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61  Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap - Round 4 (Send out by May 26, 2015) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 04, 2015 06:32:47 PM
Here is another shot of the page I sent to CraftyMamaBee, and a close-up of one of the bumblebees:

The embroidery is just satin stitch, but the wings are done with shimmery organza ribbon. The hardest part was the fact that the soft, textured surface of the floral fabric absolutely refused to have a design transferred onto it by any means. In the end I had to free-hand sketch the bees on with watercolour and a very fine brush. Even then it was hard to keep the image from disappearing as I worked!


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62  Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap - Round 4 (Send out by May 22, 2015) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 29, 2015 05:22:40 PM
I appreciate the Dr Who pages more! Because I watch the earlier 1965 movie last night & it was good!

Was that the one with Christopher Lee as The Doctor? I remember him, but I don't remember anything else about the movie!

I received another tree-themed page too, this one from CraftyMamaBee:

The trunk of the palm tree is made of real palm fibre that she picked up in her own neighbourhood! I love that the idea of "tree" is so local. I grew up in northern British Columbia, where trees were pines, spruce and fir. Where I live now is Carolinian forest, so my idea of "tree" has expanded to include oak, maple, beech, ash and other classic storybook trees. But in San Diego, where CMB lives, the local trees are palms, which are so totally different and yet still trees.

Thanks so much for this!

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63  Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap - Round 4 (Send out by May 22, 2015) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 22, 2015 04:13:36 PM
Wow, I love that dress-up Troll. What an utterly brilliant idea!

I just received TWO fabric art journal pages from pioneer9. Now, I know we were only supposed to send one page to each partner, but there's an explanation (of course).

You see, she embroidered the tree (r) to put on the twig background fabric (l), but when they were put together, they just didn't go. So there was nothing else for it but to make another background for the tree and another patch for the twig fabric. What's a crafter to do? Cheesy

I'm so glad this happened, because I got two great pages and I love them both. The embroidered tree is beautiful and that quote is perfect - I've always thought it was someone like John Muir or Thoreau, so I was surprised to look it up just now and find it was Picasso who said it! And the twig fabric is really terrific - I'm lucky I haven't found it for sale here, or I would buy the whole bolt.

Oh, and I also got a lovely card with a photo of the immortal Walt Whitman. Extra thanks for that!

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64  Re: Beltane Merrymaking Gallery - WWP Swap 56 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 23, 2015 08:12:12 PM
I get to post first in the Gallery! This is especially a surprise, because Edel's package had to come all the way from Ireland, but she sent a few days early and there often seems to be some sort of postal wormhole between here and there. I wish all of Europe was that quick to receive mail from.

So, Edel being fabulous and apparently on a creative roll right now, she sent a huge package of stuff.

The first thing I found when I opened it was this great little "dot painting" of Beltaine sunshine. I love the colours, and it's just what I need on a grey, cold day like today.

Then, when she asked what I might want, I suggested a t-shirt, knowing what great fabric printing Edel does. Well, she kind of got carried away and did three shirts for me!

And they're not silkscreened or printed, they're hand-painted! I love all three of the designs, and the colours are exactly the ones I wear most often.

But then there were extras as well, which are nearly as great:

From a previous swap, Edel knew I like vintage embroidery, and she somewhere found this quite extraordinary tea cloth. It's cross-stitched onto cotton batiste that is so fine it's quite transparent! There are a dozen of these dragons altogether - four on the corners, one on each side, and four more in a square in the centre. It will make a great altar cloth, I think.

But then she also included two bars of chocolate (dark and really, really dark!), two beautiful postcards of the stunning local scenery, and even a deck of cards with quotes from Irish authors! It came with two pages of hand-written instructions for playing Rummy la Edel and Mollie.

This is wonderful stuff, and I love it all! (I'd wear one of the t-shirts tomorrow, but it's so cold I'd need to have two more layers of clothing on top, and nobody would be able to see it.) Thanks so much for everything Edel! Kiss

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65  Beltane Merrymaking Gallery - WWP Swap 56 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 13, 2015 07:24:03 PM

Beltane Merrymaking - WWP SWAP 56

     Partners in this swap were:

     cutelittledevil ↔ holistic knitter
     Wulf ↔ edelC
     monnie31 ↔ frosty772
     LA-fairy ↔ Ludi
     myloveasdeep ↔ spazgirl1981
     Mamaneedles ↔ whileitsraining

Swap Status:
Still Crafting       Sent       Partner Received   Feedback Posted
holistic knitter
Monnie31Unable to complete swap.

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66  Re: Monthly Dotee Swap - MARCH Celestial in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 09, 2015 06:05:35 PM
I received from crazyda79 yesterday! One of the themes on my list was "animal astronauts"...

... so she made me "Hector", the first French rat sent into space, in 1961.

Look at his little ratty head! (The helmet, incidentally, is a brilliantly re-purposed vending machine capsule.)

I'm so glad you chose this theme - I was secretly hoping that would be the one my partner would pick! And it was so clever of you to pass over the more famous dogs and monkeys and pick one that could be made more-or-less life-size. Hector is very cute, and I like him a lot!

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67  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 07, 2015 06:52:56 PM
We're ending this Gallery with a last splash of amazing prayer flags! And I can add one more, because my flag from P_E_S_T finally arrived, after months of postal mayhem.

My word was "forest", and her interpretation of it (and the bonus word "roots") produced this rich, textured flag that I absolutely love! There's so much wonderfulness going on here, I hardly know what to highlight.

