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1  Re: Introduction to Masterboard Technique Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: November 15, 2019 06:09:41 PM
I received my last package, from Kartiana.

Three great papers and a sweet extra, with a tiny card. I especially like the use of impromptu stamps.

I was a bit covetous of that dark purple and teal one, but now I have some of my own! Look how beautiful this is up close:

Thanks for this, and thanks to all of my partners for the amazing variety of boards you sent.

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2  Re: Introduction to Masterboard Technique Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: November 12, 2019 05:26:53 PM
I received from anna.wahnsinn today. The mail between Canada and Germany has really been flying this time.

Four lovely masterboard pieces. Look at the detail:

I love the complexity of these. Thank you, Anne!

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3  Re: Introduction to Masterboard Technique Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: November 08, 2019 07:20:42 PM
I've received from four of my six partners now - BigBangMomma, geekgirl1000100, craftylittlemonkey and megwell.

From BBM, with her great selection of extras packed into a tiny envelope:

From geekgirl1000100:

From megwell, with offcut:

And from craftylittlemonkey, a classic CLM envelope packed with printed papers, book pages, wrapping paper, colouring pages, sheet music and much more:

Note the photocopies of some other CLM collages, including one of cut up credit cards!

And then there's the actual masterboard that CLM sent:

I love all these boards, and I can hardly wait to find things to do with them. Thanks, all!

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4  Re: Return of the TM Patch Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: September 27, 2019 05:22:24 AM
I received from both my partners this week, but I've been working long days and haven't had a chance to even open the packages until last night. And then I was too tired to post anything. But I did manage to take photos, and here they are!

gala_apples sent me this wonderfully simple (and simply wonderful) praying mantis patch:

Look at that little face!

She says she has more of this insect fabric to use the next time we're partnered for a swap. I can hardly wait!

And then there was a beautiful handmade card and a supplies kit including some great fabrics. I particularly love the combination of fruit and seashells on the top one!

The tiny cross-stitch on the card is so perfect!

Thank you for these - the insect patch is an all-time favourite, and I so admire your ability to be simple about it - I have a lot of trouble with that!

But it was a double-package day, and one from Kartiana contained still more patchy goodness:

These, if you can believe it, aren't even the "real" patches - they're just some little filler bits she made!  Shocked

I wish I could properly show the great 3-D texture of this one - the tiny stitching around the shapes makes them rise right up from the background.

Then there are two larger patches:

This one is purely abstract, which is a great idea. Look at the detail in that! And the colour variation in the stitching - did you combine two plies of different coloured floss to get that effect?

And the other combines my "Nature" and "Insects" themes:

I especially love the dragonflies, of course, but the addition of the charms and glass leaf beads makes them even more special.

Again, I wish there was a way to show the actual texture of these patches, because Kartiana's tiny seed stitches have tightened down the stuffing and made them almost leathery rather than puffy as most of ours are. I love the feel of these!

But wait, there's MORE!

Of course there was a supply package, including a leaf charm and a package of tiny brass tags, a mysterious break-open card that I'm saving until I need a little boost (which may be very soon) some great fabrics (butterflies! Cheesy) and a whole handful of embroidery thread. The blue and fuchsia ones are rayon - very beautiful and not like anything I can get here in Toronto. Thank you for these!

I've been very spoiled by both my partners in this swap, and I love it. Thank you both! Kiss

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5  Re: Stitched Mandala Swap R2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 30, 2019 05:53:21 PM
Wow, these are so fantastic! I can't pick a favourite, but I had to, it would be... the one I just received from faemystique!

Look how dense the stitching is, and with that wool and heavy floss, it looks like some kind of traditional ethnic technique:

But as if that weren't enough (and it certainly is!), our talented organizer packed the bright purple package (why can I only ever find bubble-pack envelopes in white and tan?) with a huge pile of extras:

Stickers, die-cuts (I love the dog bowl of biscuits!), printed paper and vellum ephemera, playing cards, buttons, glass and stone beads, keys, leather thong...

