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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery 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.
12  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: FABRIC ART JOURNAL PAGE Swap #5 (Signup thru May 5; s/o June 3) on: May 05, 2016 04:38:19 PM
I'm sewing my pages back-to-back, so the backs won't be seen. But if I have any that are two-sided, they'll get bound in by themselves. Most of us seem to leave binding selvedge on the left side, but the reverse pages can simply piggy-back on that selvedge and don't need their own. Does that make sense without a diagram? I can picture it in my mind but I have no idea if it came out in words! Cheesy

Wulf
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery 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
14  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: FABRIC ART JOURNAL PAGE Swap #5 (Signup thru May 5; s/o June 3) on: May 04, 2016 01:00:06 PM
Yikes! I haven't forgotten to send in my questionnaire, I've just been stalling. Sending it in now - hope you won't shut down a day early. Wink

Wulf
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R6- Gallery on: May 02, 2016 06:17:33 PM
Don't you just love it when someone you've never met sends you exactly the thing you didn't even realize you wanted? It's like they've been talking to your subconscious behind your back or something. Well, that's what my partner, craftADDchick seems to have been up to, anyway.





I'd listed "Earth from space" on my questionnaire, thinking of the rather boring image of the planet against the black of space, but of course from the surface of the Moon it's much more picturesque. And I love the scrappy look of the Moon contrasted with the lavishly-embroidered Earth.

And I love anything with insects, but this mandala of green and blue plant bugs is absolutely perfect in every way. And the photos don't do justice to the embroidery, but it really is exquisite - every stitch is in exactly the right spot. Look how exactly the backing fabric compliments the colours of the insects!

Thanks so much for these - they're exactly the right way to start my collection of patches.

Wulf
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery on: May 01, 2016 02:48:40 PM
I love the idea of cutting away denim to reveal bright, patterned material underneath. It's beautiful in the "vast" flag, and it's a method that could be adapted in so many ways.

Thanks, everyone, for making such amazing flags! I know there's still a few more to come, but this Gallery has been so exciting to visit.

I'm going to update the status list on the first page of this thread. Please check if I've got you listed correctly, and let me know who I've missed.

Wulf
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R6- Gallery on: May 01, 2016 07:56:19 AM
I started off doing those French knot stars with an un-ravelled half-strand of shiny floss, but then I bought a spool of machine-embroidery thread that was as thin as I needed, just as glossy, and varigated in pale pastel colours. Much better! I'm glad you could see the colours, as I thought they were too subtle to show properly. I actually love making French knots - it's very soothing, somehow. Roll Eyes

The best part of that Hitchcock patch is the huge checked pattern on the border! It looks so great with the stitching, and I would never have thought of using something like that. Every posting of patches is a revelation.

Wulf
18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Modern Icon-or David longing for Venus on: May 01, 2016 07:03:29 AM
I am so jealous! The deMengs and Florence?  Angry It's a dream come true!

The pieces of old moulding are perfect for the outside. And those tin angel wings are pure Michael deMeng - you couldn't have found better.

I'm a convert to Apoxie too. I resisted for a long time, because I thought it would be pretty much like the other epoxy putty products I'd used. Then I suggested trying it for something we were building at work, and although it wasn't right for that, everyone was hooked and we've been using it all over the place ever since. One of my colleagues just left to work in another prop shop, and she immediately had to introduce them to Apoxie too.

Wulf
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Mandala Woman 3D Mixed Media on Artist panel on: May 01, 2016 06:56:03 AM
She's beautiful! At first I thought this must be a very small panel, so I was amazed to get to the last photo and realize how large it actually is. The texture is so rich, it makes it look like a tiny thing seen in close up. Cheesy

Wulf
20  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 - Send-outs Monday, April 25 on: April 29, 2016 04:52:32 PM
I'm glad everybody is enjoying this swap as much as I am! Don't worry about a PM to tell me you've posted your own flag. I'm just watching the Gallery and keeping note.

I think there'll have to be another round in the summer. It's a very summery-sort of craft, because it lends itself well to sitting in the shade with a cold drink and an embroidery hoop. Cheesy

Wulf
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