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11  Re: Paper De-Stash and Junk Journal Goodies 2016 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: January 14, 2017 11:52:57 AM
Is there any easier gratification than opening up a packed envelope of STUFF? It really doesn't matter what it is, and it doesn't matter that what I received from SonjaBoo is, in some cases, almost identical to what I sent her. In fact, that makes me even more excited to see it! Sorting through it again this afternoon to take photos was just as exciting as seeing it for the first time last night. Was this what Christmas was like when we were very small? I don't remember, but I'll bet a neurologist would look at the brain scans and say they were exactly the same. Cheesy

Anyhow, here's the amazing pile of stuff I got:

First off, several vintage magazines and booklets, including this 1950's Boy Scout manual on fingerprinting. (Introduced by J. Edgar Hoover himself!) This is especially funny, because one of the things I think I sent was a fingerprint card. I also sent some pages from a bird book, but fortunately not the same one she sent me. The brochure from the UFO Museum in Roswell is a particular favourite. And there are several paper sample books and some book pages.

SonjaBoo warned me that she had lots of scrapbook papers to get rid of, and I said "Bring it on!" And did she ever - along with pages from paper sample books and other great papers. Some of it is flocked, and none of it is glittery. (Thank you for that!)

On the right-hand side here is sample of tarot-themed wallpaper that I love so much I'm going to have to see if the pattern is still available. (It says "Printed in Canada", so you never know.) Needless to say, I also sent a wallpaper sample, though a couple of generations older and not half so cool. There were various book pages (including one from a Golden Book guide to wildflowers that I'm pretty sure I own), ephemera, more printed papers, and a large folded sheet of green glassine paper. Shocked

A few hand-painted papers. I think I sent about the same amount.

Some vintage fruit labels and Victorian photographs (both original and repro), postcards, a spelling notebook, bingo card, valentine, coffee sleeve (I wish I'd thought of sending one of those!) and a couple of Lunar New Year's money envelopes. I had intended to include a few in my package too, but I never had a chance to get down to Chinatown to a stall I know that always has the best selection. Sad And tickets - we all love tickets, don't we?

And finally some miscellaneous stuff, including die-cuts, tags (both chalkboard and translucent), a couple of slide mounts and a bee-impressed Paperclay medallion that I absolutely love. The pharmaceutical label rub-ons are pretty spectacular, too.

Thank you for all this fabulousness, Erika! Like you, I could have sent 10 times as much, and it would probably have made it even more obvious that you and I have exactly the same stash! Cheesy

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12  Re: Slow cloth/boro embroidery patches - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: November 06, 2016 01:57:53 PM
Ooooh! What amazing stuff has been happening in this Gallery while I wasn't looking. Cheesy
I love these swaps where each person's interpretation of the basic idea is totally unlike anyone else's.

I finally finished my patches for JoyfulClover Embarrassed and packaged them up to send tomorrow, so I allowed myself to open the envelope that arrived from her earlier this week.

Wow! Here's two more completely different ways of working:

I love the purple and green colour combination of the first one. I wouldn't have put those two shades together myself, and it's a real revelation! Jaime said she hoped I could see the dragon head in the rust-dyed scrap, and I certainly can. He's a fierce one! And look at the way she's stitched over the batik leaf fabric - it changes it into something completely different.

And my favourite part of the other is that while most of the stitching is white, a few lines in each direction are lime green. It's quite discreet, and not noticeable at first, but absolutely brilliant. And again, lime green and indigo blue - who knew?

Thanks so much for these - they're wonderful. I have to figure out a way to use the dragon patch without losing the irregularity of the edges. (Now I'm sorry I tidied up the edges of the ones I sent - oh well!)

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13  Re: Slow Cloth/Boro Style Patches - Signups 9/18 - 10/1, Sendouts 10/31/16 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: October 16, 2016 05:25:14 AM

The fall colours have been unusually spectacular this year, so we drove out to the country yesterday for a bit of leaf-peeping on a gloriously bright day. It seemed like a good opportunity for a bit of relaxing stitching as well, and while I was working, this cheeky dragonfly decided to use my piece of cloth as a picnic blanket on which he could eat the fly he'd just caught. I sternly warned him not to make a mess, but nonetheless when he'd done there were crumbs everywhere. Cheesy

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14  Re: Stitched mandala swap gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 17, 2016 05:42:46 PM
Technically the actual mandala is only 5", it's just surrounded by lot of other stuff, lol!

I leave it to you to judge the honesty of that statement:

I suggested that I'd like something I could apply to a cushion cover, and I gave a dimension of about 16 inches. So what did I get? A sixteen inch diameter piece of embroidery! Shocked

This is the "actual mandala", which is about 5" in diameter.

