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1  Re: IYP 28 - Winter Wing Ding GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by tapestrymlp on: February 08, 2016 08:10:51 PM
Eeeeeeee!!!!!!! Check out the awesome that arrived at my door today! Pottermouth has outdone herself again with a beautifully embroidered rendition of Hagrid's Hut. I think it's free-form machine embroidery? So much detail. I love it!

I suspect her sense of proportion is a bit off though ... we agreed to a small craft swap & this embroidery piece is so much more! Thanks for spoiling me Pottermouth! There was also a lovely HP card & Hedwig bumper sticker in my package.
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2  Re: IYP 28 - Winter Wing Ding GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by tapestrymlp on: January 25, 2016 07:55:52 PM
I received a fabulous package from Ludi today! Anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with hedgehogs (we've owned 10). So I was in love the moment I saw this little cutie:

It's hard to tell in the pic, but it's actually stumpwork. The hedgie's nose and muzzle are raised up from the embroidery base. The piece measures approximately 3 & 1/2 inches across. So wee & perfect!

Thanks for a fabulous swap, Ludi!
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3  Free Hugs! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by tapestrymlp on: January 24, 2016 08:38:42 PM
Sheepblue and I had a private swap AGES ago (as in almost a year) and I'm just now getting around to posting pics of the piece I made for her.

Emma likes the movie Aliens and has as warped a sense of humor as I do, so I when this idea popped into my head, I knew it would be perfect.

I created a tiny lemonade-stand with the words "Free Hugs" painted in red at the top. Then I made a facehugger and an unhatched pod to accompany it. The stand was made with craft sticks, wood stain and glue. The facehugger and pod are both polymer clay with paint added for detail.

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4  Axolotl Paper Cutting in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by tapestrymlp on: January 24, 2016 07:55:13 PM
I was lucky enough to partner up with Ludi in the IYP 28 swap. She has a fabulous cabinet of curiosities room and thus I decided what she really needed was a small Axolotl in a tank to add to her collection. The "tank" is a clear 5x7" photo frame that's approximately 1" deep.

The finished piece is 95% paper, with a bit of paint added as well. The plants, pebbles, bubbles and the axolotl itself are all cut from paper. I painted details onto the plants and added highlights to the bubbles with white paint. The axolotl's pink spots & the white highlights in its eyes are also paint. Other than that, everything is layered paper.

I used black foam cut to varying lengths to raise up the axolotl and some of the bubbles from the background to give the piece more dimensionality. I also used clear glass beads behind a few of the bubbles to raise them up and give them a different appearance. The overall effect is a charming little creature swimming in his tank and ready for his new home.

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5  The First Brother's Tale in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by tapestrymlp on: January 24, 2016 07:23:33 PM
I created a small wall hanging/ornament for Pottermouth in the IYP 28 swap. We both love Harry Potter and we're both fairly obsessed with our Harry Potter Christmas trees. As it's already past Christmas, however, I wanted to make something that she could use as either an ornament or regular art depending on her fancy.

The scene is from THE TALE OF THE THREE BROTHERS by Beedle The Bard, a book featured rather heavily in the last Harry Potter novel. It depicts the first brother being given the Elder Wand by death.

I knew the moment I had the idea that I wanted to paint it on a tree limb cross-section so it'd have a lovely bark grain on the outer edges.

Clearly the section I chose was always meant to have this picture painted on it because it had a dark black splotch, similar to the one on the opposite side pictured below, in the middle of the wood and in roughly the shape of death's skull. I decided to go with it rather than finding a different cross-section.

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6  Harry Potter Ornaments in Winter Holidays by tapestrymlp on: January 06, 2016 07:37:47 PM
Back in December, Chughes225 and I made a couple Harry Potter ornaments for each other. Here are the two I created. Our chosen theme was Wizarding Shops.

This first is my favorite. (I've got to make one of these for my HP tree):
A Honeydukes bag filled with tiny treats:

The bag was created using a template and a small green gift bag I gutted. Inside is a tiny Chocolate Frog box, Exploding Bon Bons, Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans & Fizzing Whizzbees. I molded teeny, tiny jelly beans out of polymer clay for the BBB box.

The second ornament is a quill holder suspended from a Scrivenshaft's sign. The holder is constructed from popsicle sticks and craft dowels which were then painted with wood stain.

I forgot to take a picture of each ornament beside a ruler but they're both under four inches.
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7  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2015 in The Swap Gallery by tapestrymlp on: December 26, 2015 07:43:34 PM
Here are the ornaments I made for Chughes225 for our mini ornament swap. Our chosen theme was Wizarding Shops.

A Honeydukes bag filled with tiny treats:

And a quill holder from Scrivenshafts:
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8  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2015 in The Swap Gallery by tapestrymlp on: December 20, 2015 10:03:57 AM
Chughes225 & I had a private Harry Potter ornament swap as we do most years. We agreed on 2 ornaments but Cristen went a little overboard. So many cool ornaments! I love them all!

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9  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tapestrymlp on: September 23, 2014 08:13:50 AM
I received the most amazing package from Onyxnox. Warning, there are a TON of pics below. Because the sheer awesomeness could not be contained in only one or two.

I asked for some Teesha Moore style patches for a purse I want to make and Onyxnox put her own spin on the patch idea. Look how neat and gorgeous and just freaking amazing these are. I'm not sure if I'm going to turn these into a wall hanging or use them in a purse.

Each one features a writing quote.

Next up, some wood burned ornaments. First of all, can we please admire the little scarves at the top of each ornament? Those are knit with DMC floss! How in the heck! They're adorable. And then the images are immaculate and the tinting perfect. The back of each ornament has the Hogwarts crest. I love, love, love them so much. I need to put my Christmas tree up right now just to display these.

And then just to completely blow me out of the water, Onyxnox made me a hand-carved hedgehog stamp (LOVE!) and a TON of hedgehog note cards. Everyone I swap with in the future is sooooo lucky because they'll be getting one of those cards. Heck people may ask me to swap just to get one of those cards.

Thank you for an amazing swap package Onyxnox!
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10  Re: kids craft swap Round 7 (Signups 5/27-6-/11/14, Sendouts July 30, 2014) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by tapestrymlp on: August 03, 2014 12:01:36 PM
Cassidy received a great package from Molly yesterday! She loves everything but this is her favorite:

Hama bead Twilight Sparkle! So cool. It's up in her room right now.

There were also some lovely stickers, gummies, delicious cookies, a name plaque, an adorable mini-purse and a gorgeous bracelet. Plus some mini canvases.

Cass has been wearing her bracelet every day and just adores it.
Thanks so much for a great swap.
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