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191  Re: Summer Fill a Flat Rate box swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: July 13, 2009 12:08:40 PM
I received a wonderful box of goodies from katilady this weekend. She did a great job on her first swap and I cannot wait to use everything she sent.

First up is a collection of awesome paper ephemera like stamps, old letters, Asian themed paper, mullberry paper,music sheets and a Frank Lloyd Wright calendar.

Next is some awesome mixed media craft books and supplies like scrabble tiles, old photographs and altoid tins.

More art supplies including a handcarved stamp!

And finally bamboo knitting needles, bamboo yarn, soap and buttons.

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192  DIY Hackle in Spinning: Completed Projects by LeapFeetFirst on: June 10, 2009 07:19:19 PM
Using the instructions and videos I found on Yarn Zombie, I created my own hackle. This project was really easy and cheap to do- my favorite type of project!! The hardest part was finding the right combs, but after the third dollar store, I was finally able to find what I was looking for.

Here is a close up shot of the completed hackle.

A wider shot. I just use clamps to hold it to my table or counter top.

Here are some before, in process and after shots I took of some Sheep Shed Studio roving I dyed myself. I think I might have felted the fiber a little bit, so this was a good way to separate the fibers as well as blend the colors.

Fiber Before:

The hackle loaded with fiber. I got about one ounce of fiber on my hackle before it got too full. I think I am going to build a larger version so I can blend more fibers.

Another shot of the loaded hackle.

Using a button as a diz to pull the fiber off the hackle.

Half way through the process. I am going from right to left in this picture. You will leave some fiber behind as you pull the fibers through the diz/button

The after shot of blended roving

The fiber before and after:

And the fiber that is left on the hackle.

As of right now I have just been pulling the extra fiber off the hackle and storing it in a bag to either felt or use when I eventually get a drum carder. If anyone has advice on how to get more fiber off with the diz and leave less fiber behind, or any other advice- it would be much appreciated!!
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193  Embroidered animal quilt blocks in Needlework: Completed Projects by LeapFeetFirst on: June 08, 2009 05:36:18 PM
My partner for the latest round of the "Invite Your Partner Swap" wanted me to make some quilt blocks with animals that represent each of her family members. I also did a koi quilt block because she had one on her wist.

First up: my favorite one- a happy little bumble bee. I love his smile Grin

I traced both the fox and bumble bee from clip art I found on Microsoft Word.

The frog and monkey came from an embroidery kit I got a few years ago.

The koi fish is an enlarged version of the one in the Doodle Stitching book.

For size reference, these were done on 8X8 squares of white quilters cotton. I used mostly stem stitch, french knots, satin stitch ,and split stitch and a fancy couching on the bumble bee.
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194  Re: Givers and Needers Swap R 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: June 08, 2009 05:25:07 PM
Here is my wonderful angel package from stereoette.

First up is a set of blank note cards that will be perfect for swaps.

Next is a measuring tape bracelet just like the one on my wish list.

And finally a really cool glass pendant as modeled by my clematis plant. This pendant is really iridescent and it is hard to get a good photo of it. I really love it though, and I have barely taken it off since I received it last week.

Thank you stereoette for being such a wonderful angel!!
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195  Re: A crafty detective gallery of sneakiness!! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: May 21, 2009 04:05:53 PM
Whew, I finally have a moment to sit down and post my wonderful package from JennyBear!

First up the beautiful origami paper that everything was wrapped in:

Two glass pendants: one with a map of my town and another with the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland.

A shrinky dink pendant based off of one on my wist:

Some really awesome spirograph gift tags. I cannot wait to use these. I might actually put some in a frame for my craft room.

Some buttons for me to craft with:

And finally, an awesome purse! I totally love this purse. I have been using it for a week now, and it is perfect. It is big enough to carry everything I need, with out being too big. I love the kangaroo pocket in the front- it is a perfect spot for my keys so I don't loose them in the bottom of the purse.

Close up of the front pocket:

Thank you JennyBear for such a wonderful, well constructed, and beautiful package. I love everything!!
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196  Re: Another Crafty Detective Swap!! send outs extended to 5-08!!! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by LeapFeetFirst on: May 14, 2009 03:39:09 PM
I received my package today!! I love everything and now I am off to do some detective work to figure out who sent me my wonderful new goodies. The only clue I have is this cryptic marking at the bottom of my letter  Grin:

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197  Re: IYP 12: The Sock Hop! gallery of awesomeness!!! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: May 09, 2009 06:36:36 PM
I recieved a wonderful package of sewn goodies from meleriffic this week. I asked her to sew some baby goodies for my soon-to-be-born nephew, and boy did she deliver

She made some burp cloths,

A taggie blanket. I love the farm fabric she used for this.


And another blanket. The pom pom trim on this one is so much fun!

As if that wasn't enough, she also made me a skirt! I am already in love with this skirt. It has a water theme to it and the fabrics are just perfect. I don't have any action shots yet, but I will take some tomorrow.

There are two fish appliques on the back too.

Thank you meleriffic for such a thoughtful and well made (the stitching and construction are impeccable on everything!!) swap package!! I am really grateful.

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198  Re: Handspun Yarn and/or Fiber Swap Round 2 in New Swap Theme Ideas by LeapFeetFirst on: May 09, 2009 06:27:04 PM
Here is my haul from the fiber fest I went to today:

I have silk hankies, bamboo, BFL, carded batts, merino/bamboo/, merino/seacell, merino/bamboo/nylon. I can't wait to use some of this for this swap!!
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199  Re: Creative Construction Kit Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: April 25, 2009 02:58:49 PM
I received an awesome package from DesignVigilante last week, and I have been so busy that I haven't had time to post pictures.

DesignVigilante made me a project bag to carry my WIPs. It has a wonderful owl lining!

She also made me some wonderful washcloths. These are so awesome that I am kind of afraid to use them Grin

I really love everything and I am already using my new tote/project bag!
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200  Re: A swap for dyers! Gallery time!! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: March 29, 2009 06:08:37 PM
I received my wonderful package from astormorray a few days ago. I finally found some time to take pictures this afternoon.

First up- 4 oz of merino roving. The colors are so pretty and the merino is so soft- I just want to pet it all day Grin

Astormorray also carded up some batts for me!!! There were four different 1 oz batts, all in a simliar colorway- a wonderful blue/green/yellow mix. The batts are a mix of mohair, romney, cotswald, punta, tussah silk, nylon, and rambolette.

And as if that wasn't enough astormorray also included small samples of other fibers for me to try out. From the top- there is viscose, unbleached flax, bleached flax, ingeo, and blond camel top

Thank you astormorray for such a beautiful and thoughtful package!!!
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