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1  Re: Mug Rug Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: October 18, 2017 07:09:05 PM
Tracking for my International package says it arrived last week.

My partner indicated size and shape didn't matter, and would most likely be hung on the wall, so I wasn't as worried about the surface being 100% level.

I thought it clearly looked like a robot and was pretty excited as both my partner and I like them!  But after sending two people guessed monkey? So *fingers crossed* she likes them both!

Each little square is 1/2" x 1/2", and the piece is actually flat, but I didn't smooth it very well before taking photos.

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2  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by JoyfulClover on: October 13, 2017 03:24:33 PM
I found something that is slightly redundant, but I can't help it because of the topic! I mean, HALLOWEEN!

Last year I received some hand dyed fabric from yofi as an extra during the slow cloth swap. It's PERFECT for my topic, so I really just hope I don't mess up her lovely fabric!

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3  Re: Mug Rug Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: October 10, 2017 08:09:51 AM
My domestic U.S. package arrived last week as well:

It's one of the only swap pieces I had a hard time parting with. I really love the colors and two mediums, but after seeing Acadians' work, I wish I would have added in some kantha stitching!

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4  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by JoyfulClover on: September 30, 2017 05:47:48 AM
Here is my submission:

I love Emily the Strange and thought this was perfect for October. I have two other Emily pieces (made by Craftsters!) and this will nestle right in.

Thanks, kittykill!
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5  Re: Mug Rug Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: September 26, 2017 06:13:09 PM
I received from alwaysinmyroom!

She pulled from her fabric stash and generously shared some of her kimono fabric

So first, it's much larger than it looks at 6x12" (measured using the incredibly accurate finger segmentation method).  Although I can feel the warp/weft of the silk it's still soft. The colors are so lovely and deep - teal, mauve, black, emerald, cream, and a grey that looks to be washed with forest - and all the material has a slight sheen to it.

One side is strip pieced, and then quilted, making it very textural. But the other side is reverse appliqued! And has a lift to the fabric making it slightly puffy.

The center spirals out to meet the rim which is hand turned and stitched. Tiny, precise stitches. *le sigh*

She also sent white chocolate reesey cakes. But I also shared a smidge with my puppers, and her teeth chattered in happiness! (she usually only gets carrots, yogurt, or the green beans, so it was a treat!)

Thank you so much, AMIR, for being so thoughtful and generous. I will think of you every time I use my muggy rug!


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6  Re: Adult Merit Badge Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: September 19, 2017 05:40:10 PM
Yay, fatewineroses!  I'm so happy they arrived and you like them! It was weird working in small. I like how they both turned out, though, even if it was a duplicate! Catch a wave, fate!


I received from Witty_Child!

I'm not sure how I will use my badges, so I requested raw/unfinished edges with a lot of ease so I could have options.

Look at this sweet, sweet Maker patch!

That is a hand stitched ring around the edge, AN EMBROIDERY HOOP!, and a teensy little silver needle! Can you believe it? I love it's open to the making of all things, but especially needlework stuffs!

I also asked for 'Dogs - mutts in crazy colors'. Random prompt, huh? But look at what she stitched for me!

I cannot describe how much I love it! I have been so lucky to have so many different dogs (mostly mutts, but all rescues), and the silhouettes allow for every kind! I honestly thought this request was a shot in the dark.

These little patches makes me really, really happy, Witty. Plus, your stitchwork is so small and precise!  Thank you for being such a great and fun partner. I hope yours arrives soon!


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7  Re: Adult Merit Badge Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: September 16, 2017 04:58:58 PM
I received my own from fatewineroses and I just fell in love.

There's a roller coaster called The Zipper, and I have such a love for it, I keep adding it to my request list. I'm hoping to have multiples, and look at how tiny she made hers!

Can you believe it's only 3 in? Look at all the tiny stitches! It's literally a pocket Zipper! And so different from my other, which is just as we have discussed - everyone has their own take, and this her version. Lucky me!

**Mature image ahead**

I also requested something super snarky, and boy do I love her selection

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Her base fabric has such texture, and the [almost] laurel motif is so elegant next to the message. I saw the text and laughed!  I do like the sweet and sour.

I had considered going crazy and adding some snark to hers, as well, but I chickened out and went safe. Bok! Bok! But no worries, cuz there will be another chance! We will swap again, fatewineroses! Cuz it's fate!  <--- see what I did there?

Thank you so much, lovely lady! And thank you for organizing!
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8  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: September 07, 2017 05:48:13 PM
I received from craftADDchick!

She and I share a love of science, and both of hers focus on Earth Science.

The first is of DINOSAURS!

She used the fabric to define the patch, and I just ridiculously adore dinos!  Instead of seed stitching, she used words to quilt the patch. She used 'carnivore', 'asteroid' (boo!), 'raptor', 'extinct' (double boo!', and 'Triassic'!

Not only do I love these colors, but I also say Rawr! Especially when I'm hangry and I'm trying to make light of the fact imma EAT YOUR ARM, RAWR!

(So basically, I'm the raptor in the scenario.)

The second piece is so NEATO!

It's Eyjafjallajkull, a volcano chain in Iceland! She used paint and thread to make this amazeballs piece! There is brown seed stiching as the mound, and black in the sky - like ash! The paint is just enough to reflect the topic, but doesn't make it crunchy at all.

I am always intrigued/amazed/interested in seeing how someone else has created, because it's always different than what I would have done. I use paint way too narrowly, and I really love the high, loonnnnnggggg stiches, with sharp angles she used. Both patches are perfect for me.

Thank you so much for being a great partner and for organizing. I know you had a lot going on this summer, so extra appreciation for hosting! You're a rockstar!



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9  Embroidery Hoopla - new round? in New Swap Theme Ideas by JoyfulClover on: September 01, 2017 01:41:45 PM

(stitched by PaleAngelLex for Megzy818, R6 - 2011)

The last embroidery hoopla round seems to have been RD14 - "Summer Activities" in 2015.

Link with gallery in first post:

Any interest in RD15? I'm open to themes!
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10  Re: Animals Gone Wild! (pic heavy) in Completed Projects by JoyfulClover on: August 29, 2017 06:52:16 PM
No lie, I have a dinosaur who might be on death row due to these wee beasties.

But, I just can't legit decapitate him until he has a theme. It can't be a senseless act.

Hah! Here's another one I made many years ago. A much simpler makeover - but I do like the small touches of makeup and nail polish  Cheesy

It's a brontosaurus! I love the purple toenails!

I always list anthropomorphic beings on my swap list, so these are straight amaze-rumballs!

I bought this guy because of his size and coloring. I feel as if he's a potential for your craft.

Aren't they hollow inside? How are you affixing them? I'm thinking epoxy, because it's twister proof!
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