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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ganesh Cross-Stitch Piece on: July 04, 2006 12:33:55 PM
This piece was a wedding gift for a longtime friend and her new husband.  They're both originally from India, and I wanted to send something handmade and appropriate for the occasion.  Though it was a bit late (the wedding was in October, and this piece arrived yesterday!), they really loved it.  The photos were taken before I washed, ironed, and framed it, so please forgive the wrinkles.

   

(You can click on the thumbnails to view a larger image on Flickr.)

All in all, I think it took 6-7 months total to complete, and I was working on it quite a lot during that time.  I have a better idea now of how long these things take (this was my first major cross-stitch project), and learned a lot in the process!

It was a kit project, and you can find the kit for sale here.
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Envelope Swap (SIGNUPS CLOSED ; MAIL BY 6/23/06) on: June 08, 2006 09:45:32 AM
Swap name: Envelope Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: sugarblossom
Sign-up date range: 6/8/06 - 6/16/06
Date to send item by: 6/23/06

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No limit

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

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Details of swap:
This swap is pretty simple: make 10 envelopes of any size, style, or color, and in return, you'll get 10 new ones.  You can use any sort of paper, decorate them however you like, and make them in any sort of style.  Just make sure they you have made them entirely by yourself and that they can be used / mailed.

When mailing your envelopes to your partner, please try to include something sturdy in the package, so the envelopes won't be bent or damaged.

Please post to this thread when you send and receive your swap!

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If you want to participate, send the following information to the organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
Do you have any likes or dislikes (colors, themes, etc.) your partner should know about?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


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PARTICIPANTS/PARTNERS

Pink_Dinosaur -> spicymulatta -> craftgirl_sampson -> KCGal -> sugarblossom -> inbetweenday
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Preparing for framing / is washing necessary? on: April 19, 2006 02:08:26 PM
I just finished a large cross-stitch project and want to get it framed.  Before I do that though, I'm wondering if there's anything I need to do as preparation for the framer?  I've seen suggestions of washing the piece, but is this necessary?  I'm ok with ironing it, but I don't want to mess too much with it.

Thanks in advance for your help!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Origami Paper Swap! (SIGNUP CLOSED; MAIL BY 4/01/06) on: March 20, 2006 09:47:42 AM
Swap name: Origami Paper Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: sugarblossom
Sign-up date range: March 20 (Monday) - March 26 (Sunday)

Date to send item by: April 1 (Saturday)

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 15
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes
All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages.
Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

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Details of Swap:
This swap is for all you origami paper addicts out there, regardless of how you use them in your craft projects.  You'll send 20 pieces of 6x6 inch origami paper from your collection, in exchange for 20 from someone else's!

No duplicates or crumpled papers please!  Please package your papers with cardboard or some other support, so they won't be damaged during shipping.

You must post here or PM me when you send and receive your swap.  Delivery confirmation is not required on this swap, due to the post office limitations on flat packages.

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If you want to participate, information to send to organizer (sugarblossom):

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
princessblueberry <-> sugarblossom
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Remove wrinkles/creases from paper? on: March 18, 2006 09:12:34 AM
Is there any way to remove wrinkles or creases from paper, as you can with fabric by using an iron?  I've always figured the answer is "no," but I thought I'd ask anyway.

I'm asking because I recently started a project where I wrapped and glued paper around some cardboard.  Unfortunately, I forgot to place this under a heavy book and it has curled and wrinkled the previously smooth paper.  I've tried smoothing it, but that only makes it worse.  Is there any way that I can fix this, or should I just start over?

Thanks!
-Valerie
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Origami paper swap? on: February 15, 2006 05:25:35 PM
I've recently been on a bit of an origami paper kick, so I thought it would be a good idea to organize a swap for some.  Would anyone be interested in something like this?  Maybe 20 sheets, just to make it worthwhile, and size should be 6 inches square or larger.

I look forward to hearing your feedback. Smiley
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Handmade envelopes on: February 15, 2006 05:23:37 PM
I love making envelopes, and I thought it would be cool to organize a swap for some.  Would anyone be interested in a handmade envelopes swap?  You make your own, in whatever shape or size, and from whatever kind of paper, and you'll get some in return.  Maybe 10 envelopes to start?

I look forward to hearing your feedback. Smiley
8  California / California: Central / February Craft Shows - SF Bay Area on: February 09, 2006 09:25:50 PM
I just wanted to post about a few craft shows that are going on later this month in the SF Bay Area:

Stitches West
@ Santa Clara Convention Center
Feb 16-19
Web site: http://www.knittinguniverse.com/xrx/events/EventDetail.php?EventID=26

Sew / Quilt Embroidery Festival
@ San Mateo Expo Center
Feb 17-19
Web site: http://www.pcmexpo.com/dyn_events.asp?area=FullEvents&eventsID=101&iefix=34429569

Heirloom's Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival
@ San Mateo Expo Center - Fiesta Hall
Feb 18-19
Web site: http://www.heirloompro.com/shows-san%20mateo-02-18-06.html

Scrapbook Expo
@ Santa Clara Convention Center
Feb 24-25
Web site: http://www.scrapbookexpo.com/sj/

I'm curious to know who else around here might attend and maybe we could meet up there?  Please post if you're attending any of them! Cheesy
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Battle Image Cross-stitch on: September 29, 2005 09:08:48 AM
The UK paper The Guardian printed these cross-stitch images of battle scenes, made by Sonia Todd of Threadymade:

http://www.threadymade.co.uk/battlestitch.pdf

(You'll need Adobe Acrobat or Reader to view that)

Most are fairly simple, but I like the grave image theme combined with such a delicate craft.

Thoughts?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Get Creative - New mag on: September 18, 2005 12:51:01 PM
When I was at the bookstore the other day, I found a new crafty/DIY mag called Get Creative.  The premier issue is October 2005, and has a variety of project ideas, including home and craft projects, and even has an article about Jenny Hart from Sublime Stitching.  The magazine itself has pretty nice layouts, though they need to work more on including more photos and instructions to go with the projects.  It has potential though, and you can find out more, including PDFs of some of the articles, on their web site:

http://www.getcreativecrafts.com/
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