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1  Re: July, August, September 2015 Birthday Swap! Gallery and Discussion in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: October 10, 2015 05:00:46 PM
And it has arrived!!  Grin

dessadoll made me a prayer flag and a gaggle of ATCs, as well as sending me a pack of ATC sleeves to store in my binder!

Prayer flag...with a bunch of french knots on the sides, just to be awesome:

And my ATC bounty:

Thanks so much!!
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2  Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: September 22, 2015 04:46:29 PM
RovingAnarchist blew me away with the patches she sent...First, gorgeous and elegant Tree of Life embroidery:

And second, she took me up on the gay pinup theme, and she PAINTED it!!!

It's impressively done and also cracks me up. Cheesy Thank you!

I greatly enjoyed the swap!

Sidenote: Within the 2 minutes it took to post the pictures and return to the My Photos page, RovingAnarchist's sailor-boy already had 37 views!
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3  Re: July, August, September 2015 Birthday Swap! Gallery and Discussion in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: September 04, 2015 08:13:24 AM
I received cloth pads, with extra flannel inserts, from plaidpineapple! While I have greatly appreciated (and extensively used) all the pads I've gathered from various Craftsterers, I can say hands down that these are the prettiest...

I've never seen this pattern before; it's super easy to change out the inserts/liners inside, or double up on them if needed! Other sides (with the inserts):

Thank you so much! I'm honestly vacillating about putting them to use because they're so nice to look at.  Cheesy I will, most certainly, use them, but I think I want to save these from my monthly rotation for a while so I can just admire them in their pristine state.   Grin
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4  Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: August 26, 2015 10:46:27 AM
Hooray, problem fixed for now! The wait is over, and much shorter than anticipated.  Grin

GoldenSunshine sent me these beautiful patches: a henna design-inspired bird (the back side is practically as nice as the front; the backs of the stitched patches I make are usually hideous!), and a beaded tree! I love these kinds of iridescent green-blue beads. Thank you!!

ETA: I just reworded something I said above -- I was referring to my stitching as being hideous, not other people's!  Kiss
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5  Needlepoint-covered, toteable notebook in Completed Projects by calluna on: August 11, 2015 12:00:48 PM
In the first Make-A-Friend Swap, I made this book for my partner, Fabric:

It could be carried like a purse, or it could be a regular journal without the purse-handle too. I drilled holes in the bookboards and put metal scrapbook screw-posts through (see the metal door lock plates? They're functioning as washers...and as tiny frames for international postage stamps, less importantly  Smiley). Then I attached a ready-made purse handle to the two posts (the purse handle was also received in a swap, incidentally). It's a little clumsy for getting the book open and closed, but not difficult, and it helps keep the book secure when traveling.
A small 3-ring binder base is drilled into the spine/base. The book really was made from scratch--I didn't just cover a binder (though that might have been a smarter choice, now that I'm thinking about it  Cheesy).

The brown cover was an adhesive-backed faux suede I found at the hardware store. It's essentially shelf-liner, but it worked great.

What really made this a "large" was a quote on both covers of the book that I did in needlepoint. Here's the first part:

(The tiny steampunk bits at the bottom of this side were not entirely useless -- they camouflage the screwposts to make them look like they're part of the design  Wink)

Here's the 2nd part, on the other side:

Here's what it says in its entirety:
"Be wicked, be brave, be drunk, be reckless, be dissolute, be despotic, be an anarchist, be a suffragette, be anything you like -- but for pity's sake be it to the top of your bent...Live fully, live passionately, live disastrously. Let's live, you and I, as none have ever lived before." - Violet Trefusis, 1918

The purse-handle idea came after I'd finished the book, so unfortunately the needlework pieces are upside down when it is carried like a purse.  Roll Eyes The art nouveau patterns came from old books found on the Antique Pattern Library website.

Here is the inside of it, with the screw-posts that make the book stay shut and hold a purse handle.

The first page is a sheet of scrapbook paper folded to become a carrying pouch for loose materials.

I also decorated a couple of Altoids tins to go with the book, but didn't get photos of those; one was extra small and I attached it to the book to hold the screwposts when they're not in use. The other was full of journaling prompts on little cards. Since the book structure had a 3-ring binder, I included different "refills" like a dream journal and a list-making set that helps bring awareness of the cycles of one's life. Those refill packets were found at a second-hand art supply store, along with the metal 3-ring binder piece, and I hole-punched blank and decorated pages as well.

In retrospect (it's been seven years!  Shocked), there are things I would have done differently, but I still like the idea/concept overall. It was scary to mount the needlework in between bookboards, and then turn those bookboards into a finished book, knowing that it all had to be right on the first try. Tearing things up to start over would have ruined the needlework (which took forever), and there were swap deadlines approaching, so it had to be whatever it was going to be. The fact that it turned out okay was a huge relief!
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6  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: June 21, 2015 01:22:53 PM
Yay, I unexpectedly received two patches from goatgoddess!

First, rainbow-themed:

And second, on my Latin America theme, a loteria card!

The nopal fruits are numerous french knots, and far neater than any french knots I could ever manage.  Grin

Both patches are super-cool, thank you!!!
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7  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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8  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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9  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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10  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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