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41  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stitched Mandala Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 8/15) on: July 16, 2016 12:40:31 PM
Circular graph paper (the technical jargon is "polar") is a great idea for keeping your mandala from going wonky. I've tried to do it freehand, and I just can't manage it. There are a number of free online graph paper websites like freegraphpaper.comthat generate a PDF of what ever kind of paper you want. I also like http://www.mathsphere.co.uk/resources/MathSphereFreeGraphPaper.htm, which has a variety of pre-formatted graph papers that are more complex than the PDF generators can produce, including one of concentric dots that seems very useful for what we're doing.

42  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stitched Mandala Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 8/15) on: July 16, 2016 07:33:38 AM
You assigned me a dream partner, I couldn't be happier, thank you!

You think you got a good partner? Not half as great as mine! Wink

Thanks for the inspired match-up!

43  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: She hunts . . . and nothing sees her until it's too late on: July 13, 2016 02:46:23 PM
Beautiful, and certainly more invisible than the "legitimate" Invisible Girl figure. I love how you always leave the scale-revealing photo to the very end - it gets me every time, too!

And Patraw, do you ever have to buy any craft materials? Even your most "exotic" creations, like this, are made of scraps that the rest of us throw away! There should be a special Craftster Re-purposer Award.

44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I can show you the future - fortune telling cards and pouch on: July 10, 2016 03:58:12 PM
Your photos are so professional-looking! Thanks so much for showing us the studio set-up you used. It always seems like magic when you only see the final result, and it's so reassuring to see that it's actually quite ordinary. I'm not surprised that the players were thrilled with these cards - I would be too.

45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Captain Nemo's Organ Room - 1:12 (++ Pics) on: July 10, 2016 03:50:06 PM
Wonderful! I love the tiny details like the spilling bottle and the toppling candlestick. And I almost missed the tentacle (chopped off?) coming through the porthole!

46  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Mosaic Star lazy susan - my first mosaic piece and what I learned [pic heavy] on: July 10, 2016 04:21:00 AM
The finished piece was worth all the pain! Including the keys and other objects was brilliant. I've never used black grout before - it's good to know about the staining part. There are liquid grout sealants that you can apply to tile work; that would probably work to seal the colourant in too, if you didn't want to use epoxy. I've had good luck with epoxy grout, too. It's more expensive and a bit more toxic, but you don't have to seal it or worry about it causing the wood underneath to warp.

Think how much easier your next mosaic will be!

47  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R7! Gallery 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.

48  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stitched Mandala Swap (SU 7/5-7/15, SO 8/15) on: July 06, 2016 07:12:37 PM
What a lovely idea! I'm not sure if I want to take on another swap or just enjoy the lack of swap pressure for the rest of the summer. At least I have another week to decide... and look for stitched mandalas to help persuade me.

49  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) 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!

50  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Fabric Art Journals Page Swap #5 GALLERY 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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