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31  Re: Shrine Swap Spring 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 12, 2016 05:35:51 AM
Wow, these first few shrines couldn't be more different, could they? I love the variety!

I received from StudioANF yesterday, after a bit of a struggle with UPS. American swap partners, please take note: DON'T USE UPS TO SHIP TO CANADA! I know it works well down there, but on this side of the border they're nothing but trouble. In this case, for example, they charged a $30 brokerage fee to collect $2.23 sales tax - which shouldn't have been due anyway, as it was clearly marked as a gift. And they were going to charge it twice but fortunately Nichole had warned me that she'd already paid it. Grrrr!! Angry

Anyhow, after all that I did get a whole box of shrines! I said that I didn't have room for a large shrine, so instead she sent three small ones. Cheesy

The first one is a specimen under a bell jar on a lamp fixture, surrounded by bright green moss and flowers.

But what is it a specimen of, you ask? A rare Steampunk butterfly, of course!

And it's surrounded by these delicate handmade flowers:

The second shrine is another butterfly:

And look at her clever use of a butterfly clip Cheesy to make the stand at the back:

Shrine Number 3 is a little book that opens up to reveal an Altoids tin shrine!

I love the 3-D Tarot card, and the wax seal on the other side. (There's another on the cover of the book.)

But wait, there's more! Grin

The extras included one of her beautiful watercolour paintings...

...this tiny, tiny blue dragon in a bottle, and a handful of skull beads.

I love all these! And I'm so glad I put a little extra effort into the shrine I sent, or I'd be feeling a bit inadequate! Wink

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32  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 09, 2016 08:27:58 AM
I received my flag from SonjaBoo on Friday, but didn't know about it til last night, as I've been away for the weekend.

You can't really tell from the photo, but the two orange studs holding the butterfly are fuzzy! Cheesy The hanging letters are ingenious, and I love vintage lace of any sort.

Thanks for this!

AIMR, your idea of including a little pack of scraps for doing soluble stabilizer collage is a brilliant one. This could be a swap in itself, couldn't it?

Thanks for sharing the stories about your dad, Smmarrt. I hope your annus horribilis is behind you, and 2016 will continue better. Certainly this prayer flag is a positive way to mark it. Did anyone else notice the fabric behind the world "fortunate"? Cheesy

Elliehookd, there isn't really a pattern to share for prayer flags, as they're pretty much whatever you want to make them. But is are some useful information at the beginning of the swap thread. And you can't find a better source for ideas and tips than this Gallery!


I think we may be done. I'm going to sit down and update the status list this afternoon to make sure. Stay tuned.
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33  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 04, 2016 01:40:19 PM
I love that the fabulousness just keeps on coming!

My partner SonjaBoo and I are both waiting to receive from each other, but here's the flag I made for myself.

You can't really see from the photo, but the little butterfly in the corner is very glossy and looks like it's just landed on the fabric.

I was intending to do something else, but I got so excited about trying that soluble stabilizer idea, that I had to do it right now. And the W.B.Yeats quote just sort of presented itself and demanded to be used.

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34  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R6- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 02, 2016 06:17:33 PM
Don't you just love it when someone you've never met sends you exactly the thing you didn't even realize you wanted? It's like they've been talking to your subconscious behind your back or something. Well, that's what my partner, craftADDchick seems to have been up to, anyway.

I'd listed "Earth from space" on my questionnaire, thinking of the rather boring image of the planet against the black of space, but of course from the surface of the Moon it's much more picturesque. And I love the scrappy look of the Moon contrasted with the lavishly-embroidered Earth.

And I love anything with insects, but this mandala of green and blue plant bugs is absolutely perfect in every way. And the photos don't do justice to the embroidery, but it really is exquisite - every stitch is in exactly the right spot. Look how exactly the backing fabric compliments the colours of the insects!

Thanks so much for these - they're exactly the right way to start my collection of patches.

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35  Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 09, 2016 12:23:45 PM

Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery
Original swap thread

Let's hang up our prayer flags here!

