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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Herbology/Mandrake Poster Wall-Hanging on: February 27, 2019 07:47:08 AM
I just made this over the last couple of weeks for the Asheville Meetup swap. I was crafting for sheepBlue who hinted at wanting a felted craft, and I saw a few Harry Potter herbology posters on her Pinterest, so I went with a 2D felted interpretation of one of them showing variations of Mandrakes. I started with a recycled wool sweater that I washed to machine felt to make a nice base. The bodies are all needle felted with needlepoint roots. The leaves were made with a wool blend felt with needlepoint details. The eyes are various beads and buttons, but with the tall, skinny guy, I went with a touch of extra creepy cute and gave him some weird felt eyelids. I happened to accidentally put the bottom hem of the original sweater on the TOP of the wall hanging, which happened to make a perfect sleeve for a dowel to support the hanging.









2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Monthly Dotee Swap - March 2018 - Muses Gallery on: April 25, 2018 11:44:18 AM

Art by StudioANF

Discussion Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454497.0

Partners:
cmarion3 <> Smmarrt
LadybugsAndBumblebees <> PerfectlyBohemian

Legend:
Sent
Received
Sent and Received
Feedback Provided
Late with Communication
Late without Communication - Please contact organizer immediately
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Monthly Dotee Swap - March 2018 - Muses (S/U thru 3/29; S/O 4/19) on: March 18, 2018 07:01:19 PM
Gallery!


Art by StudioANF

Swap name: Monthly Dotee Swap - March 2018
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: PerfectlyBohemian
Sign-up date range: March 19 - March 29
Date to send item by: April 19

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No (coorganizer will be recruited at 25 members)

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: YES
- May or may not send someone a potato dotee: YES
- 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
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES




Details of swap:

In this swap you will make your partner one Dotee doll in the theme of...

~Muses~

This can be anything that inspires the recipient (an animal, spirit/goddess, etc.). This is up to your interpretation when you fill out your questionnaire.

This is a monthly swap, but you do NOT have to join in each month's round! Feel free to only join in for themes you love, or to pass on months when you have no spare time.

Read more about the original idea here.

What is a dotee? (by Smmarrt)

A dotee is a mini art doll, meant to be traded or swapped. The dolls are generally smaller than 6" with a face, but do not usually have arms or legs (unless that's part of your design). Dotees have a loop for hanging, some come with tails (tails are fibers, ribbon, charms or other string-y things that add to the theme of the doll), and can be made from a variety of materials - fabric, felt, canvas, denim, gourds or any other material/media that you can make a doll from. Most dotee makers add buttons, beads, sequins, embroidery, or charms to embellish the doll.

Check out the galleries from previous dotee swaps to get some ideas:

Harry Potter Dotee swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383921.0
Character Dotee swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376251.0
Resolution Dotee Swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402164.0
Fall Dotee Swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435315.0
Holiday Dotee Swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436783.0

2018 Monthly Dotee Swaps:
January - Fauna: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454253.0
February - Science: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454438.0

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Monthly Dotee Theme Swap - January 2018
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address (how it is written on a letter) including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Will you get a confirmation/tracking number for your package if sending within the USA, or keep your receipt if not?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old:
Confirm that you have posted in the swap thread:
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?

What do you consider to be a muse. Please list at least three options for you partner to choose from. These can be animals, spirits, totems, artists, etc.:
1.
2.
3.
...

Do you have any favorite styles or techniques? (scrappy, knit, beaded, etc.):

Do you have a pinterest or etsy favorites that your partner can see? Please link here:

Is there anything you do not want to receive? (materials, themes not listed, etc.)

Anything else you'd like to add?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

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

PARTICIPANTS:

1. PerfectlyBohemian
2. cmarion3
3. LadybugsAndBumblebees
4. Smmarrt


PARTNERS:

cmarion3 <> Smmarrt
LadybugsAndBumblebees <> PerfectlyBohemian
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Atlas Moth Power of Now Wall Hanging on: February 17, 2018 08:54:16 AM
Here's what I made myself for the Positive Aspirations Swap. An Atlas Moth felted onto an upcycled sweater with a quote from the Power of Now by Eckharte Tolle. the "stick" for this piece is a single broken chopstick that has been spliced and reinforced with a pretty old fork that I've had in my stash for almost ten years :x





5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Butterfly life stages and aspirations wall hanging on: February 16, 2018 12:37:53 PM
This project was for craftylittlemonkey in the Postitive Aspirations Swap. I went down some strange road and was inspired by a cute little image somewhere in the depths of Pinterest that showed (in cartoonish illustration) the life stages of a butterfly with a motivational saying. For the life of me, I could not find that image again after I started this project, though, so I just winged it from there. I also chose a Monarch butterfly based on some pins of CLM's.

The butterfly is needle-felted onto a piece of upcycled, machine-felted sweater. The caterpillar and cocoon are 3D needle-felted sculptures. The first "stick" of the hanging is a Scrabble tile holder. The second "stick" is a pair of chopsticks. The messages are handwritten on scraps of fabric. The fabric is rust dyed muslin fabric leftover from my "Rusty the Moth Guy" project a couple years ago. That project has had a lasting positive outlook on my crafty motivation and inspiration, so the fabric was pretty special to me and I thought this was the perfect project and person to share it with even though it just looks like little scraps and nothing significant.

I couldn't decide on one positive saying to include on the piece, but I also liked the idea of a butterfly flitting about and whispering inspiration here and there and not just sending one message. I picked my favorite four from CLM's pin board because I'm not so good with words on my own.









