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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 1 Gallery 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
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: July, August, September 2015 Birthday Swap! Gallery and Discussion on: August 26, 2015 10:41:10 AM
Really -- She's been away for a few years now!  Huh I just checked and she was on Ravelry a couple months ago, so at least she's not altogether gone.
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: July, August, September 2015 Birthday Swap! Gallery and Discussion on: August 26, 2015 09:44:16 AM
To give credit where credit is due, the tatted bracelet was made several years ago by the very talented Craftster member sewknitter.  Smiley
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 1 Gallery on: August 24, 2015 08:25:18 PM
Blast it all...The computer I'm using is not recognizing removable media suddenly. Since I have neither smartphone nor webcam, I'll have to wait until I have access to a different computer this weekend to get photos posted of the AWESOME patches GoldenSunshine sent me. Let the suspenseful awaiting begin........now!  Cheesy
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap- Discussion Thread on: August 22, 2015 09:39:45 PM
I keep being tempted by this swap, but the turnaround time (2 weeks) has me spooked!  I love making and receiving TM patches, but am paranoid of deadlines (which is why you will almost always see me sending early!)

 Shocked Roll Eyes Tongue

I'm waiting to claim until after I have something ready to send -- that helps with the panic!
16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 1 (July 29- August 29, 2015) on: August 22, 2015 09:28:21 AM
I'm going to claim crazyda79 for beach/flipflops and probably one of the flower themes.

Sending by: September 5

About me: I'm Heather in California, U.S. For the most part, I prefer to not have words added to patches (it's fine if there are already words on the fabric you use). I'm completely happy with an abstract patch that has nothing specific on it, if it is still inspired by any of the themes below. Here is my hefty list of ideas:

  • Earthy, bohemian, nature-y texture, eclectic spirituality, wabi-sabi, holistic wellness...elements, chakras, mandala, hamsa/eye of Fatima, tree of life, etc. (Patches I already have: ohm symbol, gingko leaf, labyrinth, luna moth, night sky)
  • Morocco or India/Bollywood aesthetics--paisley, sparkly, rich or sparse colors, henna designs, tapestry, non-Roman letters, Arabic geometric patterns, etc.
  • Animals being their awesome selves
  • Mexican kitsch, or other Latin American aesthetics/culture
  • A vibrant needlework, fiber art, and/or beading sampler patch, monochrome or as multicolored as you want to go!
  • Rainbow
  • If you have dyed or printed some fabric (shibori, snow dying, screenprinting, blockprinting, etc), and have an extra swatch of it, I'd love to have that as a patch
  • Gay pinup man (I've seen a series of these fabric prints, and there's also a gay male toile fabric in existence. If you already have one of these, I'd love a patch.   Smiley) ...Heck, I'll add gay pinup woman to the list, too; why not.
  • A landscape patch to be added to a larger playmat for a 3-year-old girl. I have lots of playmat ideas here. A simple rectangle of ground-cover print fabric would be fine, but feel free to do whatever you want with it.
  • A machine-stitched/-embroidered patch in a cool pattern

I have no preferred sizes, shapes or colors. Abnormally shaped patches are fine but I'm not specifically seeking them out.

I would prefer NOT to receive these kinds of fabric prints or colors: girly/baby/juvenile, modern or tiny floral, licensed characters, country-western, country-kitchen, 1980s, plaid, Southwestern, breast-cancer-pink, mauve, burgundy, hunter green, and what is listed in the "dislikes" from my Craftster profile.

