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61  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 07, 2015 06:52:56 PM
We're ending this Gallery with a last splash of amazing prayer flags! And I can add one more, because my flag from P_E_S_T finally arrived, after months of postal mayhem.

My word was "forest", and her interpretation of it (and the bonus word "roots") produced this rich, textured flag that I absolutely love! There's so much wonderfulness going on here, I hardly know what to highlight.

The word "forest" is spelled out in gold thread, couched in rust red. The beautifully-dyed silk (which my photos don't do justice to) is deeply stitched and embellished with little clusters of seed beads tucked among the roots.

And I love both this tree-printed tape and the free-motion stitching around it. The stitched stars with their sprays of pearl beads are like tiny explosions!

Thanks so much for this, P_E_S_T! I love it, and it was so worth the wait.

I'll get a photo of all six of my flags as soon as I can get to it in the daylight.

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62  Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - February 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 24, 2015 05:32:26 PM
Yay! My package has finally arrived from Alittlemusthave! Oddly, my package to her took only a couple of weeks, which is pretty good to Australia, and hers took something like six to come to Canada. But it was so worth it! Look at this sweet, ruddy-cheeked beet boy:

I'd put "root vegetables" on my list, but what I was really imagining was a beet, and here it is! And like some people might geek out to see the correct uniform insignia on a Star Trek character dotee, I'm thrilled that she got the leaves so perfect! The shape, the little red veins, the colours - all so botanically right! Cheesy

Thanks so much for this lil' fella. I think hope he may be the start of a whole garden of little friends. Wink

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63  Beltane Merrymaking - WWP Swap 56 ( New Send out date April 27) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: March 22, 2015 07:14:14 PM

Beltane Merrymaking - WWP SWAP 56


Oh, do not tell the priest our plight, or he would call it a sin,
But we've been out in the woods all night, a-conjuring summer in,
And we bring you good news by word of mouth, good news for cattle
      and corn
Now is the sun come up from the south, by Oak, and Ash, and

Rudyard Kipling

Swap name: Beltane Merrymaking WWP Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up date range: 03/23/2015 - 04/01/2015
Date to send bone by: 04/27/2015 (changed)

Limited to a certain number of people? NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? NO
Swap Organizer himself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this unicorn zombie apocalypse has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If mailing within his/her country, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this sap: YES
- If outside the his/her country, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Beltane is the Celtic name for the ancient celebration held across Europe and America on the First of May, the day that falls half-way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. Like October 31, its opposite on the Wheel of the Year, this night was held to be a time when the separation was at its thinnest between our world and the Other World of fairies, spirits and the dead.

Traditionally in Britain and western Europe, young people took to the woods as night fell on April 31st, and celebrated with games, dancing, drinking and a degree of sexual freedom usually not allowed the rest of the year. They danced out again as the sun rose into the sky on May 1st, exhausted, ecstatic, and often, considerably more experienced. Flowers and branches of tree blossoms such as hawthorn were gathered and used to decorate homes and create the familiar May Pole for circle dances. Even after the Church had succeeded in damping down the more openly sexual aspects of the revels, May Day or Midsummer's Day continued to be celebrated throughout Britain and Europe with May poles, traditional dancing, masquerading, and odd rituals. May Day revels were even carried to the New World, in spite of the Puritans' attempts to stamp out such "heathenism."

Let's craft some merriment of our own for this year's Beltane revels!  What do you need to shake off the lethargy of the long winter we've all come through? How do you share your joy that Summer is finally on its way? This is a time for flower garlands, bright costumes and masks, music and dancing, celebratory food and drink, and everything that makes a wild party!

Come and join our Midsummer Madness! To participate in the swap, complete this questionnaire and send it by PM to the swap, Wulf.

Name of swap:Beltane Merrymaking WWP Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Are you able and willing to post photos of the package you receive?
Do you understand that you must obtain a tracking number for your package if mailing within your country, or retain the mailing receipt if sending internationally?