The word "forest" is spelled out in gold thread, couched in rust red. The beautifully-dyed silk (which my photos don't do justice to) is deeply stitched and embellished with little clusters of seed beads tucked among the roots.

And I love both this tree-printed tape and the free-motion stitching around it. The stitched stars with their sprays of pearl beads are like tiny explosions!

Thanks so much for this, P_E_S_T! I love it, and it was so worth the wait.

I'll get a photo of all six of my flags as soon as I can get to it in the daylight.

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68  Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - February 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 24, 2015 05:32:26 PM
Yay! My package has finally arrived from Alittlemusthave! Oddly, my package to her took only a couple of weeks, which is pretty good to Australia, and hers took something like six to come to Canada. But it was so worth it! Look at this sweet, ruddy-cheeked beet boy:

I'd put "root vegetables" on my list, but what I was really imagining was a beet, and here it is! And like some people might geek out to see the correct uniform insignia on a Star Trek character dotee, I'm thrilled that she got the leaves so perfect! The shape, the little red veins, the colours - all so botanically right! Cheesy

Thanks so much for this lil' fella. I think hope he may be the start of a whole garden of little friends. Wink

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69  Beltane Merrymaking - WWP Swap 56 ( New Send out date April 27) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: March 22, 2015 07:14:14 PM

Beltane Merrymaking - WWP SWAP 56


Oh, do not tell the priest our plight, or he would call it a sin,
But we've been out in the woods all night, a-conjuring summer in,
And we bring you good news by word of mouth, good news for cattle
      and corn
Now is the sun come up from the south, by Oak, and Ash, and

Rudyard Kipling

Swap name: Beltane Merrymaking WWP Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up date range: 03/23/2015 - 04/01/2015
Date to send bone by: 04/27/2015 (changed)

Limited to a certain number of people? NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
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 unicorn zombie apocalypse 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 mailing within his/her country, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this sap: YES
- If outside the his/her country, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Beltane is the Celtic name for the ancient celebration held across Europe and America on the First of May, the day that falls half-way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. Like October 31, its opposite on the Wheel of the Year, this night was held to be a time when the separation was at its thinnest between our world and the Other World of fairies, spirits and the dead.

Traditionally in Britain and western Europe, young people took to the woods as night fell on April 31st, and celebrated with games, dancing, drinking and a degree of sexual freedom usually not allowed the rest of the year. They danced out again as the sun rose into the sky on May 1st, exhausted, ecstatic, and often, considerably more experienced. Flowers and branches of tree blossoms such as hawthorn were gathered and used to decorate homes and create the familiar May Pole for circle dances. Even after the Church had succeeded in damping down the more openly sexual aspects of the revels, May Day or Midsummer's Day continued to be celebrated throughout Britain and Europe with May poles, traditional dancing, masquerading, and odd rituals. May Day revels were even carried to the New World, in spite of the Puritans' attempts to stamp out such "heathenism."

Let's craft some merriment of our own for this year's Beltane revels!  What do you need to shake off the lethargy of the long winter we've all come through? How do you share your joy that Summer is finally on its way? This is a time for flower garlands, bright costumes and masks, music and dancing, celebratory food and drink, and everything that makes a wild party!

Come and join our Midsummer Madness! To participate in the swap, complete this questionnaire and send it by PM to the swap, Wulf.

Name of swap:Beltane Merrymaking WWP Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Are you able and willing to post photos of the package you receive?
Do you understand that you must obtain a tracking number for your package if mailing within your country, or retain the mailing receipt if sending internationally?

How do you describe your current religion/spirituality/tradition/magical practice?
Do you consider yourself a newcomer or have you been on this path for a long time?
Are you out of the broom closet (do your friends/family know you are Wiccan/Pagan/whatever)?
Are there any gods, deities, spirits, saints etc. that are especially important to you?
Are you okay with tasteful nudity?
Do you have a Facebook page, Pinterest or other information to share with your partner?
Will you be doing anything to celebrate Beltane this year? Will you attend a festival or gathering?
Is there anything you would especially like to receive?
Is there anything you do NOT want?
Is there anything you wouldn't be willing to craft for because of your beliefs?
What kinds of crafts do you do?
Do you have any allergies or aversions to anything? Are you okay with non-vegan materials like leather, feathers, etc.?
What allergens are in your environment?
Anything else you want to add?

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

Links to some previous Beltane WWP Swaps:

Midsummer swappers:

holistic knitter

cutelittledevil ↔ holistic knitter
Wulf ↔ edelC
monnie31 ↔ frosty772
LA-fairy ↔ Ludi
myloveasdeep ↔ spazgirl1981
Mamaneedles ↔ whileitsraining
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70  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 05, 2015 06:13:50 PM
Welcome home, P_E_S_T! And what a treat to have flags waiting for you.

I'd be very envious of alwaysinmyroom and jenleahlynn, except that I received an equally stunning flag from SonjaBoo today too. It's amazing to see these three together and realize how different they are!

My photo doesn't really do it justice, as it was hard to keep it from getting washed out, but the word was "solitude" and Erika said she wanted to use a map to show "solitude in the midst of so many places". I love that the map of Canada is an old one, showing city and geographic names that changed decades ago!

SonjaBoo must have an amazing stock of vintage floral trims, because in addition to the great vintage buttons framing the Thoreau quote, she used this row of wonderful gauze flowers.

And as great as the flag is, it's almost eclipsed by the amazing tag that accompanied it! I wish a photo could show the texture and sparkle this has in real life.

Thanks so much for this - it's inspiring to see someone else's idea of "solitude" being so different from mine.

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