... a huge variety of teas, a silly fashion postcard, scraps of lace, a glittery rainbow unicorn kitten card (of course) and even the fabric in the background.

Thank you for all this wonderfulness. I can hardly wait to sew this mandala onto something - I had thought a bag, but now I'm leaning toward a cushion.

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6  Re: Open Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 06, 2019 06:47:27 PM
Whew! It isn't as crudely done as I thought. It's sometimes a relief to have your memory play tricks on you. But I now know the lower limit of scale in which I can sculpt in Apoxy clay, and this tiny lady is right at the edge of it. My admiration for the artists who sculpt RPG figures has increased enormously!

But more importantly, I also received a great package from Killam Creative today! It was surprisingly heavy for its size. I found out when I opened it up:

It's made entirely of metal, glass and stone. Yes, those are actual rocks the tree is growing from!

I love the the rainbow colours of the beads, and the realistic way the wire forms the roots and trunk.

Even the back is lovely, with its traces of gilding along the edge like remembered splendour:

Thanks for this!

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7  Re: Use The Good Beads, Fabric, Yarn, etc. ROUND 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 11, 2019 06:21:02 PM
After weeks of eager waiting, my package from anna.wahnsinn has arrived! Anne had told me that she liked what she'd made so much that she almost hoped I wouldn't want it so she could have it back. But you'll see why that's not gonna happen!

Look at this beautifully crafted box, covered with gorgeous shot silk brocade. The padded top gives a hint to what's inside: it's a pincushion.

Lift off the lid, and the four sides drop down to reveal places for storing scissors, seam rippers and other sewing tools, and a centre set of panels that hold needles and pins. She even made some lovely bead-topped pins to start me off.

Thank you so much for this! I've never had anything like it, and I can hardly wait to load it up with sewing treasures. I'm sorry I like it too much to return it to you.  Wink


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8  Re: CLOSED: Open Tin Swap (Signups through July 5 or until full; Sendout July 26) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: July 06, 2019 02:14:40 PM
Thanks for partnering me with Killam Creative! She reminds me its been eight years since we were partners in a matchbox swap (we need another one of those!) and I received this splendid Steampunk gentleman, whos been sitting on the bookshelf near me ever since.

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9  Re: Craftster Meetup 2020 - Aloha Hawaii! in UNITED STATES by Wulf on: May 06, 2019 06:17:52 PM
Oh, that plate lunch looks so good! My brother-in-law just taught me about mayonnaise on rice. I liked it, but my sister was giving us the ol stink eye - she thinks its not classy or something. Grin UTM and Mountains and Clouds, I thought youd appreciate this bit of Hawaiian cuisine thats crept into Canada. Poke shops appeared all over the place a couple of years ago. (Poke - pronounced po-kay - is a chopped raw fish snack.) But I guess people didnt know how to say it, because many of them now spell it as if it were French, with an . That we know how to pronounce!

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10  Re: Craft with a Fat Quarter Swap Round 4 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 02, 2019 06:09:17 PM
My package from Jemimah in New Zealand arrived today! We were both blessed with relatively fast postal service from one side of the globe to the other this time.

My dear partner had been a bit worried about the -er "unconventional" project she'd made for me, and also the fact that she just winged it without a pattern. There was never anything to be concerned about.

How could anyone have doubts about this handsome gastropod? I think his name might be Seymour.

Just look at those soulful eyes:

But Seymour is more than just a pretty face. Under his shell, he's hiding a pincushion!

Along with the giant snail, Jemimah also sent a tiny zipper pouch:

The pouch is beautifully lined and everything. It contained six even more tiny covered buttons. (Funny enough, I had planned to make Jemimah some buttons out of the the small remaining scraps, but I completely forgot!)

More of that beautiful mottled fabric became a log cabin pattern hot pad. I love the off-centre design.

And finally, the lovely handmade card Jemimah included, and two FQ's.

There is more of the mottled pattern in brown, and a richly-complicated Maori pattern.

Thanks so much for all this, Jemimah! It's been great being your partner.

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