6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / MDS Swap - January 2018 - Fauna - Gallery on: February 12, 2018 07:46:34 AM

Dotee by alwaysinmyroom ~ MDS Jan. 2015 ~ Fauna

Discussion Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454109.0

Partners:

PerfectyBohemian <> cmarion3
mandit1990 <> craftylittlemonkey
Rosie1981 <> Acadian Driftwood
Smmarrt <> Sarasmile

Legend:
Sent
Received
Sent and Received
Feedback Provided
Late with Communication
Late without Communication - Please contact organizer immediately
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Monthly Theme Dotee Swap - January 2018 - Fauna (SU through 1/28; SO 2/12) on: January 19, 2018 01:40:43 PM

Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454253.0



Dotee made by artsycandice

Swap name: Monthly Theme Dotee Swap - January 2018
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: PerfectlyBohemian
Sign-up date range: January 19 - January 28
Date to send item by: February 12

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no (coorganizer will be recruited at 25 members)

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: YES
- May or may not send someone a potato dotee: YES
- 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
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES




Details of swap:

In this swap you will make your partner one Dotee doll in the theme of...

~Fauna~

Anything goes as long as it's animal themed! Mythological or extinct animals are welcome as well as all of our earthly creatures.

This is a monthly swap, but you do NOT have to join in each month's round! Feel free to only join in for themes you love, or to pass on months when you have no spare time.

Read more about the original idea here.

What is a dotee? (by Smmarrt)

A dotee is a mini art doll, meant to be traded or swapped. The dolls are generally smaller than 6" with a face, but do not usually have arms or legs (unless that's part of your design). Dotees have a loop for hanging, some come with tails (tails are fibers, ribbon, charms or other string-y things that add to the theme of the doll), and can be made from a variety of materials - fabric, felt, canvas, denim, gourds or any other material/media that you can make a doll from. Most dotee makers add buttons, beads, sequins, embroidery, or charms to embellish the doll.

Check out the galleries from previous dotee swaps to get some ideas:

2015 Monthly Dotee Swaps:
MDS January (Fauna): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437871.0
MDS February (Flora): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438176.0
MDS March (Celestial): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438496.0
MDS April (Fandom): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439022.0
MDS May (Music): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439387.0
MDS June (Ocean): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439769.0
MDS July (Around the World): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440072.0
MDS August (Culinary): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440443.0
MDS September (History & Myth): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440774.0
MDS October (Literary): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441321.0
MDS November (Color): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441929.0
MDS December (Personal): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442355.0

Others:
Harry Potter Dotee swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383921.0
Character Dotee swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376251.0
Resolution Dotee Swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402164.0
Fall Dotee Swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435315.0
Holiday Dotee Swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436783.0


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Monthly Dotee Theme Swap - January 2018
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address (how it is written on a letter) including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Will you get a confirmation/tracking number for your package if sending within the USA, or keep your receipt if not?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old:
Confirm that you have posted in the swap thread:
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?

What are your favorite general kinds of animals? (nocturnal, jungle, birds, imaginary, etc.):

Please list 6 or more specific animals that you like (but you are not guaranteed to get one of these animals):

Do you have any favorite styles or techniques? (scrappy, knit, beaded, etc.):

Do you have a pinterest or etsy favorites that your partner can see? Please link here:

Is there anything you do not want to receive? (materials, specific animals, etc.)

Anything else you'd like to add?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

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

PARTICIPANTS:

1. PerfectlyBohemian
2. mandit1990
3. cmarion3
4. Rosie1981
5. Sarasmile
6. Smmarrt
7. Acadian Driftwood
8. craftylittlemonkey


PARTNERS:

PerfectyBohemian <> cmarion3
mandit1990 <> craftylittlemonkey
Rosie1981 <> Acadian Driftwood
Smmarrt <> Sarasmile
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Holiday Applique Tea Towels on: December 07, 2017 11:16:10 AM
I made these recently to help out geekgirl1000100 with all of her holiday swaps. The kitchen towels are from Trader Joe's and are perfect for adding applique to! I free-handed the patterns and machine stitched the edges of the applique for extra durability. We have Rudolf, a birdie with holly, and a trio of Christmas trees!







9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Sorting Hat Tree Topper on: December 07, 2017 09:36:03 AM
I made this recently to help out geekgirl1000100 with all of her swaps. I saw "sorting hat tree topper" on her to do list and instantly claimed it Cheesy This guy is fairly small because he was made for a 3' tree. He's all needle-felted. He's also quite a grumpy looking hat Wink











And I didn't have a tree to try him on at the time, so here's my head for scale/action shot Tongue

10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Spooky the Moth Kid - a needle-felted Halloween sculpture on: October 26, 2017 09:11:20 AM
For the weekend Trick or Treat swap last week, I decided I really wanted to make a new sculpture similar to my "Rusty the Moth Guy" for my partner. Since this was supposed to just be a small item, I had to go as "mini" as possible without losing the ability to incorporate some of the features that I wanted to use (twice wrapped legs, button eyes, felted sweater wings). He wound up being bigger than intended - a problem I have been struggling a lot with on most of my projects Tongue I'm mostly happy with how he turned out. I definitely could have spent more time felting his head and body to firm up the sculpture, and I'll need some lighter gauge wire in the future for such small figures. His armature was really tough to work with on a small scale because it was made with a pretty heavy wire for my bigger projects.

I'd like to now introduce Spooky the Moth Kid! Spooky dressed up as a little devil for Halloween this year!  Grin He wouldn't stop touching his devil horns, so they are a little crooked. You know how moth kids are. Wink









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