How do you describe your current religion/spirituality/tradition/magical practice?
Do you consider yourself a newcomer or have you been on this path for a long time?
Are you out of the broom closet (do your friends/family know you are Wiccan/Pagan/whatever)?
Are there any gods, deities, spirits, saints etc. that are especially important to you?
Are you okay with tasteful nudity?
Do you have a Facebook page, Pinterest or other information to share with your partner?
Will you be doing anything to celebrate Beltane this year? Will you attend a festival or gathering?
Is there anything you would especially like to receive?
Is there anything you do NOT want?
Is there anything you wouldn't be willing to craft for because of your beliefs?
What kinds of crafts do you do?
Do you have any allergies or aversions to anything? Are you okay with non-vegan materials like leather, feathers, etc.?
What allergens are in your environment?
Anything else you want to add?

Also, remember to read the unicorn zombie apocalypse Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Links to some previous Beltane WWP Swaps:

Midsummer swappers:

holistic knitter

cutelittledevil ↔ holistic knitter
Wulf ↔ edelC
monnie31 ↔ frosty772
LA-fairy ↔ Ludi
myloveasdeep ↔ spazgirl1981
Mamaneedles ↔ whileitsraining
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64  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 05, 2015 06:13:50 PM
Welcome home, P_E_S_T! And what a treat to have flags waiting for you.

I'd be very envious of alwaysinmyroom and jenleahlynn, except that I received an equally stunning flag from SonjaBoo today too. It's amazing to see these three together and realize how different they are!

My photo doesn't really do it justice, as it was hard to keep it from getting washed out, but the word was "solitude" and Erika said she wanted to use a map to show "solitude in the midst of so many places". I love that the map of Canada is an old one, showing city and geographic names that changed decades ago!

SonjaBoo must have an amazing stock of vintage floral trims, because in addition to the great vintage buttons framing the Thoreau quote, she used this row of wonderful gauze flowers.

And as great as the flag is, it's almost eclipsed by the amazing tag that accompanied it! I wish a photo could show the texture and sparkle this has in real life.

Thanks so much for this - it's inspiring to see someone else's idea of "solitude" being so different from mine.

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65  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 02, 2015 06:04:38 PM
I love the immediacy of the "Positive Thoughts" flag. You only have to catch sight of it out of the corner of your eye, Susan, and those grouchy urges will flee! Sonjaboo, isn't it great that we all used flowers? I wasn't consciously thinking of you under all that snow, but it must've been at the back of my mind!

And rscowtown, it was very clever of you to hang top bit of text off your "Jesus" flag. It's otherwise so simple, and that little thing makes you look at it more carefully.

Lucky me, I received TWO flags today, from alwaysinmyroom and jenleahlynn.

Jenleahlynn did "Boundless" for me, and I love the cleanness of the silhouetted figure against the delicately coloured background. If you look closely, you'll see that there are mountains sketched in with very fine embroidery.

And for this one I have to show the back, because it has this hidden mandala on it. Is it dyed, painted, stamped? I can't tell, but the colours are beautifully subtle.

This is from alwaysinmyroom, and she used fabric printed by our own sheepblue! The sun absolutely glows in the middle, and the few lines of stitching stitching accent the trees perfectly. You can't really see in the photo, but those beautiful, big, rectangular beads are a deep red-amber.

Thank you both so much - I love both of these. They're so different, and yet both so perfect!

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66  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 27, 2015 06:36:29 PM
Artsycandice, you have the BEST fabrics! I would never have imagined such a bold print could be meditative, but it is!

Finally, I can stop envying everyone else's wonderful stuff here (and it is an AMAZING Gallery!) because I've received my first flag! Cheesy

cmarion3 used her new machine-of-a-thousand-stitches to create this "silence" flag. I had to include the tiny card she attached because it's so nice. Inside, it says "Sh-h-h-h... quiet...silence... it's silent in the woods."  Cheesy

She's stitched the lettering onto organza ribbon in matching thread, so it's almost invisible. One ribbon says "quiet", one "silence" and the third "sh-h-h-h"! And of course, a little scattering of those green seed beads that are the trademark of this set of flags.

