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1  Re: Halloween in June Swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by JoyfulClover on: May 10, 2018 10:28:01 AM
I was partnered with Sederick for the 13 Days of Halloween, and one of my wish items was to see what Halloweeners did in the off-season! 

Like, hang at a bar, cut grass, etc. So [although this is a literal interpretation of the topic] it still reminded me of his gift!  They are individual art cards I framed:



Halloween in June!
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2  Re: More Art- Less Craft 6X6 Art Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: May 06, 2018 03:01:14 PM
baby mantis!! Is that a take on stumpwork embroidery? I'd love to see more close-ups if there are pictures  Grin


Hey sheepBlue!

He's so tiny I had to wait for better light.

Baby front:


Baby [got] back:



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3  Re: More Art- Less Craft 6X6 Art Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: May 02, 2018 04:06:06 PM
I received from blupaisan!

She entitled her piece 'Last Hatchling'



I KNOW, RIGHT?! I truly adore praying mantises!  Their bodies are so neat and their little jabby arms are facinating. I find them when cutting grass and always move them to safety (but not too far! Just far enough)

Here is mama, painted with watercolor:


And her wee boxing baby, made with embroidery thread:


The egg case was made with cheese cloth, and the vines were picked up by blu while dog walking.  She also banded floss around the outside of the case.

Thank you SO MUCH blu! We share a facination of insects/bugs/crawlies but these are top of my list. I hope you enjoyed this round as much as I did!

J.
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4  Re: Return of the TM Patch Swap - Rd1 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: April 27, 2018 05:58:37 PM
I received from both Rosie1981 and goatgoddess

Before I show the lovelies, I just have to say, while they are all TM patches, each partner had their own style, and I just truly appreciate them both for being so unique.

I opened Rosie's first, so I'll begin with hers:

First is a blue tone-on-tone patch with green stitching. 

Some stitches seemed to shadow the fabric print, and some were zig-zaggy without rhyme or reason.  I like it.  also, check out the left frame-side.

Second is a mauve/lavender/pink story with green frame:

There is such harmony in the colors she chose for both the base and the frame.  It's muted, and soft, and dreamy.

Finally, is an extremely textural piece, featuring Louise from Bob's Burgers:

The gold and green ARE BOMB.  But also, check out at the border shape on the right.  I want to try and make that border, but without it seeming practiced.

Now look at all three together.  See all the tiny little frames?  While they are generally a square, the edges are really fluted and organic?  I can't [currently] do this.  I'm not exaggerating, my crazy would take over and I would tear it out, or chuck it in the Sin Bin on my sewing table. 

And the colors!  The colors SCREAM my name!  All of them non-primary, but each family distinct and unique?  I like how they are smaller than what I make (these are around 3x3). I have a hard time stitching small - it just gets away from me.  I love how these were all about the organic - color, shape, size, topic.   and Louise is drawn freehand!  Can you imagine?

Thank you so very much, Rosie1981, for being my swap buddy!


Then I opened goatgoddess':

I really love sashiko stitching - but have [maybe?] only one other piece?  So this is wonderful to me!:


I love the uniformity and simplicity of it.  The technique is very methodical, and appeals to my "checklist' side.  See how none of the intersections touch?  *shiver*  oh yeah, great execution.  White thread on navy fabric.  Also, I appreciate the kantha stitch repetition in this one as well as the one below.

She also made me a [larger] Louise! 


This Louise is created with tiny felt pieces (but with a similar style frame as above) and looks like she is posing for a school photo. And can we discuss the corner stitches?  Yeah, me too.  She ALSO freehanded some of the shadows and smaller details.  These ladies are some talented stitchers, for sure!

Bob's Burgers is pretty much one of my most favorite shows and Louise (and Tina) *are* my spirit animals.  I treasure BOTH of my Louises' because it's like having different episodes or "cell" shots of her from the show in my hands. 

Thank you, goatgoddess, for being my swap buddy!


P.S.  If I believed in signs, I would have to lift my eyebrows at how clearly my Gemini duality was highlighted in how much I love each of these styles.  Seemingly opposite, yet I am really drawn to both sets - reflecting opposite ends of the spectrum.  Thanks to both my partners for making this round so much fun!
 
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5  Re: Is it time to show off our trees yet? in Winter Holidays by JoyfulClover on: January 13, 2018 08:41:28 AM
steiconi was generous enough to bless me with some of her bottlebrush collection. I had an extra strip of trim from a replaced door and thought I would just pop it up to see how it looks.



