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1  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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2  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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3  Re: I Love Monsters Swap: Sign up CLOSED. SO: May 19, 2017 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED 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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4  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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5  Filled Stitchy Art Swap SU 4/29-5/08, SO 06/12/2017 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED 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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6  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: April 21, 2017 04:36:41 PM
That May Pole makes me want to lose my mind! I'm floored by the distinct small bodies. And the code is such an undercover nod! Impressive!

So relieved my second partner received! Oh Canadian mail, you fickle beast!
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7  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: April 12, 2017 09:15:10 AM

I have no idea what that rusty bit is...but I had to laugh because JoyfulClover put that she would be find with a rusty nail on anything...this was in homage to her theme...I find rusty things daily since my office complex is near a construction company...walks outside allow me to find everything from money to "stuff"..ha ha

I had forgotten until you typed this, but I TOTALLY SAID THIS! I have such a love for rusty bits, and am jelly you have a access to a plethora of rusty gold! I used up every one of my rusty nails on my assemblage art piece for geekgirl1000100, and have already started collecting again. I walk a lot with my head down, looking for random pieces. My friends don't even think it's weird anymore.

Here's a close-up:

I always think others' work is so interesting. I love how the disk isn't completely surrounded, but only enough to attach it. I think of would have gone more obvious, and clearly would have been wrong, wrong, wrong. I also love the green stiches expanding our and over the blue. These are the small details which make pieces breathe life.

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8  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: April 11, 2017 06:02:41 PM
I received from both my partners today!

gala_apples sent for my 'horned creature' and 'sky'

She also is passionate about note cards, and this time included a small mini quilted piece.

The little horned creature is so sweet! I want one of these for my home! The rain patch speaks to me, as I'm from the Pacific Northwest, and I do love the rain. Both patches are soft and squishy.

galas' stiches are more diagonal and twisty than mine, with a puffier final product.

alwaysinmyroom gifted me with multiple little patches. And methinks she saw some of my posts as she selected 'science' (which I had forgotten and wailed about it in the thread), 'anthropromorphic being', 'sky/universe', and 'horned creature'. She also sent a stellar little rectangle of scrappy, threaded bits.

They are all so wonderful! I love DNA, and have multiple pins. The cat fish is so stinkin clever! For the sky patch, alwaysinmyroom included a sweet little rusted bit, with roots leading to a twisted little tree, with a moon shining down, blessing them all. And finally, a precious little yakkety yak. Oy!

always added little embellishments to many of hers (which I only did on one patch).

Having these little guys in my hands makes me really love these smaller little patties (compared to my relatively larger ones). I love how soft, and textural they are. I can't stop touching them! All the small details, and stitches.

I am so lucky to have received such wonderful pieces from my partners. They are so talented! And I love each of their takes on my topics. I adore non-primary colors, and each of these are just perfect for me. Gah! They're just so SQUISHY!

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9  Re: Assemblage Art Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: April 10, 2017 03:56:27 PM
Ohh, you guys! I received from our illustrious geekgirl1000100!

Are y'all ready?

Ta-da! Isn't she just lovely in her oddness? She vaguely gives off a Russian feeling, but more royally cossak than simple peasant. She has a teal headdress, red trim, and some unsettling flowers growing in her garden...

Welcome to my garden, little one. Fancy a sniff?

Ugh! I just love them! Blooming skull flowers!

The top of the cabinet is trimmed in sharp, pointy findings, and an aggressively authoritative crown! I doodle, write, scribble, and daydream often, so the writing utensils really speak to me:

She also sent her note with a raised, Persian elephant. Which is one of my top 5 animals. I shamlessly pin them.

I feel as if she needs a name, though. An unusual one to suit her nature. Any ideas?

Thank you SO much geekgirl1000100! I just love her!

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10  Fill the Hoopla swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by JoyfulClover on: March 18, 2017 12:54:58 PM

(image by Eun-jeong Lee via Creative Dimensions)

Would anyone be interested in a 'fill the hoopla' swap? The idea being to fill 80% of the hoop with either embroidery or fabric (meaning pieces on top of the base fabric)? Maybe an 8"?

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