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41  Re: Within An Envelope (44-cent swap-International Edition) Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by teachart on: July 26, 2011 08:25:08 AM
Awesome stuff! I love seeing what people put in their envelopes!

I received yesterday from kartiana!

I love that measuring tape ribbon- I wanted to buy some after seeing it in some projects posted on Craftster, and now I don't need to Smiley

My favorite! Some sweet handmade cards:

Thank you so much kartiana! I hope you like your envi!
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42  Monarch Stumpwork in Needlework: Completed Projects by teachart on: July 10, 2011 11:48:41 AM
Hi all! I've been a very busy crafter this summer! My latest completed project is this piece of stumpwork embroidery. I picked the subject matter mainly as a technique assignment for myself, this is only my second completed stumpwork piece (my other being this monstrosity.)

And some closeups.

The leaves and berries are padded with a piece of felt underneath them. The berry on the bottom I completed on another piece of fabric, made a running stitch around it, cut it out and pulled the running stitch tight to make a little ball. I then attached it to the main hoop with a couple of stab stitches to add another 3D component to the piece.

And detail of the butterfly.

To make the butterfly wings, I first drew the 4 wing components separately on fabric. I stab stitched thin wire around the wings so that they would keep shape after I cut them out. After completing the filling stitch on the wings, I blanket stitched around the wire.
The body was a fun stitch. I think, it's called a broom loop stitch, but I can double check if anyone is interested. Basically you make loops on top of the fabric secured by tiny stitches, and then when you are finished filling in the area you cut the loops off to make a fluffy pile.

I love embroidery. I took a hoopla swap break because I really wanted to get better at stumpwork so that I would have some new skills to offer swap partners. Completing this project definitely increased my confidence- maybe I'll be back in the realm of hoopla swaps soon Smiley

As always, would love to hear what you guys think!

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43  Amy Debra's New Purpose in CHALLENGE 64 ENTRIES by teachart on: July 07, 2011 10:41:59 AM
My first contest entry Grin!

My sister recently graduated from cosmetology school. She had a couple of practice mannequin heads that she no longer needed, and asked me if I wanted them.

UM, hell yeah I wanted them! I bet all of you reading this would have scooped up a couple of free mannequin heads if they fell into your lap too  Cheesy!
(She was given the one with "Amy" written over the name Debra, we've been calling her "Amy Debra" around my house and the other head my toddler calls "Amy Debra 2")

So they traveled around to different rooms in my house for a while, waiting for me to put them to good use. Well, a good use other than me poking Amy Debra or Amy Debra 2 into the shower on my unsuspecting husband to give him a good creep out.

Then one day it dawned on me: Amy Debra needs to become the keeper of my dangling earrings. This contest was the motivation I needed to use this tute by member erdbeerblau that I've had bookmarked for a while, and the result is an (even creepier?) yet very functional mannequin head.

I think she's quite wonderful. Now to find a useful purpose for Amy Debra 2!

Thanks for looking!

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44  Re: fabric scrap swap in The Swap Gallery by teachart on: July 04, 2011 09:53:03 AM
I received a couple of days ago from FoxyMama, but finally am just getting a second to post pics- sorry for the delay  Undecided- that's not like me at all!

First up, some wonderful metallic/shiny fabrics- LOVE Them all! I can't wait to include some in my next sewing venture!

lovely flannel, corduroy scraps:

novelty prints- I love that little girl square in the middle! I think she'll be a super cute Teesha Moore quilted square!

And my partner must have done some stalking, she included this thoughtful extra- Beatles stickers!

Thank you so much Foxymama! I love the new selection of fabrics I have to play with!
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45  Re: flat rate box June 2011 swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by teachart on: June 29, 2011 02:35:30 PM
I received from our fearless swap leader today!!  Grin Jonnamarco must be a Tetris expert by the way she packed the box, MAN there a lot of goodies packed perfectly in there! I'll warn you, I took many pics...

First, some fabric bits and a table runner (I think) I love the color!

ephemera and paper stuff- packed nicely in a chemo bag- check out that vulgar wrapping paper! LOVE IT!!!!  Grin

fantastic old photos, buttons, rickrack

one can NEVER have enough doll heads!

ugh, you can't read it in the picture, but that little green and gold plaque says "Jesus Loves Don" (Apparently Don doesn't love Jesus anymore because he got rid of the plaque) It's already hanging in my office! And a cool eye necklace- made by you jonnamarco? love it! ooo and that swivel x-acto knife is so cool- I've never seen one like it before, can't wait to cut something up!

