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1  Re: Stitch Along 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by JoyfulClover on: October 31, 2019 08:33:30 PM
Spiderweb on stalk of wheat:



I finished the stitching, but continue to needle felt the spider. Tiny is harder than I anticipated as I have stabbed myself repeatedly! So, might not be considered 'complete'.

I enjoyed it anyway! Happy Halloween, all you crazy stitchers!
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2  Re: Craft a Craftster Friend Doll Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: July 19, 2019 04:25:58 PM
I received from MistressJennie and experienced a moment of madness by thinking I would wait to open as she is traveling until Sunday.

But I just couldn't do it. The call of a swap box is just too strong.



she.is.lovely.
MiniJC is the size of an American Girl doll. She has hazel eyes with my dreamed for hair. The color! The style! The volume! Swoon! The stitched nose is brilliant, and I will use this from now on.  I am a huge fan of grey and MJennie  chose colorways that make my heart happy. The navy trim, overlaying the green and white plaid. The grey faux bois shift, happy sneakers, and a sweet necklace.



I have been a Star Trek fan since I was munchkin, with each of the series. Here she is with Vulcan script for "Live Long and Prosper" and "Peace and Long Life". You can also see she gave me a sleeveless top as well as a crocheted, grey shawl.  The facial detailing is also more clear.


Oh no! A strong gust  of wind!



MJennie's detail work is clearly on.point. I wish I would have used trimwork, now. Here are her 'roos, and a better look at all the fabric choices. That is a full sleeveless  A-Line shift dress, with a green skirt on top. 2 in one!

And if that weren't enough, she has a another full change of clothes:



a high/low layered knit skirt (grey and black) with choice from 2 tees.


She also made an adult sized necklace I can wear! I can tell the charms were carefully selected as well. No stone unturned.



notice the sunglasses? That's because I own a stupid amount of them due to my crazy weak baby-eyes! I love mini-me has a pair!

She also duplicated my tattoo, which I just love.(but am not posting).  But know she did it. So sweet.


Finally, this little one is labeled NSF, but made me LAUUUUUGGGHHHHH:
 
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In 2 colors!  To mix-and-match!   Ha!  Just the best!!!!


MistressJennie, thank you so very much for really going all out on a mini-me. I know we filled out the Q, but it still surprised me how many pieces were purely me. No wonder why Little Ones go bananas when they are given a personalized doll! She just makes me so happy! A pure delight.

JClove
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3  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2019 in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: June 16, 2019 05:20:40 PM
I was lucky enough to swap with Powerhouseofthecell as her first swap partner! Crazy right?

I am an avid Star Trek fan and Spock is one of my favorites from TOS:


This patch is much darker and richer in person (my phone insisted on trying to lighten it).  Notice how she stitches over the mitered corners. Awesome, right? And the patch is so puffy! It makes it textural and imminently squishable. Most of mine are not like this, so it's pretty great.  And 3 cheers for these colors. Swoon!

I love veggie humor so much, but have never asked for any (not really sure why). Check this out:


Asparagus! Ha! This used to grow wild behind our house growing up and instead of going home for lunch  (where we might be pressed into house stuffs) we would just snap it off (or the wild rhubarb when it was in season) and keep on trucking!  In the area where the black thread overlapped the dark green stalk, she overlaid some green thread to make the letters visible.  It's such a great detail.  Also, these colors are my JAM!

And check out this little happy jar:


and one with googlies!  How much fun is that? So many of these little peppers have individual stitched sections in alternating colors.  I don't normally use running stitch (I cheat and use stem stitch, which hides my inconsistencies) so I enjoy seeing how neat and uniform each incremental stitch is. TINY.TINY.TINY.  Such control. She's super talented.

Finally, both the beginning and the end:


She wrapped her package in a vintage hankie, with scalloped edges, and extra floss! I have never thought of this and usually just ship with tissue. Then she included the extra veggie fabric for me to complete the set or use however. How kind right?

It slays me this was her first swap. And of TM Patches, which (it seems to me) is not very well known outside of CSter.  Sometimes I will see a random blog post with them, but in few other places, so that was interesting.

Thank you so very much, Powerhouse! I loved swapping with you and plan to incorporate some of your techniques in my work as well!

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4  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2019 in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: June 06, 2019 06:04:16 PM
I missed the last round of 80s goodness but Witty_Child was kind enough to do a personal swap with me!

oh My Little Pony.  How I loved to brush your mane and tail and send you on adventures.  I saved my milk money quarters when I was a kid and would buy new MLP's when I had enough jingle.  Melody and Gusty were my all time favorites, and can you believe this?


MELODY


GUSTY

whhhhhaaaa?Huh  I know, right?!  Witty stitched me one of each!  Can you see the main stitching matches, but then she flipped it, and used single brown thread to highlight shading/body pieces.  I never thought of that!  I typically use the same thread and tend to pull it tight to make the felt pop in relief, but the brown gives it a shadow which I really like and will steal from her in the future.  She also cut out the tiny little bits, like the tail ribbons!  and they even have tinier (it's a word) cutie marks!  such smallness!  and all on patterned fabric, which just makes me incredibly happy. 


