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91  Re: Ongoing Wish swap GALLERY Round 61 in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: September 15, 2010 01:45:42 PM
I've heard from cupcakesandshoes that she received my parcel, and I'm posting pictures for her. (Fortunately I put these on my computer before my silly cable stopped working.)

This is the ruffly scarf I made for her.

It was a fun pattern - very simple, and only 16 rows, BUT the last two rows had over 1000 stitches  Shocked to make it super ruffly.

I also sent some shoe themed cards, because she likes shoes.

and a necklace to keep or remodel.

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92  Re: Ongoing Wish swap GALLERY Round 61 in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: September 12, 2010 05:20:48 PM
Nice inkpads - lovely colours Smiley

I received a great supplies package from NatACT today!

She sent some Noro yarn - something I've wanted to try crafting with for a while - SO pretty! 2 packets of little black safety eyes, which I've found very hard to get here, and a lovely bookmark in a green leafy design (wrapped in neat star paper I will find a crafty use for too). I think she made the bookmark, it's very nice work Smiley

Thanks NatACT, I know I'm going to enjoy using everything!
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93  Re: Penpal/pen-buddy swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: September 09, 2010 01:17:12 PM
I'm really enjoying looking at all these great postcards and thinking about all the faraway places they have come from Smiley

Guess what I got in the mail!


Meet Suzy Snail. She's a cheerful and independent young gastropod, who's already travelled halfway around the world.

I just love her - thanks zilamonster!!
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94  Re: Ongoing Wish swap GALLERY Round 61 in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: September 07, 2010 07:12:08 PM
Great packages everyone - I love the variety in this swap.

I received a lovely package from YumJello!!

Three pieces of delicious brocade fabric for me to make prettys with; a Scrabble tile pendant off my wist (so my friends know how many Awesome Points to award me at any time); AND a beautiful little dish in my favourite celadon glaze, hand made by her sister (thanks sis!). YumJello said it was a soap dish, but it's too nice for my bathroom, so it's living on my desk.

Thanks so much!
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95  Tiny stumpwork dragonfly in Needlework: Completed Projects by jemimah on: August 16, 2010 10:42:40 PM
I made this for the IYP swap, for the lovely Pearliepie. It arrived today, and I think she rather likes it!

Excluding the frame, it is about 1 inch by 1 inch. It is made of organza, fine wire, rayon embroidery thread, glass beads, and fine Kreinik cord.

I think Pearliepie's pics are a little better. (thanks PP!)

I really enjoy doing stumpwork - I'd love to hear from any other craftsters who like this rather tricky but very fun kind of embroidery.
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96  Hey, I'm proud! Peacock Needlework in Needlework: Completed Projects by jemimah on: August 08, 2010 04:05:11 PM
I was lucky to be able to angel for the delightful schnerby a few weeks ago, for an EEPP. Among her themes were birds, trees, and silver, so this is what I came up with. (Thanks schnerby for providing much better pics than mine!)

the whole composition

close up

a couple more shots

the background fabric is silver and hard to photograph, this is a bit closer to the fabric colour

It is stitched on a fine silver synthetic fabric. Two white organza applique circles for the trees and a piece of teal silk for the peacock. All the embroidery is single strand rayon thread (DMC and Rajmahal), using mainly split, satin, chain, straight, and fly stitches. I looked at several peacock pics, and used a couple for reference to help me cut the peacock applique shape, but apart from that, all the stitching and design was pretty much freehand. I was working quickly (short timeframe for angel package of course), so it's not super precise, but I'm really pleased with how the overall effect turned out.

I haven't done much with rayon thread before (it does misbehave a bit more than cotton). Your feedback and suggestions for future projects are very welcome.  Smiley
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97  Re: OTET: One Tiny Emboidered Thing GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: July 16, 2010 06:18:31 PM
... this gallery was Stellar!

But wait, more Stellar to come!

I received from the lovely goldfishpollywog today!

It is the coolest little box, complete with robot and rocketship (love them).

I love the ingenious box design and colours, I love it that the robot has a little personalised thing about me on his display, I especially love it that the embroidery is all based on goldfishpollywog's own original sketches. (Do post a better pic if you have one goldfishpollywog, my photography's a bit rubbish.)

Also, the pretty background fabric is the nice teatowel it came wrapped in! For its protection of course.

Thank you goldfishpollywog, you are a great swap partner!
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98  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2010 in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: July 16, 2010 03:16:59 PM
Here are the very pretty sketchbook covers Tanza sent me. They have pockets for pencils and bits and pieces too - very handy. She also included some lovely embroidery fabric.

I especially like the little bird embroidery, it's so cute. Thanks Tanza!

(love that brain slug btw!)
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99  Re: Over 30 Fine Wine Geezer Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: July 08, 2010 06:34:49 PM
I just heard from theballandskein that she received my package and really likes it. Her camera is broken, so she asked me to post pics. My camera is a bit rubbish, so they're not the best, but better than nothing!

Her main item was a robot hoodie. I looked at sewing one, but couldn't find a good quality fabric, and ended up purchasing a nice fine weight hoodie that's a wool/cotton/stretchy stuff blend (if I remember right). I hand painted robots on the front. My own design, painted freehand.

It's a bit hard to see the details, but they are mainly silver with black white and grey details. The little one has a little pixel-ly heart.

theballandskein sent me a couple of favourite robot pictures, and I put one on a tote.

She also told me that she had spent some time in New Zealand, and had had an encounter with a weta (like a giant brown cricket - google weta if you dare!)
I promised not to put a weta in her parcel, but I found some fabric with weta on it, and I couldn't resist making a pouch with secret weta lining.

Alas, I didn't get a pic of the weta fabric, so imagine the brown leaf fabric with giant bugs scattered on it.

I seldom buy wrapping paper, so I wrapped the parcel in a teatowel with a very nice native bird design on it - glad you like it theballandskein!
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100  There's something fishy going on here in Needlework: Completed Projects by jemimah on: July 08, 2010 12:07:02 AM
This is the needle book I made for the lovely goldfishpollywog for the OTET swap.

This is a scan, as my camera doesn't seem to cope with fine detail.

goldfishpollywog's photo is much better, and the colour is more accurate (the fabric is a rich teal).

I couldn't find a pattern I liked. I looked at lots of pictures of goldfish, but this isn't from any one picture.

It is stitched on what I'm fairly sure is vintage silk, using single strand DMC floss. I used split, satin, stem, and blanket stitches, plus a made up kind of back stitch for the scale overlay. The fins and tail pieces were stitched on gold organza, then lightly stitched on so they sit very slightly out from the fabric. The needle book is just under 4 inches square.

I have to admit, I'm pretty pleased with it. Would love to hear your comments.  Smiley
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