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71  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 02, 2015 06:04:38 PM
I love the immediacy of the "Positive Thoughts" flag. You only have to catch sight of it out of the corner of your eye, Susan, and those grouchy urges will flee! Sonjaboo, isn't it great that we all used flowers? I wasn't consciously thinking of you under all that snow, but it must've been at the back of my mind!

And rscowtown, it was very clever of you to hang top bit of text off your "Jesus" flag. It's otherwise so simple, and that little thing makes you look at it more carefully.

Lucky me, I received TWO flags today, from alwaysinmyroom and jenleahlynn.

Jenleahlynn did "Boundless" for me, and I love the cleanness of the silhouetted figure against the delicately coloured background. If you look closely, you'll see that there are mountains sketched in with very fine embroidery.

And for this one I have to show the back, because it has this hidden mandala on it. Is it dyed, painted, stamped? I can't tell, but the colours are beautifully subtle.

This is from alwaysinmyroom, and she used fabric printed by our own sheepblue! The sun absolutely glows in the middle, and the few lines of stitching stitching accent the trees perfectly. You can't really see in the photo, but those beautiful, big, rectangular beads are a deep red-amber.

Thank you both so much - I love both of these. They're so different, and yet both so perfect!

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72  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 27, 2015 06:36:29 PM
Artsycandice, you have the BEST fabrics! I would never have imagined such a bold print could be meditative, but it is!

Finally, I can stop envying everyone else's wonderful stuff here (and it is an AMAZING Gallery!) because I've received my first flag! Cheesy

cmarion3 used her new machine-of-a-thousand-stitches to create this "silence" flag. I had to include the tiny card she attached because it's so nice. Inside, it says "Sh-h-h-h... quiet...silence... it's silent in the woods."  Cheesy

She's stitched the lettering onto organza ribbon in matching thread, so it's almost invisible. One ribbon says "quiet", one "silence" and the third "sh-h-h-h"! And of course, a little scattering of those green seed beads that are the trademark of this set of flags.

I won't show the back because I'm sure it'sa faux pas to show the reverse side of someone else's embroidery and anyway the photo doesn't do it justice, but I love it nearly as much as the front. You get to see the gorgeous dupioni silk that's almost entirely hidden on the front, and the leaf pattern stitching shows so well. There are also a few lines of self-colour leaf stitching that don't show on the front at all, so it's like she did them just for the back. Wink

Thanks so much for this - I can hardly wait to get more!

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73  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 23, 2015 06:52:23 PM
I can't believe it, but I even got my own flag done by the send-out date. I thought I was going to have to claim it was "delayed in the mail". Wink

My word was "life". I got the idea of a classic anatomical diagram of the circulatory system done in redwork embroidery. Eventually I decided that the nervous system looked more interesting.

For some reason the overall photo makes it look like the fabric is very loosely woven, but actually it's quite a fine cotton. (A scrap of antique bed sheet, I think.) It was a bit slow to work, but I find this kind of almost free-form embroidery quite relaxing. You don't have to be too stressed about making a mistake!

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74  Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - January 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 13, 2015 07:42:24 PM
The worlds smallest giant squid! It would be awesome even without the microscopic sailor, but that just puts it over the top.

I received my own piece of wonderfulness from La Chapa today. I can't quite believe how great it is:

This is the most handsome hare I think I've ever seen. I don't remember if I actually mentioned rabbits or hares on my questionnaire, but they really are one of my favourite animals.

Look at his whiskers! I don't know if he's a fabric print or specially done for just for this, but the texture is great.

You can't see in the photo very well, but he has some great embellishments:

The other thing you can't tell from the photo is how wonderfully squeezable he is, or what great batik fabric makes up the background. (La Chapa sent me an extra piece of it, too.)

Thanks so much for this beauty!

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75  Re: Curiosity Cabinet Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 09, 2015 06:52:56 PM
Like everyone else, I love the wire bird, especially his beak. I like the fact that it could be a pebble that just happens to be the right shape!

After several agonizing days of delay, I finally opened my package from Ludi. (I'd been making myself wait until I'd sent to her, which I did today.) To say it was worth the wait is perhaps the greatest understatement I've ever made...

This is the small item, the most beautiful fossil I've ever seen, embroidered or otherwise. What Ludi doesn't know is that when I was a boy, paleontology was one of my obsessions (along with entomology), and trilobites were my favourite prehistoric creatures.

 It's very small - you can hold it in the palm of your hand. Look at the detail of the stitching - even the tiny flecks in the stone!

But as amazing as that is, it's only an appetizer for the main course, this wonderously sinister plant specimen.

I think I'd said something about eyes and tentacles on my questionnaire, but eyes on tentacles is more than I ever dreamed of!

It's not very big either (I requested small curiosities) but it's still so richly detailed. Look at the perfect rootlets on its plump little tap root! And I'm thrilled to own an example of that Ludi satin-stitch that I love so much.

Thank you so much for these two lovelies, Ludi! I know I'll still be marveling at them for years to come.

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76  Re: Imbolc Garden Dreams Gallery- WWP Swap 55 (sendout Jan. 24) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 02, 2015 02:47:27 PM
Hooray! As I hoped, my package from emilywilde arrived today, just in time for Imbolc.

She sent some great stuff, too:

First, this beautiful wet-felted bird feeder. I've never had one of these before, so I'm not sure how it'll work. Should I put some sort of dish inside to help it keep its shape? Any suggestions will be appreciated. I love the Portland, Oregon chicken button, too!

And then, because I'd complained that my house is too dark to grow much indoors, she sent this little felted houseplant. It really does look like a live plant, perhaps a succulent of some sort. I love it!

