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131  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Gallery (send by Aug. 3 2012) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 20, 2012 07:12:02 PM
Rosie1981 is swamped with work and hasn't had time to post a photo of the flag I sent her, so I'll do so.

This wasn't one of the words on Rose's list - I just had the idea of incorporating something round into the middle of it, and it evolved into a dreamcatcher, which led to the text. It's a vintage linen handkerchief, cut down in size and dyed. The writing is done in puff paint.

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132  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2012 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 17, 2012 08:02:58 PM
Not quite a swap, just a unilaterally-sent package, but I just received some wonderful vintage French linens from the fabulous EdelC, bought last month on her now-annual European Camper Van Tour, and I just have to share them somewhere.

I've never even owned one handkerchief case before, and now I have three! It makes me feel all Jane Austen-y. Here's a detail of the embroidered farmer so you can see the geese in the baskets he's carrying!

The handkerchief cases might have been made by young girls, but the lace on this linen cloth is the work of someone who's been doing it for many years. Absolutely exquisite.

This little cut-work napkin is the sort of thing you see in stores today, machine-made in China. But this is the original thing. Look at the detail of the butterfly:

Thanks, Edel!  Kiss It was very sweet of you to think of me, and when you least expect it, something might just land in your mailbox in return!

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133  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Gallery (send by Aug. 3 2012) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 09, 2012 06:10:11 PM
I got my second flag today, from Rosie1981.

In addition to my list, I said "do whatever you like" and she did this beautifully minimal forest sketch in oil pastels, and embroidered the text on it. (Unfortunately the photo doesn't show how textural the embroidery is in real life.)

Thanks, Rose! I love Robert Frost, and I like how you only needed three words to suggest the entire poem.

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134  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Gallery (send by Aug. 3 2012) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 07, 2012 08:02:03 PM
I love that one, Cinnamoon!

Here's another ten flags...

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135  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Gallery (send by Aug. 3 2012) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 03, 2012 07:08:27 PM
As promised, here are some "virtual clotheslines" of the flags received so far.

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136  Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 31, 2012 06:06:36 PM
Have you noticed that pairs of partners have been receiving at the same time? That's so cool!

Glad you liked the harvest basket. The wood came courtesy of my boss - the cedar was scrap he had left over from building a new deck, and the oak branch was one I kept after helping him prune a tree last fall. (Never throw anything out.) Wink Those beans look like a good start to your harvest! There was also another loose stone in the package - did you find it?

Here's the great package I received in return:

First, this excellent personalized Lammas card and the warm fleecy nightcap I'd strongly hinted about. It's a bit large even for my oversize head, but that's so much better than too small, which is the kind of hats I usually get! It'll be easy to make it a bit smaller, but I don't think I'll alter it until I've worn it one night. Large might turn out to be the right size!.

And this extraordinary shirt! Complicated neckline and lace-up cuffs, sleeve gussets, gores for added fullness at the waist - it would've been quite a challenge to sew from a full-size pattern - it's hard to imagine you just drafted it from a tutorial! (It's quite a good fit, by the way.) Sorry about the dull indoor photo - I was planning to do it outside this afternoon, but a thunderstorm got in the way. Angry

Look how great the sleeves are!

But that's not all! Cheesy

The extras included a beautifully-scented jar candle, a pot of deliciously citrus-y lip balm (it's hard to imagine needing that in this muggy heat, but it'll be much appreciated in a few months!), a bottle of essential oil insect repellent (that I can certainly use right away!) and four perfectly-matched pieces of beach glass from Lake Erie. (I especially love beach glass, which you must have somehow intuited.)

And best of all - a lifetime supply of shaving soap! There's a background story here: HG and I were partners in a swap a year or more ago, and she sent me three pieces of shaving soap. Unlike so many homemade soaps it lasts forever - I still have one piece left from the original swap! I mentioned that it was my favourite shaving soap ever, so she sent the rest of the batch!

Thanks for all this great stuff. I hope it was fun to make - it certainly was to receive!

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137  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Gallery (send by Aug. 3 2012) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 28, 2012 09:56:28 AM
I received my first flag yesterday, and it didn't take too long coming from Britain. Of course Phizzychick sent super-early, which helped a lot.

Look at how great this is! It includes not only one of the words from my list   but several of my other favourite textile things - vintage lace, linen, random stitching, etc.

Here's a detail to show the layers and the stitching.

And almost as good as the flag itself is this piece of printed card that Phizzy attached the flag to so it would stay flat in the envelope. Not a forbidden extra, of course, just packing material! Wink

Thanks for this!

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138  Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 20, 2012 12:42:36 PM
Finally got my last stamp, from Sheeshakaye!

It's a double-sided stamp carved on a jumbo pink eraser, with two different wonky gears on each side. One is even monogrammed!

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139  Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 06, 2012 11:15:10 AM
Just got a great package from chibilightangel, all covered with postage stamps of the Calgary Stampede and Franklin the Turtle. As I was opening it I thought "These are the best-smelling rubber stamps ever!" But it turned out not to be the stamps I could smell.

She included a lovely bar of home-made soap! And two great stamps, which look eerily familiar. Now, I don't think I put "Celtic knotwork" or "monograms" on my topics list, so it's just freakily cool that chibilightangel and Elyxandra both sent me one of each.

Thanks for these lovelies!

Only one more left to arrive.  Sad

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140  Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 05, 2012 01:45:22 PM
I received from Elyxandra today! Five great stamps - I'm glad the one I sent her was big or I would have felt like a slacker!

I especially love the sun/moon with the zodiac, and the bird. They all have that lovely free style that makes them so much more interesting than most commercially-made ones. 

Thanks, Elyxandra!

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