Here is a Pinterest board of additional non-specific ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/callunacraft/visuals-prints-patterns-colors-textures/
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: July, August, September 2015 Birthday Swap! (SU through Aug 23) on: August 14, 2015 06:08:13 PM
Hello all, Im Heather in central California. My birthday was July 4th. Im studying to be a librarian/archivist, I catalog childrens books online (yay, working from home now!), and am in a wonderful relationship. When Im not in front of the computer Im practicing tai chi or yoga, wandering out in nature, gardening, or making food...Not much crafting these days, but Im working hard to build a life that allows for more creative activity. The future is very uncertain at the moment--many exciting possibilities on the horizon (one of which is living in Yosemite National Park!  Shocked). I'm packing up to move out of my beloved house soon, so I dont want to acquire non-functional things right now, as much as I appreciate art and beauty.
Im fine with most colors, so here are the shades I dislike: pink, maroon/burgundy, mauve, melon, hunter green, and navy blue. My tastes run a gamut of granola-bohemian-earthy, multicultural, vintage, androgynous, whimsical, sparkly, and functional. I'm happy receiving clean, used, and upcycled materials, but please dont send things that smell of smoke, mildew, or artificial fragrances. If you want to make me something wearable, Im small-sized and petite (read short, haha). Except my head, for some reason.

My Craftster profile has more info, and theres always the Pinterest (the Inspiration boards are for my own reference, not wishlists), but also please feel free to PM me with any questions.

My wishlist:


- a set of full-sized sheets: tie-dye, batik, ombre, shibori, stamp, indigo, or whatever other thing you want to do with them

- a stenciled tee for my partner (mens XL or XXL): Some reference to BoJack Horseman, Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, classic cheesy 80s action flics, Tenacious D, or Rick & Morty. Preferably just an image, rather than a quote, but words that are part of something else are fine (like this shirt worn in Bojack Horseman, for example)

- a big, unisex, knit cold-weather hat. Any fiber is fine as long as it is warm and sturdy.

- Reusable cloth pad(s) with snap closure. Flannel seems to be the best outer fabric. Thank you, plaidpineapple!

- a water-resistant bag that can be mounted on bicycle handlebars. Strip(s) of reflective fabric, for safety purposes, would be awesome.

- a terry cloth towel (any size bigger than a washcloth) with the narrow band embroidered in some non-traditional or unexpected way (Im not too fond of floral home decor or monograms).

- homemade and natural skin, dental, cleaning, or hair care items. I hardly use any store-bought cleaning or toiletry items anymore, so Im game for whatever you want to make!

- herbal tea youve concocted, either loose or bagged

- foods youve prepared that will outlast the hot-weather postal voyage -- jam, preserves, cured olives, dehydrated fruit or jerky, roasted nuts, meal-in-a-jar, sweets, etc.

- a decorated USB jump-drive/thumb-drive

- t-shirt recon to yoga pants

- t-shirt recon to undies

- an ATC (altered trading card)

- crochet hook cut down to fit on a keychain

- a prayer flag

Supplies, smatterings, and extras:

- any size felting needles (I have the multi-needle holder already, but my needles are really worn out).

- fiber scraps for felting, or spinning a hodgepodge yarn

- luscious batts/roving/carded fiber for spinning or felting. Sparkly stuff is my favorite.  Smiley

- bulky-weight rug-making yarn - either an earth tone or a rich, bold color.

- fabric for a kids playmat. Scraps of any size are fine.

- hacked mason jar lids such as this. Any size.

- 3x3 slot clear plastic binder sleeves for holding ATCs

Thank you!!
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: July, August, September 2015 Birthday Swap! Gallery and Discussion on: August 13, 2015 10:44:15 PM
I just sent in my questionnaire, and finished crafting a claim. My birthday was in July, but I have been spoiled so many times in this swap over the years that it wouldn't bother me if I don't get claimed at all this time around!  Smiley
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap- Discussion Thread on: August 11, 2015 04:28:05 PM
I'm taking advantage of a sick-day, and not being able to claim again yet, to make some more patches for myself from memory-filled scraps. You know those t-shirt quilts that were everywhere for a while? I'm doing that in TM-style, with a mix of non-jersey clothing scraps as well. Some of the non-stretch fabric will end up in patches I send to other people too.
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Needlepoint-covered, toteable notebook 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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