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1  Re: Filled Stitchy Art Swap in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: July 11, 2017 03:45:59 AM
After almost a month in transit, I'm so relieved it finally arrived!

I cited the original artist in the side of the hoop - thanks for posting her piece in the thread as well.

I used French knots and seed stitch for the bull. Her hair is all done in chain stitch, and her face in a kind of long/short, but it was my first time, so just straight stitch. The maze overlay is couching.

And with that, we are FIN!
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2  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: June 30, 2017 04:18:47 PM
I'm first! Crazy baby!

I received from dear quaggy today she said she tried a new technique. I was so intrigued!  Care to check it out?

Let's meet Scholar Cat:

Do you see those huge, semi transparent batty-koda ears? With such realistic whiskers - and goat chin scruff! And Stripes! I ADORE stripes. And yes, I will wear stripes on stripes. And I rock it hard!

But is straight outdone by Uptown Zebra:

He has gloves! And gold buttons. But I love his toothy smile - he knows who's rollin large at the Serengeti Safari this year!

Buuttt they both got swanked outta town by Dino-man's sheer swagger:

Check.Him.OUT! He's so casually on point with his palm tree sunnies, gold chain medallion, watch, bracelet, AND his swampy snap-back cap! Lemme just yawn to reflect my relaxed chill. He's gonna be cupping the back of his neck soon...Yo man! You rollin over to the Sandy Copse later?

I am ridiculously in love with anthropomorphic creatures. I just love to see them characterized. These make me sigh happily. And y'all may not know, but I always list/request my love for non-primary colors. quaggy kept saying she just didn't know how to craft in 'drab'. I LAUUUGHED! But seriously, look how realistic, lovely, and vibrant they are?

Finally, I had requested the familiar coaster seen at fairs everywhere, The Zippper.


I have such good, vivid memories of this ride. Probably wouldn't make much sense to others, but this ride makes me feel really happy and light. My sister and I still laugh like hyenas over that day. I didn't know how much I wanted it until I saw it. Annnd, I may have teared up (but only a smidge). Anyway, I think I will keep it on my list and see if I can start a mini collection.

My challenge now is, how can I possibly meet or exceed her wonderful gifts to me? I cannot stick with the known! Ayoogah!

Hey quaggy! What pen did you use for the lines, and then what medium for the paint colors? How did you draw on the fabric without it pulling funny?  And did you free hand these babies? I both want you to say yes, but also no.

Thank you SO MUCH for being so kind, thoughtful, and generous. I love them and hope I can return in kind.

Love in stitches, y'all


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3  Re: Filled Stitchy Art Swap in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: June 27, 2017 06:10:39 PM
Oh, ya'll.  I received from dontneedaclassroom.  And it is just stupendously lovely.

Here is the total, complete piece:

Stupendously lovely, amiright or amiright???  It's an imagined landscape!  (one of my selection requests)

Let's look closer at all these yummy stitches!

The willow leaves, with different types of birch type trunk stitches. And then different colors and stitches on the main tree.  Man, I would not have thought to do that.  Oy!

The waterfall, those fan flowers, the stair stepping, winding vines, and natural lattice work.  Can you see all the stich types?

Tumbling water using different colored strands.  More fans and organic matter on the shore line.  sweeeeeeettt

But wait! What is this?  A creature is peeping from inside the tree:

Well, hello!  Who are you?  awww.  sew sweet.  Also a close up of her work.  See the lines of green projecting off the white trunks?  (they're over in the middle as well).  I just can't.  Seriously.  I'm so LITERAL when I craft.  But this?  Maybe it seems small, but for me, I struggle with this so much.  And WOWZA, the execution is just utterly perfect.

I had requested non-white background, and non-primary colors, but I NEVER imagined this beautiful piece!  I am so inspired just by looking at it. Which I have done.  VERY VERY CLOSELY. As if I were inspecting something.  CLEARLY IT PASSED INSPECTION.  Some of these stitches are completely new to me - so very impressive.  *happy sigh*  just wonderful

dontneedaclassroom - I cannot express enough how much I love your piece.  Thank you so very much for being so kind and generous with your time and crafting.  I cannot wait for mine to arrive to you.  I hope you like yours when it arrives!


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4  Re: Filled Stitchy Art Swap SU 4/29-5/08, SO 06/12/2017 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by JoyfulClover on: June 18, 2017 06:44:39 PM
can't wait to see what new thing you tried!

Teaser! Here is what I tried! I felt like I was channeling Ludi! Next time I will layer better.

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5  Filled Stitchy Art Swap in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: June 01, 2017 04:50:49 PM

(image by Eun-jeong Lee via Creative Dimensions)

Original Thread

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

curiousfae  <-> geekgirl1000100
dfabbric  <-> kiurious
dontneedaclassroom  <-> JoyfulClover
roler  <-> Acadian Driftwood
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6  Re: I Love Monsters Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: May 25, 2017 05:43:47 PM
I'm so excited it fit! I have never made something without having the fittable object in front of me (I'm ridiculously bad with ease). I am super stoked you like it!

I made two reversed mandragora, and used batting so it will help with heat retention for the tea. I installed 19 (18?) little snaps to accommodate size at any location for handle, lid, and spout. I also left the leaves unstitched to be loosey-goosey. But looks like it fits well over the belly! In a worst case, they could be placemats or weird doilies inspired by gaming.

