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1  Re: Return of the TM Patch Swap - Rd1 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 19, 2018 08:26:32 AM
Wait! I'm not done yet!

Earlier this week, the amazing gala_apples sent me a pair of unanticipated, unexpected and completely un-called-for patches. Supposedly they were a thank you for small embroidery book I slipped into her package to make it thick enough to go as a parcel, but I think she probably just did it because she's so darn nice.

The happy elephant is the first "Circus" one I've received, and the lovely beetles are a great addition to my growing "Insects" collection. (Both patches are about the same size - my phone camera has just decided to present them in correct relationship of elephant to insect.)

But almost best of all, she sent another of those fabulous patchwork duck cards:

Thank you, Gala! I'm going to start slipping extra books into all my swap packages to see if it always gets this result!  Wink

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2  Re: Return of the TM Patch Swap - Rd1 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 27, 2018 05:08:55 AM
I just realized I haven't posted the great patch I got from gala_apples!

It's my first purely abstract one, and I love it! The circles (spirals,actually) remind me of one of my favourite embroiderers, Junko Oki.

But the card she sent was wonderful all on its own:

Thanks for this, gala! It's one of my favourites.


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3  Re: Return of the TM Patch Swap - Rd1 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 22, 2018 06:58:30 PM
I received from Ludi on Friday, but didn't get a chance to open the package till this morning. It was SO worth the wait!

I love the colours, and apart from some of Ludi's trademark embroidery, I can't even tell how the beetle was done. Is it insect-printed fabric? It doesn't matter- it's just plain fabulous. And the photo doesn't really give you the impression of how BIG the patch is: about 6 inches by 5 inches! My largest yet, by far.

Thanks so much for this, Ludi! I was so thrilled to be your partner again for this swap.

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4  Re: Prayer Flag Swap - Round 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 31, 2018 11:44:45 AM
ChameleonHound, I love your "Bloom" flag - so much great texture. Today I was cleaning out a basket overflowing with string and cord, and found lots of little (I mean less than 6 pieces) of string and yarn, and I thought "I should have had those to put into my prayer flag!" I love using up those tiny, otherwise-useless pieces.

My flag got finished yesterday:

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5  Re: Prayer Flag Swap - Round 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 25, 2018 06:08:02 PM
I received my flag from ChameleonHound a few days ago, but I wasn't finished making hers, so I didn't let myself open it. But the wait is over!

Unfortunately, this is one of those that's a bit hard to photograph. The octopus and shark in the lower half, and the little planet at the top are all glittery and rubbery, which you can't see here. Also I should have taken a photo of the batik fabric on the back, which is fabulous in its own right. And it's great how one piece of fabric can evoke both outer space and undersea at the same time.

Thanks for this - I hope the flag I just sent got your taste as dead-on as you did mine!

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6  Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: November 12, 2017 12:41:23 PM
Now, I have to say that tapestrymlp's idea of an "envelope" is a bit unusual: she sent a 6 in. square box. But not only did that allow her to send much more dimensional stuff, it also gave more surface for painting bird portraits, which she did on all four sides:

The customs sticker covered one bird, but I was able to peel it off without injury. Aren't they fantastic? Just a hint of what's waiting inside. I don't really know where to begin.

Maybe with this foxy fellow, painted on a slice of birch tree:

Just look at that face!

And then these four cotton bags, each painted with a different wacky creature from Medieval illuminations:

How could you have known how much I love crazy illuminated manuscript marginalia? These are wonderful, and now I get to decide what to store in them.

Then a card, with a sweet little hedgehog that dreams of being a butterfly, and a couple of dozen round tags, all marbled with paint in rich, dark swirls. And those hand-painted white-on-black insects? They're magnets!

And speaking of magnets, look at these wonderful hand-painted creatures:

Six more great little faces!

But we're not done yet! She also made me this beautiful plaque, with texture that really looks like the sea at night.

And the moon is like a little slice of cheese floating above it:

Finally (but certainly worth waiting for), an ATC that stretches the boundaries of those three letters beyond anything I would have imagined. There's no paper involved in the card, and I'd never, ever trade it, but it is certainly the work of an artist:

The "card" is actually thin sheet metal, and look at the depth of the sculpting:

Thanks for all these wonderful creatures, Jenn! I'm going to enjoy living with them a lot!

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7  Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: November 12, 2017 11:22:01 AM
I love those paper puppets too, and there are so many great ideas that could come out of that simple idea. It could almost be a whole swap in itself... hmmmm Roll Eyes...

I came home Friday afternoon, suffering from a cold and feeling down, only to have my spirits lifted by finding not one but BOTH of my swap packages waiting for me! It was amazingly fast, and so surprising that they took exactly the same amount of time despite being from different parts of the US and being rather different sizes.

First, from cabaute, this modest-looking but tightly-packed envelope. Both the front and back were decorated, but only the back really photographed well:

Inside, I found two gorgeous and mysterious double-sided ATCs.

