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1  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tapestrymlp on: September 23, 2014 08:13:50 AM
I received the most amazing package from Onyxnox. Warning, there are a TON of pics below. Because the sheer awesomeness could not be contained in only one or two.

I asked for some Teesha Moore style patches for a purse I want to make and Onyxnox put her own spin on the patch idea. Look how neat and gorgeous and just freaking amazing these are. I'm not sure if I'm going to turn these into a wall hanging or use them in a purse.

Each one features a writing quote.

Next up, some wood burned ornaments. First of all, can we please admire the little scarves at the top of each ornament? Those are knit with DMC floss! How in the heck! They're adorable. And then the images are immaculate and the tinting perfect. The back of each ornament has the Hogwarts crest. I love, love, love them so much. I need to put my Christmas tree up right now just to display these.

And then just to completely blow me out of the water, Onyxnox made me a hand-carved hedgehog stamp (LOVE!) and a TON of hedgehog note cards. Everyone I swap with in the future is sooooo lucky because they'll be getting one of those cards. Heck people may ask me to swap just to get one of those cards.

Thank you for an amazing swap package Onyxnox!
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2  Re: kids craft swap Round 7 (Signups 5/27-6-/11/14, Sendouts July 30, 2014) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by tapestrymlp on: August 03, 2014 12:01:36 PM
Cassidy received a great package from Molly yesterday! She loves everything but this is her favorite:

Hama bead Twilight Sparkle! So cool. It's up in her room right now.

There were also some lovely stickers, gummies, delicious cookies, a name plaque, an adorable mini-purse and a gorgeous bracelet. Plus some mini canvases.

Cass has been wearing her bracelet every day and just adores it.
Thanks so much for a great swap.
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3  Re: Mini Altered Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tapestrymlp on: July 02, 2014 10:02:23 PM
I received from Alexampersandra today! She made me a lovely little Doctor Who tin based on one of my favorite episodes "Silence in the Library."

The inside has a quote on one side, on the other is a tiny silver skull, some books and River Song's Tardis journal. In the dark black background the words "vashda narada" are hidden Smiley

Thanks Alexampersandra!
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4  "When In Doubt, Go To The Library" Altered Mini Tin in Completed Projects by tapestrymlp on: June 27, 2014 08:47:41 AM
My partner in the recent mini altered tin swap, Alexampersandra, is a librarian and fellow book-lover. I knew right away that I needed to make something library inspired for her tin. While looking for a good library quote I stumbled across the perfect one - and BONUS it's from my favorite book series. Luckily, my partner likes Harry Potter as well. I made the tin into a tiny library bookcase. The shelves are painted cardboard. The books covers are painted cardboard as well with polymer clay used to make the inside pages. I covered the interior and exterior with scrapbook paper. I designed the silhouette of Hermione in Photoshop and then cut it out with my Silhouette SD craft cutter machine. The silhouette is mounted to the top of the tin using wire.

The back of the tin has a wall hanger so it can be hung on the wall, there's also a magnet so it can go on the fridge.

The quote is from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Because that's what Hermione does, said Ron, shrugging. When in doubt, go to the library.

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5  Re: Twinches Needlework Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tapestrymlp on: June 23, 2014 08:17:04 PM
I received from kbrison today! Came home from a very long day at work to this lovely little bookmark. Please forgive the crap pictures and trust me when I say that the detail is amazing and tiny and I am totally in love. kbrison, if you have better pictures can you pretty please post them? Otherwise I'll post better pictures later this week (tonight and tomorrow I won't have a chance).

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6  Floral Pendant in Needlework: Completed Projects by tapestrymlp on: June 05, 2014 09:37:19 AM
A pendant I made for my partner in the twinchie swap. The pendant is just under two inches wide. This was my first attempt at stumpwork. I'm rather pleased with the result Smiley It was also my first time trying to do shading with long and short stitch (not as successful). Plus I got to learn a few new stitches. The petals are on a thin wire frame covered with buttonhole stitch so they are each adjustable.  This was a lot of fun. The complete piece start to finish (including mounting in the pendant) took about 6 hours. I'm a slow stitcher.

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7  Re: Twinches Needlework Swap Sign Up 5/15-5/22, Send Out 6/23/14 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by tapestrymlp on: May 19, 2014 09:06:31 PM
I really, really, really shouldn't sign up for this swap. I was going to be good! I was swearing off swaps for the rest of the summer because I need to focus on my writing. But ... teeny tiny embroidery ... awesome people already signed up. I AM WEAK! *cough* I sent in my sign up form. Damn my swap addiction and tempting swaps that are too fun to resist.

Besides, I finished a tiny Tardis not long ago and now I've got five spare 50mm bezel pendants lying around my craftroom. Someone is getting an embroidered necklace Cheesy Unless they object. And then I will erm figure something else out for my teeny tiny stitchery.
Here's the Tardis pendant

And some little stitched inchies I did a few years ago:
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8  Dimensional Hermione Painting with Tutorial in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by tapestrymlp on: May 19, 2014 12:38:45 PM
For the IYP 25 swap I wanted to make something unique for my partner chughes225. I've wanted to make a book painting for a while, inspired by this pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/63824519691605298/

However, I couldn't possibly hack up some books even in the interests of art. It took me a while to settle on a solution, but I finally figured out a way to pull it off. This was my solution:

I used a 12 x 12" wood frame base. Next I cut strips of thin cardboard and gave them a slightly bowed shape and then used duct tape to secure them to the wooden base.

After that I covered the book spines in two layers of plaster tape and allowed them to dry.

I gave the plaster a base coat of black when it was done. Next I found some faux leather textured scrapbook paper, cut strips of that and painted them. I glued them onto the base and then used acrylic to add details based on vintage book spines.

And last I sketched a profile image of Hermione onto the book spines and then painted in the details.

If I do this again I'll make the spines less curvy because the image distortion is a bit distracting. I like the dimensionality of the finished piece though. I just need a better balance Smiley
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9  Tardis Necklace in Needlework: Completed Projects by tapestrymlp on: May 19, 2014 12:15:33 PM
For my partner chughes225 I decided to try my hand at micro-embroidery. The final Tardis image is a bit bigger than I wanted and I had to hunt hard to find a bezel big enough for it, but I'm happy with the end result. The bezel is 50mm on the outside. The design was free hand based on several Tardis I was referencing.

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10  Embroidered Celtic Crow Slip Cover in Needlework: Completed Projects by tapestrymlp on: May 19, 2014 12:06:57 PM
For the IYP 25 swap my partner Wulf asked for an embroidered pillow cover. After stalking his pinterest diligently I settled on making something with a celtic design and fell in love with a crow design. I printed it out at the appropriate size, used transfer paper to get it onto the fabric and then traced the design in permanent marker so it wouldn't rub off as I worked.

The finished design is just under 12 inches across. The main design uses satin stitch and was outlined with a chain stitch in blue. The entire design took approximately 20 hours of embroidery. I thought I'd never finish Smiley But at the same time it was fun to do. It's definitely going to be while before I tackle something this big again though.

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