I struggle with paint, so all your details (in both pieces) are really appreciated. I like to see how you handled certain aspects (like bleeding the paint over into the printed piece, blurring the line so well!). Thank you so much! The Yarn Dragon redux is just fantastic. I can feel myself cyclying back into fiber as I type!


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7  Re: I Love Monsters Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: May 23, 2017 05:58:36 PM
I received from smileyyogini today! It was such a welcome surprise, as I confess I was having a bit of a rough go. So I left the unopened package on my desk as a happy 'survived the inundation' Tuesday!

And look what happy, lovely, sweet, precious gift she made me:

It's a stylized Nessie painted monster box! I just adore anthropomorphic beings and these remind me of Stephen Cosgrove. They are very endearing. I couldn't stop looking at the detail. Funny, I didn't know I wanted this until I held it in my hands.

She even painted the sides with complimentary pastel sky layers:

Do you see all the non-primary colors? Ohhhhhh, baby! And in a functional object!

Inside the storage box, smileyyogini also sent a wonderful Yarn Dragon painted on a canvas tote:

I want to lock in all the detail, so will hit the image with a fabric safe clear coat. I would be very sad if I ruin the paint detail, and definitely plan on using it. Can you see all the highs and lows, with soft shading? The lady is uber skilled!

Thank you so much, smileyyogini, for sending two really thoughtfully crafted items. I wish I would have doubled down as well, and am now desperate to know if mine even fits!

You were a wonderful partner - I hope you give them their own posts. I have enjoyed connecting with you!


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8  Re: I Love Monsters Swap: Sign up CLOSED. SO: May 19, 2017 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by JoyfulClover on: May 18, 2017 07:12:21 PM
Annnnd done! Only lost one __.

Very happy with final item, but a little (cough *a lot*) worried over size. But otherwise came out exactly as I wanted.

Also...teaser photo!

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9  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: May 15, 2017 07:57:05 PM
I received from MareMare!  She called it 'Acid Swamp Flower'.

I am a HUGE fan of non-primary colors, and this is definitely my kind of color pallet!

Each petal is a different type of stitching, or fabric manipulation

I'm amazed at all the options she crafted into this happy little flower

Some of the layers have layers!

MareMare used textures of all the same color family.

And then she invited some distant color relatives!

Buuuuut, that wasn't quite enough! Cuz then she threw in all the different stitch patterns! *sigh*

Super dreamy.

She also sent a bar of her handmade orange dreamscicle soap.

It really does smell like an orange dream!  If you're not sure what that smells like, you should totally order a bar (or two!) from her!

Thank you, so much, MareMare, for the wonderful MAQ. Truly lovely!


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10  Filled Stitchy Art Swap SU 4/29-5/08, SO 06/12/2017 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by JoyfulClover on: April 29, 2017 07:09:00 PM

(image by Eun-jeong Lee via Creative Dimensions)


Filled Stitchy Art Swap (Sign up 04/29/2017 – 05/08/2017; Mail by 06/12/2017)

Swap name: Filled Stitchy Art Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  JoyfulClover
Sign-up date range:  04/29/2017 – 05/08/2017
Date to send item by:  06/12/2017

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/herself 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: No, I am not
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap 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/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:
Who doesn’t love a really filled stitchy piece?  Stitch/embroider OR appliqué one 8” piece to fill at least 80% of the space.  The idea is to fill this little sucker up with as much happy, stitchy/appliqué goodness as possible!  The final piece will be made to your partners’ preference.  This could be a hoop, framed item (minus glass), unframed but finished (perhaps with a hanging feature included), or unframed and unfinished (to be used by your partner for another project!). Whatever the requested preference, take your time and fill that baby up!

(If you have any questions about definitions, please post in the thread so everyone is on the same page!)

This swap is to craft ONE medium piece.  

Minimum size requirement (like a roller coaster):
By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

Larger crafted packages are fine, but please make sure to communicate with your partner so nobody is disappointed (same goes for extras – not necessary, but should be discussed). We love hearing from you, so please commit to post once a week (at least every 7 days) within the thread.

If you would like to participate, please complete the following and send to the organizer:

Name of 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?  (Yes/No)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (Yes/No)
Will you post once a week in the swap thread? (Yes/No)
Are you able to take photos of your received package? (Yes/No)
Will you post photos in the gallery to show to all-in-The-Land? (Yes/No)

Okay, let's talk turkey:
1.   Would you like 1 partner, or 2?
2.   List [at least] 5 themes or topics you would love to see arrive in the mail:

3.   What type of final piece would you like to receive?  Hoop, framed (no glass), unframed but finished, unframed & unfinished (raw edges – makes sure to leave easement for your partner!)
4.   Do you prefer to MAKE an embroidered or appliqué piece? (or either)
5.   Do you wish to RECEIVE an embroidered or appliqué piece? (or either)
6.   Do you have any preferred styles or esthetics? (cubist, realism, steampunk, etc.)
7.   Do you have any preferred artist you are drawn to?
8.   What colors/patterns/designs make your heart go pitter pat?
9.   What colors or patterns do you NOT like or do NOT desire for this project:
10.   Please do NOT send me this:
11.   Do you have a pinterest, wist, or website to help direct your partner?  Please share!  
12.   Do you have any allergies?
13.   Are there any allergens in your home? (pets/smoke/other)
14.   Is there anything else you would like your partner to know?


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