Swap Status:

Abbeeroad: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from alwaysinmyroom, quaggy
Acadian Driftwood: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from PerfectlyBohemian, SonjaBoo
alwaysinmyroom: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from gigglygirl
Antidigger: [completed the swap; feedback posted [/i] received from seeuudee
calliemae: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from craftylittlemonkey, quaggy
craftylittlemonkey: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from calliemae
CraftyMamaBee: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from cmarion3
cmarion3: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from PerfectlyBohemian, CraftyMamaBee
fatewineroses: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from loves2experiment, redpopsicles
gigglygirl: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from rscowtown.
loves2experiment: completed the swap; feedback posted
PerfectlyBohemian: completed the swap; feedback posted received from cmarion3 and Acadian Driftwood
P_E_S_T: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from Renstar, seeuudee
puzzled-penguin: received from wendiek, Renstar; completed the swap; feedback posted
quaggy: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from Abbeeroad, calliemae
redpopsicles: completed the swap; feedback posted ; received from fatewineroses; CraftyMamaBee
Renstar: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from puzzled-penguin, P_E_S_T
rscowtown: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from gigglygirl, Smmarrt
seeuudee: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from Antidigger, P_E_S_T
Smmarrt: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from rscowtown
SonjaBoo: sent to Wulf, Acadian Driftwood; still crafting for herself; received from Acadian Driftwood, Wulf
wendiek: completed the swap; feedback posted
Wulf: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from SonjaBoo;
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36  Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 - Send-outs Monday, April 25 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: March 17, 2016 07:33:11 PM

Prayer Flag Swap ROUND 6

Swap name: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up date range: 03/17/2016 to 03/26/2016
Date to send item by: 04/25/2016

Limited to a certain number of people? NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself 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
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: N/A
- 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

It's been over a year since the last Prayer Flag Swap, so it's time for another round! If you don't know about prayer flags, this article from Cloth Paper Scissors

How to Make Prayer Flags

1. Cut pieces of fabric to 5" x 11". Use materials you already have on hand.
2. Fold the top down on each piece of fabric and stitch in place to create a 3" sleeve, making the flag surface 5" x 8".
3. Paint, stitch, embroider, appliqué, or collage the flags.
4. Add words, journaling, or symbols as desired. You can appliqué letters, add hand stitching, stencil with textile paint, or just write with a permanent marker.
5. Thread the flags onto a string or cord and hang them outdoors so the breeze will catch them and spread your intentions.

To keep this an easy, low-stress swap, you can choose to send to either one or two partners. In addition, each of us is going to make an additional prayer flag for ourselves. So if you have one partner, you're going to make two flags and keep one, and if you have two partners, you're going to make three flags and keep one.

As usual, to sign up for this swap, complete this questionnaire and PM it to Wulf. But first, read this IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

- You must get delivery confirmation if sending within the U.S., or a mailing receipt if sending to or from elsewhere in the world.
- If you must send late, let the organizers and your partner know ASAP.
- Good communication is very important. If you haven't already posted in this thread, please do so as soon as you've signed up, and stay in touch by posting weekly in the swap thread.
- PM both organizer and your partner when you send and when you receive.
- Please post photos of the flags you receive and the flag you made for yourself in the gallery. Remember to take pictures of what you make before you send it, just in case.

Some inspiration from previous swaps:
Prayer Flag Swap #5
Prayer Flag Swap #4
Prayer Flag Swap #3
Prayer Flag Swap #2
Prayer Flag Swap #1

The Prayer Flag Project blog.


Name of swap: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 (Date to send item by: Monday, April 25th)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country in correct shipping format:

Are you willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (Note that prayer flags can usually be sent in a small padded envelope, so international postage should be reasonable.)
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)
Confirm that you will provide a Delivery Confirmation number if mailing within the US, or keep your postal receipt for non-US packages. (YES/NO)

Do you want ONE partner or TWO partners?

1. Do you have any allergies that are strong enough to prevent you from being partnered with certain people and what are they?
2. Do you have any other things you wish to avoid (such as feathers, glitter or animal products)?
3. Do you have any allergens (pets, smoke) in your house?
4.  Please list 4-6 different inspirational words you would like to see on your flag.
5.  Name some of your favorite images/themes that you would enjoy seeing on your flag:
6.  Are there any images/themes that your partner should avoid?
7.  What are your favorite colors, or color combinations?
8.  Are there any colors your partner should avoid?
9.  Please add a few more details about yourself and your tastes to help your partner get an idea of who you are. The more information you give, the better she/he can craft for you.  Feel free to add a link to your Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or anything else that would give her/him an idea of your tastes and interests.

