's the owl geisha applying her makeup...

Here's Litha, the summer solstice. I love that the colours are not at all the stereotypical ones that everyone (including me) usually applies to these seasons. The background painting is vibrant enough even without the sharp silhouettes of Pan and the fairy teasing a faun. (The fairy's wing seems almost like a real butterfly's wing!) And look at those beautifully painted sunflowers.

Throughout the book there are little metal charms tied to the pages: a key, a swallow, etc. Litha gets this beautiful hand-soldered spiral one.

I know I can't show every page, although I would like to, but just a couple more...

Instead of pumpkins and ghosts, Samhain (Hallowe'en) gets Zentangles and a book witch swinging a lantern. I realized I've cut off the bottom of this page here so you can't see the Camus quote at the bottom: "In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer." And isn't that Le Grand Albert himself peeping out the window there? I wonder what he's keeping inside...

There are about ten double-page spreads, each one impossibly more creative, leading up to the last and most gorgeous.

The texture around the edges is so thick and crusty you just can't stop touching it. And the tag on that little phial of stars reads "Potential". Cry That's a photo of my partner Ian and me, printed on canvas, behind the trees in the window. (I wondered what you wanted that for! Wink)

There's a tiny charm in the corner that says "Made with love", and I don't think I've ever seen anything in a Crafter swap with more love in it than this book. Thank you so very much, and although I don't really deserve this, I'm so happy to have it!  Kiss

Thanks so much for all of this, and I wish the package I'd sent you (which is oddly similar) was half as wonderful.

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42  Re: Setting the Miniature Scene Swap signups 6/5/15 - 6/12/15, sendouts 7/10/15 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: June 14, 2015 11:45:52 AM
This is really for my partner, Ludi, but I thought everyone else might like to see it too.

I bought this clock at a yard sale a few weeks ago, thinking I would remove the clock and use the rather odd case to make a shrine or something. But it got set on a shelf and now I've decided I like it as a clock. But beneath the clock, now hidden by a painted glass panel, is a little 3" x 3" x 5" space that's just begging to be turned into a miniature room of some sort. At the very least it would be a great place to display a few tiny items.


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43  Re: OMG - I need a drink swap (Sign ups May 23 - June 11, send outs July 10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: June 12, 2015 04:58:09 PM
Yay, Betsy!

Spazgirl1981 and I haven't been partners in a swap for a long, lo-o-ong time, and I've missed her! This doubles the already high fun quotient for this swap.

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44  Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap - Round 4 (Send out by May 26, 2015) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 04, 2015 06:32:47 PM
Here is another shot of the page I sent to CraftyMamaBee, and a close-up of one of the bumblebees:

The embroidery is just satin stitch, but the wings are done with shimmery organza ribbon. The hardest part was the fact that the soft, textured surface of the floral fabric absolutely refused to have a design transferred onto it by any means. In the end I had to free-hand sketch the bees on with watercolour and a very fine brush. Even then it was hard to keep the image from disappearing as I worked!


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45  Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap - Round 4 (Send out by May 22, 2015) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 29, 2015 05:22:40 PM
I appreciate the Dr Who pages more! Because I watch the earlier 1965 movie last night & it was good!

Was that the one with Christopher Lee as The Doctor? I remember him, but I don't remember anything else about the movie!

I received another tree-themed page too, this one from CraftyMamaBee:

The trunk of the palm tree is made of real palm fibre that she picked up in her own neighbourhood! I love that the idea of "tree" is so local. I grew up in northern British Columbia, where trees were pines, spruce and fir. Where I live now is Carolinian forest, so my idea of "tree" has expanded to include oak, maple, beech, ash and other classic storybook trees. But in San Diego, where CMB lives, the local trees are palms, which are so totally different and yet still trees.

Thanks so much for this!

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46  Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap - Round 4 (Send out by May 22, 2015) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 22, 2015 04:13:36 PM
Wow, I love that dress-up Troll. What an utterly brilliant idea!

I just received TWO fabric art journal pages from pioneer9. Now, I know we were only supposed to send one page to each partner, but there's an explanation (of course).

