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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap Gallery on: April 14, 2014 02:46:14 PM
Nice patches! Dr. Who stuff is always fun, and as a big fan of science and nature themes, I love the birds, too!

And, here are my fantastic, perfect-for-me, science-themed patches from artsycandice. I absolutely love them, and she did an amazing job with the stitching!

It may be hard to see in the photo, but the surface of the earth even has some continents stitched on it. And, the background fabric of that same patch has little tiny blue stitches on it, too. Spectacular job!

Thank you so much, Candice!

Now, I want to spend my vacation making more science-themed patches so I can make my classroom wall hanging by the end of the year! Probably won't happen, but I can dream Smiley
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Art Abandoned quilt on: April 13, 2014 04:05:58 PM
Way to go sloth003! Not only did you make a gorgeous little quilt and have the courage to leave it out in the world, you inspired the woman and her daughter, as well as a number of folks here, to do something similar.

I was thinking of turning some old clothes into picnic blankets, but I'd end up with way more than I need. Now, I'm thinking that I can leave them in the local park. I'm going to check out the FB page and see if they have tags in multiple languages (the city is very multi-cultural), and if not, I'll see if I can get translations from folks at school!

Thanks for sharing, on so many levels!
13  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap: SU closed; SO April 22, 2014 on: April 13, 2014 08:03:36 AM
DANGGIT!!! I missed the sign ups on this one!   Angry 
I will watch the gallery...and oooh and ahhhh.  Hope I can join the next one!

Unless someone else wants to start one sooner, I can start up a new one mid-June! Smiley
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Wooden Chain *Tutorial added! Carve your own!* on: April 13, 2014 07:55:22 AM
I used many different knives and tools, the most useful of which were a very small gouge that could get into the cramped space between adjacent links, and a knife with a thin blade that could make smooth curved cuts.  A V-shaped gouge can help too.  It is definitely possible to carve the whole thing with just a knife, though.

Oh, and I did a tutorial.  I hope you find it useful.  You should post your chain once you get it finished, Craftster needs more woodcarvers.  Smiley

Thanks! And, thanks again! The tutorial is fantastic!

I have some carving tools for linoleum blocks, but I also have some larger tools from when I took a wood block printing class. I'll definitely give this a go over the summer (vacation starts in 11 weeks!). Smiley
15  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap: SU closed; SO April 22, 2014 on: April 12, 2014 10:52:07 AM
Nothing like a baby on the way to help you meet a craft deadline, artsycandice! Smiley

Today, my goal is to clear out a space in my living room so I can move a ton of books out of the bedroom, so it can get painted. It'll be a big job (I have a lot of books!), but once I get it done (the book-moving, not the painting), I can work on my patches.
16  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap: SU closed; SO April 22, 2014 on: April 11, 2014 08:07:10 AM
I also can't wait to see what people are making! I need some inspiration, especially since I have to start this weekend!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Hand-Carved Wooden Chain on: April 10, 2014 08:04:41 AM
Thanks, everyone!  Smiley

I think I need to dig out my block of wood (on hand for this exact purpose) and give it a go Smiley

DO IT.  Before I started mine I thought it was going to be super complicated, but it's really pretty straightforward once you get going.  The trickiest bit is laying out the links - you have to make sure to leave enough room between links on the same plane so that the curved parts don't run into each other once you start carving.  I could do a bit of a tutorial if you (or anyone else, for that matter) is interested...

Thanks for the tip! Did you use carving tools, or did you just whittle it with a knife? A tutorial would be great, but your existing photos are already very helpful!
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wild Olive Stitch Club Stitch-Along on: April 08, 2014 06:52:13 PM
I am waiting until the updated Silhouette software gets a couple of kinks worked out (I got 2 errors when I tried to open it), and then I will finally get started!

And now, I can't decide about the faces... I think I like the idea of faces on things with faces...
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: April 08, 2014 06:49:18 PM
That list was HUGE! I had to make some tough choices, and while there are a couple I don't know if I could craft for (at least nothing came to mind right away), I could come up with several ideas for either option for most of the themes!
20  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap: SU closed; SO April 22, 2014 on: April 08, 2014 06:35:46 PM
Since we have our first sender, here's the link to the gallery (it's also listed in the first post):


I think I have everyone and their partners listed correctly... Please let me know if I made a mistake, especially since I'm operating on a brain that is drained by end of term grading Smiley
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