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.
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 ). 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 ).
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 )
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. 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! ), 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!
I'm going to eye people's lists and get started making patches before I'm eligible to claim again, so I can pounce the next time that person's list comes up--and I'll have the patches ready to go faster! (This approach is a gamble since people might not post their list again, or remove a theme you've selected to craft. You might end up keeping the patch yourself. Or, quite possibly, the patch could fit someone else's themes instead.)
Oh my, calluna! You now give me 2 more themes for me! The list is ever growing!!
Good! I aim to enable.
One month at a time for the swap is good. That will also potentially give you organizers a breather to evaluate how it's going and how/if to continue. Sometimes things stall out after a while in a chain swap, and it gets awkward. August will be over before we know it, so that should also help keep things moving--though I'm sure there will be some big lulls while everyone's trying to get their claims finished and sent out.
I'm going to claim MommyTheMaid for baby animals and Day of the Dead...possibly burlesque as well if my idea works out. Sending by: August 17
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!
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. ) ...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.
I went away for a long weekend and came back to some great additions to the gallery! I love them all!
Exactly what I was going to say! I can't even keep up.
As for what to do with the patches, I'm making a binder cover, which takes almost twice as many patches as a standard book cover. And I'm taking all my sentimental fabric scraps and turning them into a TM pseudo-quilt. I'd planned to make a real quilt for years, with no idea what I was doing, and it was headed down a disastrous road. TM-style patches are more forgiving of wonkiness.
I'm also feverishly pining to make a table runner like this.