You see, she embroidered the tree (r) to put on the twig background fabric (l), but when they were put together, they just didn't go. So there was nothing else for it but to make another background for the tree and another patch for the twig fabric. What's a crafter to do? Cheesy

I'm so glad this happened, because I got two great pages and I love them both. The embroidered tree is beautiful and that quote is perfect - I've always thought it was someone like John Muir or Thoreau, so I was surprised to look it up just now and find it was Picasso who said it! And the twig fabric is really terrific - I'm lucky I haven't found it for sale here, or I would buy the whole bolt.

Oh, and I also got a lovely card with a photo of the immortal Walt Whitman. Extra thanks for that!

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47  Re: Beltane Merrymaking Gallery - WWP Swap 56 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 23, 2015 08:12:12 PM
I get to post first in the Gallery! This is especially a surprise, because Edel's package had to come all the way from Ireland, but she sent a few days early and there often seems to be some sort of postal wormhole between here and there. I wish all of Europe was that quick to receive mail from.

So, Edel being fabulous and apparently on a creative roll right now, she sent a huge package of stuff.

The first thing I found when I opened it was this great little "dot painting" of Beltaine sunshine. I love the colours, and it's just what I need on a grey, cold day like today.

Then, when she asked what I might want, I suggested a t-shirt, knowing what great fabric printing Edel does. Well, she kind of got carried away and did three shirts for me!

And they're not silkscreened or printed, they're hand-painted! I love all three of the designs, and the colours are exactly the ones I wear most often.

But then there were extras as well, which are nearly as great:

From a previous swap, Edel knew I like vintage embroidery, and she somewhere found this quite extraordinary tea cloth. It's cross-stitched onto cotton batiste that is so fine it's quite transparent! There are a dozen of these dragons altogether - four on the corners, one on each side, and four more in a square in the centre. It will make a great altar cloth, I think.

But then she also included two bars of chocolate (dark and really, really dark!), two beautiful postcards of the stunning local scenery, and even a deck of cards with quotes from Irish authors! It came with two pages of hand-written instructions for playing Rummy la Edel and Mollie.

This is wonderful stuff, and I love it all! (I'd wear one of the t-shirts tomorrow, but it's so cold I'd need to have two more layers of clothing on top, and nobody would be able to see it.) Thanks so much for everything Edel! Kiss

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48  Beltane Merrymaking Gallery - WWP Swap 56 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 13, 2015 07:24:03 PM

Beltane Merrymaking - WWP SWAP 56

     Partners in this swap were:

     cutelittledevil ↔ holistic knitter
     Wulf ↔ edelC
     monnie31 ↔ frosty772
     LA-fairy ↔ Ludi
     myloveasdeep ↔ spazgirl1981
     Mamaneedles ↔ whileitsraining

Swap Status:
Still Crafting       Sent       Partner Received   Feedback Posted
holistic knitter
Monnie31Unable to complete swap.

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49  Re: Monthly Dotee Swap - MARCH Celestial in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 09, 2015 06:05:35 PM
I received from crazyda79 yesterday! One of the themes on my list was "animal astronauts"...

... so she made me "Hector", the first French rat sent into space, in 1961.

Look at his little ratty head! (The helmet, incidentally, is a brilliantly re-purposed vending machine capsule.)

I'm so glad you chose this theme - I was secretly hoping that would be the one my partner would pick! And it was so clever of you to pass over the more famous dogs and monkeys and pick one that could be made more-or-less life-size. Hector is very cute, and I like him a lot!

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50  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 07, 2015 06:52:56 PM
We're ending this Gallery with a last splash of amazing prayer flags! And I can add one more, because my flag from P_E_S_T finally arrived, after months of postal mayhem.

My word was "forest", and her interpretation of it (and the bonus word "roots") produced this rich, textured flag that I absolutely love! There's so much wonderfulness going on here, I hardly know what to highlight.

The word "forest" is spelled out in gold thread, couched in rust red. The beautifully-dyed silk (which my photos don't do justice to) is deeply stitched and embellished with little clusters of seed beads tucked among the roots.

And I love both this tree-printed tape and the free-motion stitching around it. The stitched stars with their sprays of pearl beads are like tiny explosions!

Thanks so much for this, P_E_S_T! I love it, and it was so worth the wait.

I'll get a photo of all six of my flags as soon as I can get to it in the daylight.

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