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1  Fiber Friday, 8 May 2015 in Spinning: Completed Projects by calluna on: May 08, 2015 02:48:06 PM
We're due for a Fiber Friday! Here's something I finally finished...Actually I finished it a couple months ago but was too busy with other stuff to post it...

It's 106 yds, a thick-and-thin plied with an all-thin  Cheesy, then I wound some black-and-gold metallic thread around sections that needed more definition. I still have a lot of this Ferndale Fiber roving left, and I'm going to leave all of that thin and single-ply, and this skein can be worked in for an accent row on whatever the finished object becomes.

Please share any pics you have from the last month, there hasn't been a Fiber Friday in quite some time!
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2  Re: Big Project Stitch Along 2015 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by calluna on: May 03, 2015 04:26:05 PM
I haven't posted a progress pic for my giant project in several years...And it still isn't done! I needle-felted the figures' skin, and now I'm struggling with how to stitch their faces.

Reference image (Gustav Klimt, La Vierge):
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3  Re: Teesha Moore Type Journal.. anyone want to play?? in Needlework: Stitchalongs by calluna on: May 03, 2015 04:00:11 PM
I'm reviving the thread! Because a) we're still making and swapping patches, and b) I never posted this book I made years ago.  Roll Eyes The overall theme of the book is "the creative process," and I was waiting until the inside pages were filled up before posting pics, I guess. But after however many years now, I realize that it's a PROCESS that may never be finished! So here is the TM part of the book:
Front cover:

The yellow panel is my first attempt at nuno felting, and there are buttons I've received from various swaps. The big rusty one says, "It's hard to be humble when you're from Bakersfield."  Cheesy

Inside front cover:

And back cover, which is the finished product from what I had started in this thread a long, long time ago:

Messy, busy, fun, mixed media...as the creative process tends to be.  Smiley I'm probably going to add a closure but haven't found just the right one yet.
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4  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: April 02, 2015 09:55:30 PM
And to conclude the gallery with a big, zen-filled bang, I received the most unbelievably awesome patch possible from craftADDchick today:

It's a model of the labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral; and while I have never been to Chartres, almost every labyrinth I've walked has been modeled after the same labyrinth...so while I love labyrinths in general, this specific one takes me back to some amazing moments and spaces from my past.  Smiley Personal significance aside, this is such amazing work! The points of the flower, and the cogs around the perimeter of the circle are seed beads, but they're smaller than most seed beads I've ever seen, so I didn't even see them at first. And, if I'm not mistaken, the whole design was made by couching thread. It's all stunning. I can't believe I never thought of making a labyrinth patch myself (notice the kinship with my avatar image?). I can only imagine how long this took to stitch, and there's no way I would have made something this precise and beautiful.

Thanks for a great swap!
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5  Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Swap 2015 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: March 03, 2015 08:19:17 AM
My package from mousee23 arrived!

Clothing recons -- cloth flower on skirt (collaboration with mousee's daughter), and a capelet that I'm assuming was originally a sweater...

A handmade card of Doctors and a fabric cuff...

A Neverending Story-inspired box (with a Falcor quote  Smiley), and hang-able nature shrine/niche (I'm so out-of-practice, I can't remember the proper name for these things I love!)

The top is open (I think it was originally a bottle!), with a large glass half-marble over it, so light shines down on the inside. A better image of the inside:

Thank you for crafting for me, Anne!
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6  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: February 15, 2015 11:49:33 AM
I received my altered playing card from cmarion3!

This is so cool, it has to do with how we still see ourselves as we were when we were younger, though the outer form has changed--yet the outer form is no less beautiful in its changes. I also see it as the growth of the complete person into maturity of form, character, and capacity. This is a lovely addition to my APC collection, and it's exactly what I was hoping for in starting a collection of APCs on the theme of women's body image. Thank you!
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7  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: February 10, 2015 08:30:08 AM
I get so floored when there's a flood of awesome images that keep rapidly popping up in a swap gallery...There's nothing wrong with a small swap, but when there are lots of claims and/or lots of people, swap galleries can bring a lot of giddiness to my day--even if I'm not in the swap!  Smiley So, continuing the awesome-wave:

rockingbearranch made me many-cards-in-one for my LGBT-affirmative theme...This is what you see when it is in its sleeve--

The colors in the heart represent the colors of the various pride flags that exist. And then...it opens!

You can have any connection of people kissing...Including kissing no one at all, which I appreciate.  Grin


Thank you!!
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8  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: January 28, 2015 10:24:33 AM
Sorry, I hadn't checked in with the gallery all month!  Embarrassed But here's Plumpy's game card from 1980:

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9  Bumble the Abominable Snowman in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by calluna on: January 13, 2015 08:54:28 PM
My first post on this board!


I made this Bumble for Shop the Swap, but then he ended up going to my mom instead.

I didn't follow a pattern, and I goofed up and improvised and experimented so much that he's a little too wonky to try to chart. But that's part of why I like him.  Grin I have the arms going in different directions and they aren't attached symmetrically since that just seems more monster-y. I had a little yarn left so I tried to make Bumble II, but he needed some changes (especially the terrified look on his face!) so I frogged a lot of this one and he's still in-progress:
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10  Vintage pinup pattern modified into Bride of Frankenstein in Needlework: Completed Projects by calluna on: January 13, 2015 08:25:17 PM
I forgot to post this tea towel I made for a friend in 2013.

This image started its life as Vogart 138, "Pin Up Girl with Powder Puff":

...but my pinup-loving friend also loves Halloween and classic movie monsters, so I wanted to make some modifications.  Smiley I printed out the original image, drew the changes on it, and then punched through the paper with a light-colored gel pen at many intervals so I could follow the dots and then eyeball the details.

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