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41  Re: Typography Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 09, 2016 06:33:03 PM
I received my package from EdelC. The Ireland-to-Canada mail wasn't quite as blisteringly fast as it's sometimes been, but it was still faster than my package to dfabbric in Alberta!

I had shown Edel an image of the sort of thing I hoped for, because I love her hand-printed fabrics, and she completely out-did the original:

I can't believe how many individual stamps Edel had to carve to make this fat quarter!

I love this colour combination! But the colours she used for this are even better:

You would expect that the other side of this zipper pouch would be made of the black print, and it is, but with a difference:

I can hardly wait to find something to put in it! (Besides the bar of white chocolate that Edel included!) Wink Thanks so much for this, Edel. It was obviously a lot of work, but I think it was so worth it.

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42  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Wulf on: February 08, 2016 06:57:08 PM
Lots of great stuff! I especially like onesies and the sunshine-y coasters. Cheesy

I haven't been able to log a thing every day, partly because I'm way behind on the thing I'm making for the Dodo Swap, and that's taking up all my free time. But I have done a couple of things:

These are practice buttonholes. I've got a pair of spats nearly finished, but they still need buttonholes. I thought I ought to practice a bit before I tackled them, and I'm glad I did. This is the second set - the first ones were awful, and these could still be a lot better. I think I better do a few more before I risk ruining the real thing!

The lid of our honey pot got broken the other day, and it seemed easier to make a replacement lid than go looking for another suitable pot. I went in to work an hour early this morning and turned this on the wood lathe. It'll do for now, but I can't say I'm really happy with it. It's slightly too large to fit properly, and the maple I made it out of is a lot warmer in colour than the pottery it goes onto. I should have stained it slightly before sealing it. I did do it in a hurry, so I think we'll call this a trial piece and I'll use what I learned there to make another one. And I have another honey pot missing a lid, so I'm going to make a second one tomorrow morning. Maybe it'll turn out better on the first try! Wink

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43  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by Wulf on: February 02, 2016 06:48:26 PM
I wanted a moon rubber stamp to mark the last full moon in my journal, so I carved this one. The image is from an old wood-cut. I ended up not using it, so I'll save it for the next full moon.

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44  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by Wulf on: February 02, 2016 06:43:53 PM
I just realized that I updated my list but forgot to post a picture of the dotee I made for artsycandice in the last Dotee Swap.

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45  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Wulf on: February 02, 2016 06:14:30 PM

I made this ATC to try out a background technique from Bernie Berlin's book Artist Trading Card Workshop. She suggests sloppily pasting down random scraps and bits of paper, then sprinkling on various embossing powders while the glue is still wet. It gives a very rich, textured surface, which the photo doesn't really show well.

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46  Re: Dodo Swap - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 02, 2016 06:04:27 PM
I received my package from ilovesnails last week, but I'd forbidden myself to open it until her package was in the mail. Well, that's going to take longer than I'd hoped, so I had to give in and take a peek. Wow!

I listed trilobites among my favourites, and she cross-stitched this beautifully clear pair of them on a hoopla.

Look at the crispness and detail! Cross stitch is one of those that I've never been any good at, so I'm always impressed at this kind of work.

But that's not all. What was that background fabric?

THREE cushion covers in paleontology print cotton! Cheesy

And finally, this wonderful little prehistoric creature amigurumi. I love his beady little eyes! I simply could not take a photo that shows him properly. Did you take one before you sent that is better? Crochet is another craft that I don't do, so I'm especially delighted with it.

Thanks so much for such a great package! I'm glad I didn't wait any longer to open it, and it gives me even more incentive to get yours finished ASAP!

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47  Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - December 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: January 22, 2016 06:07:21 PM
The whole gallery is amazing, but artsycandice's long-delayed dotee finally arrived today, and I'm afraid this might be the best of the lot. It's certainly my favourite dotee in a long while!

The photo doesn't show it properly, but the body fabric (linen?) is beautifully mottled. Is the spotted fabric on his belly hand-printed, by any chance? It's quite beautiful all by itself!

 He even has a shaggy mane of hair:

I love how the scratch marks on the skull suggest it was carved out of something like bone or stone:

And the way Candice has sewn the wings and tail is amazing:

I don't think I've ever seen anything like this before. It's a beautiful technique, and so precisely done! The contrasting stitching is brilliant.

Thanks so much for this extraordinary bird spirit, Candice. It was so worth the wait!

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48  Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - November 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: December 07, 2015 04:28:13 PM
This month's dotees are amazingly varied and beautiful. A felt deer, a polymer jellyfish, a green bone creature in a hawk-capped lightbulb, an owl that is not what it seems... nobody could ever guess what these dotees have in common!

I received a wonderful one of my own from cmarion3 today. Photos shortly.

Meet Old Man Forest:

I'd said that I liked earthy colours, and it's pretty obvious from both Pinterest and Craftster that I like trees. But I was still surprised at the amazingly creative tree spirit that I received! His beard is like tree lichen or Spanish moss, and he has gently glowing red eyes. A lot of the detail gets lost in this photo, but there are tiny beads, leaf bangles, toadstools and woodgrain patterns all over him. Thank you so much, Carol! My camera just couldn't get his colour right - do you have a better photo to post?

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49  Re: MDS - October Literary Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: November 12, 2015 06:09:03 PM
I was rather mean to poor blupaisan in my list of literary suggestions - most of them were the sort of thing that you couldn't possibly extract a dotee idea from. But I did include a few easy marks to be helpful. So imagine my surprise when I opened the enormous and sturdily-padded package the arrived today to find that she had, in fact, taken me up on the challenge of one of my less-obvious works of literature, the novels of Madeleine l'Engel!

Behold! This extraordinary fellow is Progniskes, from "A Wind in the Door". For those who haven't read the book, he's a cherubim (a "solitary cherubim", if I remember right), who l'Engel describes as being a constantly-moving mass of feathers and eyes.

The wonderful thing here is that blupaisan asked for "no real feathers" in her dotee, and yet she's made mine almost entirely of feathers. That's crafting beyond the call of duty! Wink

He's wonderful and very magical! I'll have to find a suitable place for him to hover.

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50  Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - September 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: October 13, 2015 07:42:25 PM
I received this lovely Winged Isis dotee from whatthepuck on Thursday, but was away for the long weekend and wasn't able to post it. She's very sweet.

Thanks so much!

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