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1  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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2  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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3  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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4  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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5  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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6  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2017 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: August 29, 2017 03:15:52 PM
I received from bunny1kenobi!

A skull hurricane ball jar glass in silver:

Will look lovely with a flickering tea light.

My preferred vintage timeframe was post 40s-80s. Check out this sweet 50s kitten!

He looks ready to pounce, doesn't he?

The main event is a skeleton torso bat wooden box. It features a faux bookmark with a small dragon charm:

The spine and interior are also embellished:

The cameo reads:
From Ghoulies
and Ghosties,
Things that
go bump
in the night,
Good Lord
deliver us.

All in beautiful script. The translation of the spine is 'The Book of Secrets'.

Inside is a pack of blank note cards featuring sugar skulls, wrapped with a Halloween ribbon.

Thank you, bunny1kenobi! I have one box from a previous swap sitting on the side table, and they are SO HANDY! I just messaged the previous partner this week thanking her for it, and (no kidding!), I mentioned wanting one for my sewing table! It's great to just flip it closed and not have to worry about losing small bits! And I already have a grimm reaper coffin pin cushion! So this already has a known usage (year round!!) and location! Sweet!

Thank you, as well, for all the extras. You we're very generous!  I can't wait to ship yours, and hope you like them, too!

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7  Harvest / Fall / Thanksgiving Swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by JoyfulClover on: August 26, 2017 01:16:05 PM

Any interest in a Harvest / Fall / Thanksgiving swap? 

hot cocoa
leaf peeping
hay rides
cozy sweaters / boots
leaf piles
pumpkin everything!
fall festivals mums
lap throws

Colors of burgundy, wine, eggplant, teal, pumpkin, burnt orange, deep blues, marigolds and mustards, moss, evergreen ! So many happy colors!  YUM!!

*knocking on mic*
Whaddya say?  Anyone?
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8  Re: Pumpkin Everything Swap SU 8/18 to 9/2 Send Out by Oct 9 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by JoyfulClover on: August 25, 2017 10:20:28 AM
I didn't choose those...Iook at these pretties!

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N920A using Tapatalk

Hey BBM! I want to Joann's today, specifically looking for the teal and pumpkin fabric you picked up. They didn't have it! Boo!

They said if you still had the receipt, they could find it by item code. Do you happen to still have it?

*would be grateful!*
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9  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: August 19, 2017 07:33:16 PM
I received from audio and I love them so!

First is from my request for weather - a Twister!

The stiches are so neat and precise, but unless she used disappearing ink, I think it was done free hand. Imagine that! And a triangle reinforcing the cyclone shape. Swoon, right?

Next patch is of rain - which might sound weird, but is one of my most favorite weather types. It always reminds me of home, so it's like an audible hug when it starts to come down.

It also makes plants grow! Notice the use of alphabet stamps on all of them! I have these on my personal wish list, and after seeing them in use, I think I will be pulling the trigger on a set for myself.

Another request was for Bob's Burgers. I have a crazy, unhealthy love for the Belcher crew, but especially for the girls.

Here is Teeny Tina uttering her verbal filler Uhhhhhhhhhhhh

It's vaguely trapezoidal, so I'm just going to pretend it was intentional. After closer inspection, I think audio may have painted over the fabric, then stitched, then letter stamped! But she must have masked some areas, because they are not always full letters - that's a pretty sweet touch.

Finally, Little Louise

And I DO love limey green. Also, it's vaguely bacterial, which Louise would certainly appreciate. Her expression is hilarious! She is always willing to go offensive, and rarely lacks self assurance.

It's always amazing to me when I have them in my hands, and I'm able to feel and inspect each one. Audio's are very light and delicate. When flipping over, some were definitely stitched after making the patty, but ONLY caught the top fabric layer, leaving only the anchor knots showing. That's not an easy thing to do consistently!  Others are stitched through and through, which gives each one a substantial quilted feel. I did not do seed stitch this round, but I think  I should have, as I really love how it gives texture.

Also, each of audios are using (what appears to be) baticks! I am a lover of pattern on pattern, as well as non primary colors, so basically, I can hear them all calling my name! *cupping hand to ear* aww, yiss!

Notice how her edgework is running stitch along the trim? I always stich over (although I did some in blanket, last round), but this reminds me to mix it up even more.

Thank you so much, audio, for making me some happy little patches, and to everyone else for participating - I just love these swaps! Y'all are uber talented!
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10  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: August 11, 2017 07:40:22 PM
Yay, quaggy!

I had a moment of panic thinking I accidentally shipped your little trailer to a different partner, so I'm relieved it arrived as well! I pasted it down below.

I am SO happy you like the patches! I know you struggled with my color choices, and made me such wonderful pieces I really wanted you to like yours! Notice my 'embellishments' (which you listed) didn't go very far! I rarely use them, so I don't have a good eye for what is enough. I AM thrilled you noticed the double stitch! I made one on accident and have tried to throw them in ever since!

I lauuuuughed when I saw both crafty-becky and I chose the same topics! Ha! Her style is so different than mine, I was happy to have yours in the mail, so there was no chance in me remaking them!

So happy we were partnered! Happy stitching!

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