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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R6- Gallery on: May 12, 2016 05:57:22 AM
I'm so in for the next round of this!

22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Shrine Swap Spring 2016 Gallery 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

23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery on: May 10, 2016 07:07:09 AM
Okay we're not done, but we're getting closer. A few flags have yet to arrive, or I haven't been notified about them. And there are still a few people who have sent and received flags from their partners, but haven't posted the ones they made for themselves:


I may have just missed your post, so if I'm wrong, let me know. If not, HURRY UP! Wink

24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery on: May 10, 2016 06:10:18 AM
Renstar, what a great flag! I especially like the fabric you used on the sides - it's perfect.

25  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!


I think we may be done. I'm going to sit down and update the status list this afternoon to make sure. Stay tuned.
26  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

27  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.

28  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

29  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.

30  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.

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