Photos don't do them justice, as both are shimmery and the images come and go as you tilt them at different angles. The one on the left has a picture of dancing Krishna that sometimes you can see and sometimes not. Very cool.

Then four collaged tags, two with ribbons and all double-sided.

I didn't photo both sides of the tags, but let's just say that they don't have a clear front and back! Also two cards, one painted and collaged with cut-out leaf windows and a 3-dimensional twig below. The square one has an illustration by one of my favourite artists, Walter Crane, one of whose flower fairies also appears on a tag. The lion and text box on the card are 3-D, and the fairy's dress is outlined with a line of glittery thread that perfectly matches the painted costume.

And then a little hand-bound scrap journal. I love how so many of us included these little books, because of course they're all so different. This one has a deeply-textured Steampunk-y cover that I love a lot:

I won't take up space with pictures of all the pages inside, but here's a typically delightful example:

And finally, the extras!

Printed sheets of airships and more insects, blind-embossed cards of a stag in a forest, and a paper stencil of trees, and then a whole pile of punched shapes - gears, deer, butterflies (they also have text and designs embossed on them), tags and a circle. Some are book or patterned paper, some are painted, and many are both.

I love all this stuff, Cynthia, and your worries about swap inadequacy were SO unfounded! Cheesy

I'll continue with tapestrymlp's package in the next post.

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8  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 16, 2017 07:47:58 PM
I just got an amazing package from Sharalee! I know she felt bad for making me wait, but it was so worth it!

In every one of these swaps I've included "trees" and "insects" in my list. And I've received at least one or the other every time. Which makes me happy, because I'm steadily gathering a collection of insect and tree patches.

Sweet Sharalee made me one of each!

This beetle is painted, embroidered and beaded.

The tree is so lushly embroidered you can almost feel the texture of the bark just by looking at it. And what great charms are dangling from the branches!

Of course there was a kit of supplies, too:

These wonderfully varied fabrics - including some tiny calico prints that are perfect for edging TM patches.

An iron-on skull patch (which I know exactly where I'm going to use), some fabulously variegated floss, and a whole lot more charms, buttons and embellishments.

Thanks so much for this, Shari!

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9  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 26, 2017 06:36:45 PM
I didn't even know that interactive patches were a thing! I love the tiny gnome door.  Cheesy

I received my first package of patches today, from curiousfae. For one of them, she chose my "insects" theme, which I'm always glad when someone does because I'm getting a little collection of them.

What kind of insect is it exactly? I don't know either, perhaps a butterbeetle or a beetlefly. But it's a beauty either way!

The other patch illustrated the "Four Elements" theme perfectly:

I especially love the subtle curlicues in the background fabric. Just perfect!

And we'd agreed to swap a few supplies too:

Each of the squares has a different fabric sewn onto the back. Half done already! Grin The city transit signs is my favourite, though they're all great. And there is a sweet little handful of charms and buttons, and a skein of good-quality floss.

And I can't overlook the card:

It's got a great 1970s vibe!

Thanks so much for these - they're a great addition to my patch collection.

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10  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round SO - 6/10 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 20, 2017 06:57:35 PM
Wow, what great flags in here! I love the little red upholstery fabric flowers, and those radiating stitch flags are so great! No wonder you love that silk thread - it just glows. And using Inktense pencils on fabric? Shocked I had no idea! Must try that immediately - I love them on paper. Such intense colours.

So I received my flag from cmarion3 last week, and somehow kept being blocked from posting it. What a terrific trio of tattered tatting she made for us all! Cheesy

I love the spiraling of the narrow lace in all of these. It's especially perfect for my phrase, "Go Within".

Carol mentioned in her card that she had a 35 litre bin of vintage lace, and I thought "Wow, that's a LOT!" Then I realized I actually have two 15 litre bins, so I guess I can't make comments. Embarrassed

So then yesterday, I got my second flag, this symphony in green from Averia:

I love crazy quilting, and these green pieces and the stitching connecting them are so perfect. You almost can't see it in this photo, but there's a copper wire tree floating in the middle of the flag. Thanks so much for this!

And then my own flag. Like a lot of people, I had trouble coming up with an idea, but I finally got it worked out on Thursday evening, but I didn't have time to start it. I had to go to Ottawa for work over the weekend, so it didn't get worked on at all. But what I made when I got back has absolutely no relation to what I had originally intended - an entirely new idea took over and I did the whole thing in about two hours. I was quite surprised when I stepped back and looked at it!

While I was in Ottawa I had time to go the Canadian History Museum, where there is an amazing painting on the domed ceiling of one of the galleries, "Morning Star" by Alex Janvier. When I saw it, I thought "That's what I want my prayer flag to be!" So when I got home I started gathering up bits and scraps of fabrics, ironed Wonder Under onto them, and pieced them together. As I was working, I kept trying to think of what inspiring word I would add, but in the end I decided it just didn't need one. The image is inspiration enough. And tomorrow is the Summer Solstice, so it was meant to be.

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