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
Thanks NatACT, I know I'm going to enjoy using everything!
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.