I won't show the back because I'm sure it'sa faux pas to show the reverse side of someone else's embroidery and anyway the photo doesn't do it justice, but I love it nearly as much as the front. You get to see the gorgeous dupioni silk that's almost entirely hidden on the front, and the leaf pattern stitching shows so well. There are also a few lines of self-colour leaf stitching that don't show on the front at all, so it's like she did them just for the back. Wink

Thanks so much for this - I can hardly wait to get more!

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67  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 23, 2015 06:52:23 PM
I can't believe it, but I even got my own flag done by the send-out date. I thought I was going to have to claim it was "delayed in the mail". Wink

My word was "life". I got the idea of a classic anatomical diagram of the circulatory system done in redwork embroidery. Eventually I decided that the nervous system looked more interesting.

For some reason the overall photo makes it look like the fabric is very loosely woven, but actually it's quite a fine cotton. (A scrap of antique bed sheet, I think.) It was a bit slow to work, but I find this kind of almost free-form embroidery quite relaxing. You don't have to be too stressed about making a mistake!

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68  Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - January 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 13, 2015 07:42:24 PM
The worlds smallest giant squid! It would be awesome even without the microscopic sailor, but that just puts it over the top.

I received my own piece of wonderfulness from La Chapa today. I can't quite believe how great it is:

This is the most handsome hare I think I've ever seen. I don't remember if I actually mentioned rabbits or hares on my questionnaire, but they really are one of my favourite animals.

Look at his whiskers! I don't know if he's a fabric print or specially done for just for this, but the texture is great.

You can't see in the photo very well, but he has some great embellishments:

The other thing you can't tell from the photo is how wonderfully squeezable he is, or what great batik fabric makes up the background. (La Chapa sent me an extra piece of it, too.)

Thanks so much for this beauty!

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69  Re: Curiosity Cabinet Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 09, 2015 06:52:56 PM
Like everyone else, I love the wire bird, especially his beak. I like the fact that it could be a pebble that just happens to be the right shape!

After several agonizing days of delay, I finally opened my package from Ludi. (I'd been making myself wait until I'd sent to her, which I did today.) To say it was worth the wait is perhaps the greatest understatement I've ever made...

This is the small item, the most beautiful fossil I've ever seen, embroidered or otherwise. What Ludi doesn't know is that when I was a boy, paleontology was one of my obsessions (along with entomology), and trilobites were my favourite prehistoric creatures.

 It's very small - you can hold it in the palm of your hand. Look at the detail of the stitching - even the tiny flecks in the stone!

But as amazing as that is, it's only an appetizer for the main course, this wonderously sinister plant specimen.

I think I'd said something about eyes and tentacles on my questionnaire, but eyes on tentacles is more than I ever dreamed of!

It's not very big either (I requested small curiosities) but it's still so richly detailed. Look at the perfect rootlets on its plump little tap root! And I'm thrilled to own an example of that Ludi satin-stitch that I love so much.

Thank you so much for these two lovelies, Ludi! I know I'll still be marveling at them for years to come.

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70  Re: Imbolc Garden Dreams Gallery- WWP Swap 55 (sendout Jan. 24) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 02, 2015 02:47:27 PM
Hooray! As I hoped, my package from emilywilde arrived today, just in time for Imbolc.

She sent some great stuff, too:

First, this beautiful wet-felted bird feeder. I've never had one of these before, so I'm not sure how it'll work. Should I put some sort of dish inside to help it keep its shape? Any suggestions will be appreciated. I love the Portland, Oregon chicken button, too!

And then, because I'd complained that my house is too dark to grow much indoors, she sent this little felted houseplant. It really does look like a live plant, perhaps a succulent of some sort. I love it!

Next, these three little garden gnomes/pixies/elves. They're going to be perfectly at home, poking out from among the herbs.

And for the herbs, five plant markers with polymer tops.

The plant names are stamped into metal foil. And they're all herbs I grow, so they're perfect.

And if that wasn't enough, there are extras! A lunar votive candle holder (which might get used to hold something else in the garden - maybe a witch ball) and two useful booklets. I have a couple others in this series, so these are great to have.

Thanks so much for all this, Emily, and thanks everyone for participating. It's been great to see these reminders of growing things as the snow piles up and the temperature drops.

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