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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9 Gallery on: July 29, 2017 05:46:58 PM
I'm so glad you have a use for those lavender sequins, Shari. They've been in my stash since forever! Cheesy

A local fabric store had a whole range of maple-leaf themed quilting cotton on sale after Canada Day this year, so I had to buy a bit of one of them to include in both your kits.

22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) on: July 27, 2017 04:57:44 PM
What a great idea for a swap! I think the timing won't work for my schedule, but I'll give it a good look before I give up on it. Maybe it'll be possible.

23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9 Gallery on: July 26, 2017 06:36:45 PM
I didn't even know that interactive patches were a thing! I love the tiny gnome door.  Cheesy

I received my first package of patches today, from curiousfae. For one of them, she chose my "insects" theme, which I'm always glad when someone does because I'm getting a little collection of them.

What kind of insect is it exactly? I don't know either, perhaps a butterbeetle or a beetlefly. But it's a beauty either way!

The other patch illustrated the "Four Elements" theme perfectly:

I especially love the subtle curlicues in the background fabric. Just perfect!

And we'd agreed to swap a few supplies too:

Each of the squares has a different fabric sewn onto the back. Half done already! Grin The city transit signs is my favourite, though they're all great. And there is a sweet little handful of charms and buttons, and a skein of good-quality floss.

And I can't overlook the card:

It's got a great 1970s vibe!

Thanks so much for these - they're a great addition to my patch collection.

24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9 Gallery on: July 26, 2017 12:51:00 AM
I'm glad you liked "Sunshine", Kelli. It was only as I was packing it up to mail, that I realized your list actually said "Summertime". Oops! Cheesy

On the Tarot card, the fabric for the hand and pentacle were ironed on, the background of the landscape was lightly coloured in with Gelato crayons, and the details were traced onto soluble stabilizer which I embroidered over. This time I was smart and didn't cut my fabric to size until after the embroidery, so I could put it into a proper hoop. So much easier than trying to stitch on a handful of loose fabric like I usually end up having to do; must remember!

25  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9: SU- CLOSED; SO- July 31, 2017 on: July 20, 2017 05:22:47 PM
I've been shamefully AWOL for a few weeks, but I've been beavering away on my patches. It helped that I'd marked the wrong send-out date on my calendar and thought they were due yesterday! Cheesy I think all of them are pretty good, but as usual the one I spent the least amount of time on is the one I like the best. I hope you like it too, Curiousfae, because I realized after I'd put it in the mail that I somehow mis-remembered what you'd listed on your questionnaire, and didn't get it quite right. It's close, though.  Wink

26  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: More Zombie Dentition Specimens! A Trio of Terror! [a hoard of pics] on: June 23, 2017 03:22:23 PM
Brilliant! The bird leg is a nice touch.

27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mermaid Garden on: June 23, 2017 03:02:44 PM
Thanks for including the high-angle photo to show how the waves work. I was wondering about that. It gives a great 3-D effect to the whole thing.

28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round SO - 6/10 on: June 20, 2017 06:57:35 PM
Wow, what great flags in here! I love the little red upholstery fabric flowers, and those radiating stitch flags are so great! No wonder you love that silk thread - it just glows. And using Inktense pencils on fabric? Shocked I had no idea! Must try that immediately - I love them on paper. Such intense colours.

So I received my flag from cmarion3 last week, and somehow kept being blocked from posting it. What a terrific trio of tattered tatting she made for us all! Cheesy

I love the spiraling of the narrow lace in all of these. It's especially perfect for my phrase, "Go Within".

Carol mentioned in her card that she had a 35 litre bin of vintage lace, and I thought "Wow, that's a LOT!" Then I realized I actually have two 15 litre bins, so I guess I can't make comments. Embarrassed

So then yesterday, I got my second flag, this symphony in green from Averia:

I love crazy quilting, and these green pieces and the stitching connecting them are so perfect. You almost can't see it in this photo, but there's a copper wire tree floating in the middle of the flag. Thanks so much for this!

And then my own flag. Like a lot of people, I had trouble coming up with an idea, but I finally got it worked out on Thursday evening, but I didn't have time to start it. I had to go to Ottawa for work over the weekend, so it didn't get worked on at all. But what I made when I got back has absolutely no relation to what I had originally intended - an entirely new idea took over and I did the whole thing in about two hours. I was quite surprised when I stepped back and looked at it!

While I was in Ottawa I had time to go the Canadian History Museum, where there is an amazing painting on the domed ceiling of one of the galleries, "Morning Star" by Alex Janvier. When I saw it, I thought "That's what I want my prayer flag to be!" So when I got home I started gathering up bits and scraps of fabrics, ironed Wonder Under onto them, and pieced them together. As I was working, I kept trying to think of what inspiring word I would add, but in the end I decided it just didn't need one. The image is inspiration enough. And tomorrow is the Summer Solstice, so it was meant to be.

29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 on: June 10, 2017 06:36:32 PM
That's a great journal, Sharalee! I love how everyone creates a junk journal in basically the same way, but the results are so different! The way your stained pages came out is great - I usually try to make them all even, but I like your "messy" look too.

30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round SO - 6/10 on: June 09, 2017 10:29:34 AM
One is done (and pretty fabulous) but the other is still in progress (because I was over-confident). Probably won't send til Sunday. And I admit my own flag is going to be late. I'm always a lousy swap partner for myself! Grin

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