Except now I think it just might stay! I only have 2 glass trees that are too wide for this placement, so this is pretty much steconi's minitrees, just across the states!

Thank you so much for sharing, steconi! There are so many little trees!
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6  Re: Christmas Stocking round 13 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: December 28, 2017 06:19:06 PM
My stocking was received and confirmed via PM.

I knit a hooded poncho as she had several pinned. She likes "royal" colors, so I thought this was a good fit.


A zippered book made from a Harry Potter hardback. She pinned many owls, so I thought this was fun.


I found a neat leather bracelet, and then modified a weird quote claspy thing from another section with a traditional dragon she had pinned from last years swap round. I decoupaged it, and then sprayed several poly layers so it was waterproof.



A zippered pouch with happy snails. I mixed up the interior for some extra fun. Oddly, the snail fabric is a textile my friend picked up in Japan, and maybe it will go back. It was frustrating, though, as the print was not even with the warp/weft of the fabric. I finally just gave up and cut straight across. Go crazy!



A caligraphy necklace and earring set. I had to bust out my drill for this, so that was fun!



An embroidered owl pin. I might have to duplicate this one in a different colorway:


A happy Gnomey treasure box:


She really likes gnomes and I loved all the animals featured - esp the one on the side with a mouse, as she has a degu (which is not a mouse, but similar!). She also likes foxes, owls, and reading, so all the little snapshots of a gnome life was just perfect.

I also sent a Colonial Williamsburg fortune rolling block. It has fun phrases which made me laugh. Notecards, pen, small tube bag, unicorn gum. I think that's all.

The stocking was a regret. I finished the poncho first, and then had it in my mind all the stuff needed to fit, so I just stitched up a simple stocking in marbled colors. Then I saw others just packed the box with the stocking as another gift. So, I wish I would have made a pretty, sweet little stocking, but it's all done now. Whomp whomp

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday! Have fun, but stay safe!

JClove





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7  Re: Mug Rug Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: December 25, 2017 11:35:15 AM
roler was my partner in the Christmas Stocking swap and sent my mug rugs together. She sent TWO mug rugs in such beautiful, sumptuous fabrics:



The colorways are just so beautiful!  And I'm PREEEETTTYYYYYY sure these are Japanese fabrics. So all of my mug rugs were International in flavor! These will also be going to work. Surprisingly, I typically have several beverages going at a time. Crazy, I know.

Thank you so much for being my buddy, roler!  You're a rockstar!

JClove




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8  Re: Christmas Stocking round 13 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: December 25, 2017 11:27:02 AM
I received from roler a few weeks ago, but beyond confirming nothing was broken, I closed it back up to open on Christmas! (It just worked out this year, my family is all separated, so this was my gift to me!)

roler made me the softest, most velvety-est stocking in teal and bronze. She also made a small sweater pillow - sent with form!



I just adore blues...

A block of Japanese cloth, constellation socks, a bag of assemblage buttons and beads, the CUTEST stitched felt owl, and a pair of felted ice skates! I think it's an ornament, but those two are going on my fridge. Her note is on a linocut print winter scene and a small container.


roler also sent a book box with a small red shishi (Chinese dragon), used in the Japanese New Year festival. (I thought that was interesting.) And 2 white Japanese masks - surprisingly heavy! I'm happy they didn't break during shipping. Finally, 2 small crochet flowers roler said are made by a 90 yo woman who leaves them at a temple in Okayama for anyone who want them. I hope I am still making when I am 90.


She also sent washi tape and a small green boot, like what I received as a kid! And SO MANY SNACKS! all with Japanese print! Fun! Can't wait to try them!



Thanks, roler, for being my buddy! I really enjoyed exploring my package on Christmas! I hope yours was equally fun and relaxing!

Cheers to everyone - y'all are so talented! I hope YOU are all making when you are 90!


Hugs and bugs,
JClove


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9  Re: recycled sweater quilt with some instructions in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by JoyfulClover on: November 26, 2017 02:43:35 PM
Ladiiiiiiesssssss!

So, the intent is NOT to hijack this thread, but just to say Edel, I was sincerely inspired by your blankets. I have wanted to make one for awhile, but kept finding reasons why not. I really like how you stitched haphazardly and plan to try and do the same!

$42 dollars bought me 14 pairs of pants, 1 shirt, and 1 skirt!  The colors are more lovely in person (also, that one is not white, but powder blue). And I do still want one in olive green, so that's TBD, but otherwise, I have the material!




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10  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.

JClove
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