Is it any surprise she also completed the backs?:


Sweet, sweet, sweet little ponies.  My inner tweener is just DY.ING.

Witty also took the time to paint the hoops, which is a nice touch.  I am always on the lookout for hoops - my favorite are stamped German (wood), vintage metal, or faux wood. These are very different and NICE.  They are also wood, but feel substantial for the size, and have rounded edges (like chair rail) on both sides.  Whereas most of the wood ones I find/buy have flat sides.  I definitely like hers more and will have to find out her source.

Then she went rogue and sent me painted Wuzzles!!  Do ya'll remember these??



ELEROO


HOPPOPOTAMUS

gahhh!  Little Eleroo is so blissfully happy and Hoppoopotamus is kicking her little leg out for all she's worth!  They are painted on white kitchen towels (so I only took a closeup of the images), but she placed the images on the side, so if I hang them from the tag in the corner to use I am less likely to smudge the adorableness.  I contemplated NOT using them. But they are just so cute I can't fathom not using something that makes me so happy every time I see them. 

Each item reminds me so much of growing up in the 80s, when Saturday morning cartoons ruled the network, and for a blissful couple of hours you could live in a colorful, happy little dayglo cloud.

Thank you SO.MUCH. Witty_Child for being such a great buddy!  I dearly love each item and cannot wait for yours to arrive as well. Viv la USPS to Canada!

JClove
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5  Star Trek: Picard in New Swap Theme Ideas by JoyfulClover on: May 23, 2019 03:41:32 PM



Just saw the new teaser trailer for Picard. Any other Star Trek lovers? 

https://www.space.com/star-trek-picard-spinoff-gets-title.html

From any of the versions?
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6  Re: Stitch Along 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by JoyfulClover on: February 28, 2019 04:08:46 AM


My Little Bug. Best Friend: 15 years.


Edit:  I couldnt take it, and had to fix his muzzle. And changed to a smaller hoop.

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7  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2019 in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: February 25, 2019 04:12:02 PM
Y'allllllllll.

gozer and I decided to do a personal mug rug swap when we weren't sure the actual swap was going to happen. And I'm not saying she is a wiley, crafting fiend or anything...but someone might just think that.

I hope you have a hot minute to take it all in:


my unadulterated love for elephants indulged in this amazing muggy rug


Here's the close-up. Check out those inks! And metallic thread! I can see gozers' artistic eye here. I love the sweet little baby, with the soft eyes and gentle curved mouth.


2 of my fav chocolate bars, and a lovely patchwork cuff, with an Alice quote. 'You would have to be half mad to dream me up.'

We surely would.



elegant, yet stylized mug 'and the adventure begins', with 3 super cute tea bag holder snails! Form AND function!


1 teal striped pouch (which stands on it's own!!!) and a batik glasses case, with ears!!! (The ears are hard to see but there! Poor photography on my part. Shameful).

gozer doesn't know it, but I easy have 15 pairs if sunnies. I only like certain kinds, so when I find them, I buy them and latch on like crazy! My eyes crave the overcast PacWest days. So this is much needed.


an intense red bookmark (we're both readers), an eye mask for our upcoming retreat, knit markers, and elephant charms (I already have plans).

Wonderful package, right?

Yeah, still not done.


homemade chappy featuring some of my favorite artists, and Spock. My soul brother. I dearly love this ST character. He speaks to me.


spiderwebby fingerless gloves. Lined. Because she goes full bore. With a small card wallet. (Cster isn't letting me rotate, so I'll  put in a ticket. Just try to tilt your head a bit)

And finally...do y'all remember these from a couple months ago?


yeah. That's right. She gave me one.  A little fantastical world, protected under a dome.

But you know what? As much as I love, love, love everything she gave (and she was clearly generous), the best part was WE MET IN PERSON!!! AND HUNG OUT FOR 5.5 HOURS!!!! **insert maniacal laughter** It was straight bananas!!

Thank you so much, my dear friend, gozer! I cannot wait to hang out with you on our retreat/road trip! Also, I'll never believe you again when you say 'I'm not feeling very crafty'.


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8  Re: Flowers of the Month Stitch Along in Needlework: Stitchalongs by JoyfulClover on: February 02, 2019 05:00:44 AM
Late, but finished:



Already printed February, and picking fabrics this weekend!
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9  Embroidery Hoopla RD 15 (Mail by 02/12/2019) in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: February 01, 2019 02:28:16 PM

(stitched by PaleAngelLex for Megzy818, R6 - 2011)



Original swap thread

SHIP STATUS KEY:
Sent = Orange
Received = Green
Sending late with communication
Problem = Red
Sent & Received = Blue
Crossed through = Feedback given


Partners:
TAOJ <> Bugaboo1
thanate<>The Raging Sloth
ChamelonHound<> geekgirl1000100
crafty-becky <> kittykill
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10  Re: Flowers of the Month Stitch Along in Needlework: Stitchalongs by JoyfulClover on: January 31, 2019 08:13:57 AM
Also, since we get to chat in here, DMC introduced new shades!

I don't often work in pastels, but with darker fabrics, I can see the appeal, and might try some out for this topic! Esp all those greens!





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