Next, these three little garden gnomes/pixies/elves. They're going to be perfectly at home, poking out from among the herbs.

And for the herbs, five plant markers with polymer tops.

The plant names are stamped into metal foil. And they're all herbs I grow, so they're perfect.

And if that wasn't enough, there are extras! A lunar votive candle holder (which might get used to hold something else in the garden - maybe a witch ball) and two useful booklets. I have a couple others in this series, so these are great to have.

Thanks so much for all this, Emily, and thanks everyone for participating. It's been great to see these reminders of growing things as the snow piles up and the temperature drops.

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77  Imbolc Garden Dreams Gallery- WWP Swap 55 (sendout Jan. 24) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: January 17, 2015 08:32:23 AM

2010_1218_Garden_03 by Peter Collins

Imbolc Garden Dreams - WWP Swap Number 55


monnie31 ↔ Ludi
emilywilde → Wulf → holistic knitter → emilywilde

Swap Status:
Still CraftingSent       Partner Received   Feedback Posted
holistic knitter

  Post your Winter Garden Dreams here!  
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78  Imbolc Garden Dreams - WWP Swap 55 (Signup thru Jan. 2; sendout Jan. 24)) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: December 26, 2014 05:13:37 PM

2010_1218_Garden_03 by Peter Collins

Imbolc Garden Dreams - WWP Swap Number 55

Swap name: Imbolc Garden Dreams
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up date range: 12/25/2014 - 01/02/2015
Date to send item by: 01/24/2015

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 herself 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: 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 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

A magical gardening and herb swap in the depths of Winter? Why not? This is where our gardens begin: under the snow, in the seeds that lie sleeping til the warm sun calls them to life; in the seed catalogues that have already begun arriving in the mail; in the plans and sketches we've started making for the perfect garden we'll have this Summer; in the intentions we set now, like seeds planted in the rich soil of our imaginations. This is when gardens begin - Imbolc is a festival of birth and new beginnings, when the sun begins its climb back toward the midsummer sky. In many parts of North America and Europe, it's already time to start seedlings indoors for planting after Beltane. So it's the perfect time for a gardening swap - if we wait til Spring it's too late!

As in the Summer and Autumn, we can swap seeds, dried herbs, tinctures and preserves from last year's garden. To help our partners plan their gardens, there are gardening tips, plans, drawings, charts and calendars. In anticipation of the harvest to come, we can share recipes, spells and herb lore. And to brighten up the stark midwinter, we can craft garden signs, plant markers, gnomes and fairies, birdhouses and everything else that will go into the garden once the snow has gone. Plus, of course, there are lots of great extras that can be added, such as seed packets, catalogues, books, magazines, stickers, etc.

To join this swap, PM this questionnaire to the organizer, Wulf:

Name of swap:Imbolc Garden Dreams
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?

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 in art (depictions of the God and Goddess, etc.)?

Are you planning a garden for this summer? If so, describe for your partner the garden you hope to have. Are you new to this, or an experienced gardener? If you aren't planning a garden for this year, how do you hope this swap will help build the garden of your dreams?

If you already know what herbs, vegetables or flowers you plan to have in your garden, list as many as possible for your partner.

Will your garden be for one primary purpose (medicinal herbs, magical herbs, flowers, vegetables, etc.) or will it be eclectic?

List a few of your favourite plants/herbs/flowers.

Will your garden have to be save for children (ie no poisonous plants)?

Are there any particular extras that you'd like to have?
Is there anything you do NOT want?

Do you have favorite colors, stones, etc?
Would you be willing to learn about and craft for someone else's traditions that may be different from your own?
Is there anything you wouldn't be willing to craft for because of your beliefs?
Do you have any allergies or aversions to anything? Are you okay with leather, feathers and other non-vegan materials?
What allergens are in your environment?

Is there anything else you want your partner to know about your garden plans?

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

Garden dreamers:

Wulf (Canada)
monnie31 (Canada)
Ludi (USA)
emilywilde (USA)
holistic knitter (Wales)


monnie31 ↔ Ludi
emilywilde → Wulf → holistic knitter → emilywilde

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79  Re: Warm Wishes for Yule 54 card and BOS swap in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: December 17, 2014 06:28:01 PM
My package from holistic knitter came today. Not quite jet-propelled like mine was to Wales, but still pretty good for international mail. Probably helped by the added volume of mail at Christmas.

Anyway, she made me three BOS pages on Yule-related plants: holly, mistletoe and ivy. There was also a very cheerful card, and a lovely little wood slice ornament, with a pentagram on one side and "YULE" on the other.

Thanks for this, Lynda. I haven't even had a chance to read through the pages yet, but it looks like great stuff, and I like your drawings!

Merry Yule, everyone!

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80  Re: Dotee Doll Any Holiday Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: December 02, 2014 06:17:12 PM
I love the Ghost of Christmas - very Dickensian!

I just received the MOST WONDERFUL dotee from hazelly. I'd ranted a bit in my questionnaire about wanting something other than the current store-decoration Christmas figures, and she was kind enough to mollify me with this tiny, beautiful Holly King.

Many modern Pagans celebrate Yule with the story of the defeat of the Oak King by the Holly King, who rules through the Winter and Spring until he faces his rival again at the Summer Solstice.

Just look at his beautiful little face, and the red seed bead berries!

I had to take another photo of the holly leaves and lovely red and gold glass bead at the tail, so you can see how tiny it is. This is ridiculously small crocheting!

Thanks, Susan, for this perfect little figure - I couldn't imagine a better start to my dotee collection! (And congratulations for staying well under the size limit - I'm afraid I was less successful at that part. Embarrassed)

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