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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Up to Three Tiny Adventure Time Things Swap on: March 26, 2013 01:48:38 PM
I received from both my partners yesterday, what a great surprise to come home to!!  it started with my package from Ryn:

it's a cross-stitch of Finn and the word "algebraic" - so cute!  my kudos to you for stitching so small and detailed Smiley

next, i opened my package from themuppet:

a 4x4 painting based on a hoop from my pinterest from my favorite episode - amazing!  plus she included actual text from the episode on the sides:

i love the creativity and the accuracy - my hubby was very jealous of this one Smiley

thank you to both of my partners, you girls are awesome!
22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: (Up to 3) Tiny Adventure Time Things Swap! - SU Closed - SO 3/20 on: March 19, 2013 12:51:36 PM
i could go for a few extra days as well...could crank to get done tonight and send out tomorrow, but would be able to add some extra touches with another night or two Smiley
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Swap R9- Not just thread! (SO Mar 5) on: March 15, 2013 06:05:26 AM
all of these hoops are awesome!!  it's so hard to pic a fav with such a talented group.  love the variety and skills Smiley
24  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: (Up to 3) Tiny Adventure Time Things Swap! - SU Closed - SO 3/20 on: March 15, 2013 05:58:10 AM
hit a snag this week with project #2 as attempt #1 did NOT turn out as pictured...will be cranking on plan b this weekend and finishing up project #1 to send out hopefully monday Smiley
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Fionna and Cake! on: March 15, 2013 05:50:05 AM
what a great job!!  i love the style and the stitching and the colors!  lucky partner Smiley
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Robot Apocalypse on: March 14, 2013 11:48:02 AM
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3!  it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did.  my fourth (and final) hoop was for amnesia who requested a "robot apolcalypse" scene.  for hers i decided to try felt applique, so it would have the feel of an old-timey move poster:

i had a "starry" fabric in my stash with blue/black and gold specks for stars which i used as the background.  i started with the silhouette of a city skyline, added the attacking robot behind, and an unfortunate victim in the front.  used stitching for the "laser beam" and other details on the robot body and a piece of scrap red fabric for the "zap" area.  pic before stitching:

and closeup of robot cuz i had so much fun with him Smiley

i really enjoyed working with the felt, and i can totally see why people choose that medium!  great way to block out colors/shapes and then let the stitching do the details Smiley
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hunger Games Mockingjay Hoop on: March 14, 2013 11:31:06 AM
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3!  it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did.  my third hoop was for sarad who wanted a mockingjay from hunger games.  i LOVED the books, so I knew I had to give it a try.  i really wanted to play with the shading, so i decided to give crayon-tinting a try:

i crayon colored the image with a black background and yellow and brown tones for the body of the mockingjay and i was really pleased that it didn't have a "waxy" feel once i heat-set the colors.  i then added yellow stitching for the outline, with a little brown in the wing for additional shading.  i painted the hoop black as well to make the image stand out.  closer shot of the shading:

i would definitely do the crayon-tinting again, i was really pleased with how it allowed for color-blending and shading withing the body Smiley
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kiss Silhouette on: March 14, 2013 11:22:43 AM
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3!  it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did.  my second hoop was for rubylynns, who had a silhouette of a boy and girl kissing on her pinterest.  i wanted to have something extra with the silhouette, so i added a pink heart in the background with white beads on the outer edge for a little "pop":

this was my first time using an oval hoop Smiley
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dreamcatcher Hoop on: March 14, 2013 11:19:35 AM
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3!  it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did.  my first hoop was for zidishaluxe who had a dreamcatcher as one of her themes/options:

i had a starry flannel fabric in my stash to use as the background, i used varigated colored thread for each of the "petals" in her fav colors: blue, purple and yellow.  to simulate the knots where the thread crossed i added a black seed bead:

and then for a 3d element and to draw again on the dreamcatcher theme, i added beaded strings hanging from the bottom of the hoop at different lengths.
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Not just thread" Penny Farthing on: March 14, 2013 10:04:09 AM
For Embroidery Hoopla Round 9, my partner twisted5whispers had a request for a penny-farthing: an antique bicycle with the giant front wheel.  The theme of the swap was "not just thread", so I knew I wanted an embellishment for the wheels.  After searching every store I had in my area and coming up short, I finally found what I wanted on an out-of-state road trip:

The larger wheel is a silver bangle, meant for making your own jewelry.  The smaller wheel is a keychain hoop, I was really pleased with how the sizes worked.  I also wanted to try something different for the fabric, so I used a coffee-dye technique to get an "antique" feel on the white cotton.  Comparison of original fabric with a dyed piece:

I used "tardis blue" thread for the bike frame since my partner shared a love of dr. who, and i practiced some satin stitch on the handlebars and seat.  pic of stitching before silver hoops were added:

and a final shot of the finished project:

This was my first swap in a while, and it was a great one to get back into them Smiley  I am obsessed with hoopla and don't think I realized how much I had missed it this last year until I got started again!
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