 1. Wulf (Canada)
 2. Renstar (UK)
 3 gigglygirl (USA)
 4. rscowtown (USA)
 5. quaggy (USA)
 6. Acadian Driftwood (USA)
 7. abbeeroad (USA)
 8. P_E_S_T (UK)
 9. wendiek (Netherlands)
10.Smmarrt (USA)
11.alwaysinmyroom (USA)
12. PerfectlyBohemian (USA)
13. CraftyMamaBee (USA)
14. calliemae (Canada)
15. fatewineroses
16. Antidigger (UK)
17. redpopsicles (USA)
18. puzzled-penguin (UK)
19. craftylittlemonkey (Canada)
20. cmarion3 (USA)
21. SonjaBoo (USA)
22. loves2experiment (USA)
23. seeuudee (UK)

Wulf: SonjaBoo
Smmarrt: rscowtown
wendiek: puzzled-penguin
Antidigger: seeuudee
loves2experiment: fatewineroses
craftylittlemonkey: calliemae
Renstar: P_E_S_T & puzzled-penguin
rscowtown: gigglygirl & Smmarrt
gigglygirl: rscowtown & alwaysinmyroom
quaggy: Abbeeroad & calliemae
alwaysinmyroom: gigglygirl & Abbeeroad
P_E_S_T: Renstar & seeuudee
Abbeeroad: alwaysinmyroom & quaggy
Acadian Driftwood: PerfectlyBohemian & SonjaBoo
calliemae: craftylittlemonkey & quaggy
CraftyMamaBee: redpopsicles & cmarion3
PerfectlyBohemian: Acadian Driftwood & cmarion3
fatewineroses: loves2experiment & redpopsicles
puzzled-penguin: Renstar & wendiek
redpopsicles: fatewineroses & CraftyMamaBee
cmarion3: PerfectlyBohemian & CraftyMamaBee
SonjaBoo: Wulf & Acadian Driftwood
seeuudee: P_E_S_T & Antidigger
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37  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Wulf on: February 20, 2016 07:32:55 PM
Okay, my partner in the Dodo Swap received, so I can show the carved shelf that's taken up quite a lot of my crafting time this month.

I've posted some in-progress photos here.

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38  Carved Dodo Shelf in Completed Projects by Wulf on: February 20, 2016 07:23:17 PM

I decided I would make a carved wooden shelf for my partner ilovesnails in the Dodo Swap. The topic wasn't just the late bird itself but any other extinct creatures, and I'd originally thought of carving a prehistoric undersea scene, with trilobites, dinosaur-like fish and other extinct species. Looking around for images and ideas, I thought of the terracotta decorations designed by Alfred Waterhouse for the Museum of Natural History in London. I remembered there were some good prehistoric fish designs there, but when I got out the book I have on the museum, none of the fish were really what I was looking for. But I came across the bas-relief Waterhouse drew of a dodo, and decided that was what I had to do. It would certainly be easier than creating my own design from scratch, and it was a beautiful piece of work.

The size of the shelf was determined by a couple of 1-inch thick boards I had in my stash. They were of a very white, very even-grained wood (something like limewood), and I had scavenged them from a shipping crate. They had some nail-holes (stained with rust) and a few scars that I would have to work around, but there was just enough wood to glue up to make a shelf back about 18 in. (45 cm) wide, and a narrow trim around the shelf, which could be made of plywood.

I printed out Waterhouse's drawing at the size I needed, and traced the outline of the bird and the frame onto the board. Then I used an electric router to take away half the thickness everywhere except the bird and the outer moulding. This would save a lot of time in carving down the background to make the bird stand out.

Unfortunately I was being so careful not to slip and cut into the wood I intended to save, that I didn't notice that the depth of the router started to slip and it was suddenly going much too deep. Angry I had to go back and cut another piece of the wood (fortunately there were two small scraps left!) and carefully fit it in to replace the spoiled background area. Then, with the full drawing traced onto the two levels of wood, I could start carving.