But a few photos can't begin to show the splendor of the rest surrounding spiral part of the mandala. Just look at this:

The richly varied background fabrics are all covered with a huge variety of embroidery stitches, some of which blend with the colours and some contrast beautifully with them. And the whole thing is set off by one arm of the spiral being in white-on-white, which was one of the ideas on my questionnaire list. But knowing that craftylittlemonkey loves colour so much, I told her to ignore that one. I'm so glad she didn't!

Thank you so much for this, and I can hardly wait to sew it up into a cushion. It's something I'll never get tired of.

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15  Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 15, 2016 05:44:30 PM
I do have a photo of the pie badge. It shows the filling a bit better, although it doesn't show how glittery the sequin cherries are in real life. Cheesy

So glad it arrived safely, Bec. And I love the owl badge - what a great shape!

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16  Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 10, 2016 01:43:16 PM
I finally received from bec99 in Australia! (My package to her must now be the last one outstanding.)

I received this tiny goose badge because of a board on my Pinterest account where I collect images of gnomes riding geese. It's research for a future project, and this determined little goose will be perfect to keep reminding me that I need to start working on it!

Bec also sent a lovely Australia magnet, and a packet of strong Aussie tea.

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17  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R7! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 28, 2016 05:42:20 PM
I've been waiting impatiently for an antipodean package in the Felt Badge Swap, and somehow had forgotten all about the TM Patch swap. Embarrassed So it made it an even greater pleasure to unpack this bulging envelope from fatewineroses this morning.

The two patches are brilliant. First, this portrait and quote of the late Harvey Milk. Cherie noticed him on one of my Pinterest boards and quite correctly decided I need to have him on a patch.

Then, from my list, "Cocktail Hour". I love both the title and the slogan lettering, and the mad, mad "smart people", with their jackets and ties and sleeveless cocktail gowns.

Just in case you weren't already awestruck by the embroidery here...

But then there were the extras and the "supplies kit". They almost upstage those wonderful patches:

First, some fabrics, ranging from plain broadcloth to a wonderful coffee-themed print.

Then a selection of ribbons and trims. Get a load of that embroidered ric-rac, and the kitchen-themed gros-grain!

But wait, there's more! Look at this collection of buttons and other stuff. Note the restroom token (How did you know I collect tokens?) and the laser-cut "lovely" lettering. In the middle are two round canvas tags, waiting to be decorated.

And finally, just to keep this from being just another boring swap package, she included two collector cards showing the work of fantasy artists! (Michael Whelan and Rowena Merrill, if you're wondering.)

This is an absolutely awesome package - one of those that I can scarcely believe is all mine. Thanks so much for this! Kiss

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18  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R7! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 08, 2016 02:55:03 PM
It's great seeing them all in a stream - I especially love the antique telescope! I hope you'll let us see the sewn-together science quilt.

Because there may (or may not) be a Canada Post lock-out (or strike) on Monday, I sent mine off to fatewineroses by Expedited Mail on Wednesday. It should be safely across the border well ahead of any postal shut-down here. RovingAnarchist and I just decided to avoid the whole thing and meet up to exchange packages, since we live in the same city.

She made two quite small borderless patches (I find I really like the little ones!) that are so perfect for me:

Did you dye the fabric on the tree patch just for this, Milo, or did it just happen to be so perfect? The dense, black stitching is very lush and textural, too.

But that's not all - there were extras:

A quarter-meter of cocktail print fabric that is so fantastic, I can't stop looking at it. I don't know what I'm going to make out this, but it'll be spectacular! Cheesy

One of the advantages of exchanging in person is that she could give me an entire package of fleece! I actually didn't have any of the right thickness for patches, so I've been faking it with some rayon batting I had, but it's not right either. Now I can make 1,000,000 patches! Cheesy And there are crewel needles (perfect for fat floss stitching), needle threaders (embarrassingly needed) and some DMC floss. Believe it or not, the red is exactly the colour I was wishing I'd had for one of the patches I sewed! It was a great help that RovingAnarchist and I finally got to meet at the Craftster meet-up a couple weeks ago. She knew exactly what I wanted, and I hope I got hers right, too.

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19  Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 06, 2016 09:06:05 AM
Wonderful stuff piling up here in the Gallery! I could never have imagined felt could be used in so many wonderful ways. I received from isaacmom01 on Monday:

I love the simplicity of this badge, with the tree and the colours for the four elements. Thanks so much for this, and I hope yours arrives quickly!

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20  Re: Fabric Art Journals Page Swap #5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 23, 2016 06:46:38 PM
Alwaysinmyroom obviously had a lot of fun with the page I received from her yesterday. One of the semi-random words I threw onto my list was "soup", and this was the result:

It's brilliant, charming, and very funny! I'm looking forward to thanking you in person for this, Linda, at our Craftster Meet-up tomorrow in Hamilton. Kiss

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