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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Parka made of a curtain (Burda 11/2011 #112) on: November 14, 2015 12:37:06 PM
I have that curtain! Cheesy I would never have thought of using it for clothing, but it makes a brilliant parka. Beautifully done, and brilliant of you to think of it.

2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Monthly Dotee Swap - November ~Color~ (closed, send out Dec 1) on: November 14, 2015 03:44:17 AM
Sorry I've been mostly AWOL for a few days - wi-fi down. But one new router later, we're back.

I can see how this must have been a tough partnering job. Not enough new swappers entering the stream each month! But I'm always happy to swap with cmarion!

Thinking about this dotee again last night, I realize the wide-open quality of the subject is quite intimidating. Because it can be anything, I'll never decide what it should be! So I think I'm going to (a) pick a colour and (b) pick a thing/creature/idea that could be in that colour. Maybe I have to do a little more stalking for inspiration.

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: MDS - October Literary Gallery on: November 12, 2015 06:09:03 PM
I was rather mean to poor blupaisan in my list of literary suggestions - most of them were the sort of thing that you couldn't possibly extract a dotee idea from. But I did include a few easy marks to be helpful. So imagine my surprise when I opened the enormous and sturdily-padded package the arrived today to find that she had, in fact, taken me up on the challenge of one of my less-obvious works of literature, the novels of Madeleine l'Engel!

Behold! This extraordinary fellow is Progniskes, from "A Wind in the Door". For those who haven't read the book, he's a cherubim (a "solitary cherubim", if I remember right), who l'Engel describes as being a constantly-moving mass of feathers and eyes.

The wonderful thing here is that blupaisan asked for "no real feathers" in her dotee, and yet she's made mine almost entirely of feathers. That's crafting beyond the call of duty! Wink

He's wonderful and very magical! I'll have to find a suitable place for him to hover.

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: MDS - October Literary Gallery on: November 11, 2015 11:01:29 AM
Love the tiny stitched skull and the White Rabbit's accessories!

I was originally planning to make Peter Rabbit before suddenly abandoning that idea for a Richard Scarry worm. (In fact I got Peter cut out and started sewing - I really ought to finish him anyway.) I'd thought briefly about Ook Pik, who I remember from that era, but I didn't have any suitable fur. Then I happened to pass through a fabric store that had perfect Ook Pik fur on sale. So I bought a small piece, just in case. But they didn't have eyes, and I certainly didn't have the right kind in my stash. Then a few days later I opened the "EYES" tin to see if I had suitable worm eyes, and there they were - the exact eyes* from the storybook Ook Pik. So I gave up and made him instead.


* The eyes, by the way, had been courtesy of Suerreal, who was so horrified when I complained I couldn't find my stash of eyes that she sent me an assortment to re-stock with!
It's going to be especially hard to pick who to vote for this year. The shark bag alone would be worthy of a win! And I love the expression on your son's face - he obviously knows just how brilliant his mom is. Wink

6  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES / Re: I'm a Sloth!!!!!!!! on: November 08, 2015 05:52:40 AM
Fantastic make-up - I thought it must be a mask til I saw the close-up! I'll bet there were lots of jokes about "just hangin' around". Grin

7  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES / Re: Alien vs. Predator on: November 08, 2015 05:48:29 AM
I love the cardboard technology, and the big heads makes them more adorable than scary - perfect for Hallowe'en!


8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle Felted Poseable Fawn on: November 08, 2015 05:04:01 AM
Gasp! Shocked So tiny! So perfect!

9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Monthly Dotee Swap - November ~Color~ (SU Nov 2 - 11, SO Dec 1) on: November 07, 2015 12:28:09 PM
I wish I had a specific favourite colour like blupaisan, but I'm sure I can think of a few preferred ones. I like the wide-open quality of this theme - maybe I can finally make something more abstract and less fussily "realistic". Grin

10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: More handspun acrylic! on: November 07, 2015 09:58:11 AM
Oh no! Another reason never to throw away even the tiniest scraps! Does anyone know what happens if you don't separate your fibers? I mean, what if you card together wool and acrylic, for instance.

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