I started by roughing out the dodo, which went quite quickly (whatever this wood is, it was lovely to carve). Then I began the much slower job of roughing in the background foliage.

The first step was to cut back all the depth behind and between the reeds. This was hard to do, because it was quite deep and the spaces were small. I used an X-Acto knife and my smallest carving gouges (even the micro chisels I usually only use for carving rubber stamps!) and worked away at it until I had it all at least crudely done. It would be easier to clean it up once the surrounding leaves had been carved back further.

From here on it was just a matter of painstakingly working my way up and down across the background, carving each leaf and stem so it was no longer parallel to the surface plane (this is the simplest trick to make bas relief look good - no flat planes) and to make them overlap each other in a way that gave the illusion of depth. Of course I only had about 3/8 in. (5 mm) of actual depth to work with, so it was a slow process to make sure I didn't carve a leaf too deep here when it would have to pass behind another one a little further up. I made a few blunders, of course, but I was able to correct them as I went along.

The nail holes turned out to be a constant nuisance, even though I thought I'd planned around them, and they kept popping up unexpectedly. Some I just couldn't carve out, and I had to use wood filler in them, which unfortunately does show on the finished surface if you look closely enough. Angry

Somewhere about this point the deadline to send our swap packages came and went, and I was still working. Yikes!

Finally I had it all shaped and could go back and and clean up the lowest areas that I hadn't been able to reach before. A magnifying glass was useful to catch spots where I'd missed something or where there were rough patches that needed to be smoothed over. But the dodo itself was still just roughed-in, so it had to be given a final shaping and the feathers (oh, so many feathers!) carved. A final check and a fine sanding (at least of the surfaces I could reach with sandpaper) and it was ready to attach to the shelf, which I'd already put together. Early on I'd imagined carving a frieze of ammonites (because of my partner's love of snails) around the edge, but in the end I settled on a very simple routed border instead. Much more sensible.

I used SamaN water-based stain, which took to the wood very well. I'd actually wanted a much more olive-green stain, but of course when I ran out to buy it, the local store didn't have it in stock and I had to settle for a kind of raw umber colour. But in the end I was quite happy with it, and though I intended to put on two coats of stain, it looked good with only one so I stopped there. A coat of semi-gloss water-based urethane sealed it after the stain was thoroughly dry.

While the project seemed to take forever to finish, and I ended up sending about a week and a half late Embarrassed, I enjoyed every minute of carving this. It was exactly the right combination of challenging and repetitive, and I was rather sad when I finished carving the last leaf. (Okay, I'll admit I didn't enjoy doing the feathers on the dodo much at all - that was more annoying than challenging.) It's finally made me eager to finish up a carved toilet seat that I started about two years ago!

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39  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Wulf on: February 19, 2016 07:35:44 PM
That's a great haircut, Acadian, and the neck wrap is perfect to show it off!

I'm finally able to get back to some crafting for myself. (I have two swap items about to be delivered, so I'll be able to include those in my February list soon.) We had to replace our old dish drying rack recently, and the new one is too small and doesn't hold glassware well. My partner's been just setting glasses on the counter beside the rack to dry instead, but of course the water pools around them and they stay wet. So I've been wanting to find time to make a little drying mat.

Today these dish mats are mostly made of microfibre, which makes sense because it dries so quickly, but I happened to have this long strip of waffle-weave cotton, and it folded up to fit perfectly, so I used it. At the worst, I'll have to hang it to dry sometimes, but the humidity is so low in the winter I think it'll work fine. Only after I was finished did I realize the gingham binding tape I found in my stash wasn't cut fully on the bias, so it just looks like I was drunk when I sewed it on. Grin

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40  Re: One Tiny Winter Thing 2016 swap - send outs Feb 14 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 19, 2016 05:49:37 PM
I received a wonderful little winter shrine from cmarion3 today!

It shows this beautiful round house in Finland.

She added a natural hot spring (complete with a wisp of wooly steam!) and Northern Lights in the sky, made of delicately coloured lace.

Even the outside of the tiny shrine is beautiful, with texture, glitter and dimensional snowflakes. This will be a great thing to look at in the Summer, imagining myself in the hot spring, looking up at the brilliant sky overhead.

Thanks so much for this! It's perfect and beautiful, and I love it!

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