A pouch FULL of wonderful glass beads, miniatures, buttons... I would have felt spoiled with HALF the amount of goodies packed in there!

And I saved the best for last, this wonderful little guy jonnamarco made!! (the tree he's standing by was in the box too!)

THANK YOU so much for everything! I'm still having fun looking through all the little bags and packages- and still discovering new things!
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46  Finally Finished my Beatles Teesha Moore Bag!!! (PIC OVERLOAD!!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by teachart on: June 15, 2011 12:26:56 PM
I've been working on this bag on and off for a year- and it's finally finished! Confession: my original intention was to make this and give it to my sister-in-law last year for the christmas holiday. BUT... after about 30 hours of working on it, I fell in love with it and decided if I was going to spend so much time on a project I deserve it! After all, how often do us crafty people make things for ourselves?? So as I worked along I incorporated tons of the things I love.

Onto the many Pics! And if we've had the chance to swap- be on the look out for some of the goodies you send me on the bag! It's loaded with swap treasures!  Grin

Shot of the front

I printed out the squirrel on fabric backed with freezer paper, then thought he looked cold so I embroidered a sweater on him Wink
The butterfly pendant (peeking out of the hole on the brown flowery fabric) is from onecrazymom. I know there are also some goodies from Tree27 sewn on there too (The number 9 and others that don't show up too well in the photos).

back of the bag

one side- I used a Jenny Heart pattern for the sexy lady. There's also a bit of thrifted tea towel (3rd from bottom), a Chippy (Check out Tim and Eric!!) and a vintage elephant button from my grandma's collection (all of the buttons came from her collection)

The other side- again, grandma's buttons, Jenny Heart embroidered squares, The little Mexican man came from a tea towel with a hole on it. The bottom square is a maze with a cat and a mouse button from FrankSpinello. There's also a fabric flower from onecrazymom and some star beads from suereal.

See that little mustache pouch? I sewed that on the back of the sexy lady- I call it my stache stash Smiley. I received that it the 44cent swap from runningnaked

And I promised you the Beatles! Here they are!

Printed them on vintage material, again backed by freezer paper. I had to mod podge them because the ink didn't set  Tongue

I also lined the bag; I didn't want my stuff to snag any of the treads. I used a lot of thrifted fabric in the bag- felted sweaters, old clothes that I loved but didn't wear anymore. I had a lot of fun trying new stitches. I must have spent 150+ hours on this bag! I wish I could take close-ups of all the squares for everyone to see (the textures are so nice!), but that would be a bit of an over load! I'm in love with it- what do you guys think???!

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47  Beatles in Needlework: Completed Projects by teachart on: June 10, 2011 02:59:33 PM
I wanted to share a couple of things that I made for the recent Beatles swap for my wonderful partner SevsOnlyGirl.

She had a set of coasters with embroidered faces on them on her wist, so I decided to make her a set using the Yellow Submarine cartoon Beatles:

And I also stitched up this self-portrait of John Lennon, I love his whimsical illustrations:

Thanks for looking!
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48  Re: Beatles Mania Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by teachart on: June 02, 2011 12:37:57 PM

I received from SevsOnlyGirl today! She and her daughter made a FANTASTIC package for me! First up, two great t-shirts- anything wearable is always welcome- since having a kiddo I rarely take time to shop for myself!

While My Guitar Gently Weeps (one of my favorite songs, if not my all time favorite- so hard to pick just one!)
And Paul's PETA shirt- I love Paul!

And the rest of the package-

SevsOnlyGirl's daughter made the fantastic hippie Beatles embroidery! The stitches are so perfect- she must have a good teacher  Wink! I can't decide if I want to re-hoop it for my hoopla wall or make a pillow with it- it's so perfect!

The other goodies are Hershey's chocolate bars- rumored to be Paul's Favorite, and Jelly Beans, SevsOnlyGirl said in her note that the Beatles said that they were their favorite candy, but regretted that later as they were pelted by them at concerts!

And because everyone loves a cat action shot, here's my Suds checking out the hippie rubber duck! (and also the culprit of any stray white furs that may have slipped past my inspection in your package SevsOnlyGirl Wink)

Thank you so much again for a fun swap! I love everything!
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49  Re: Matchbox Swap round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by teachart on: May 20, 2011 10:42:49 AM
I received from onecrazymom!
Here's the lovely little box she made:

The flower on top is a pin too!

And the goods inside:

butterfly pendant, little bells, stamps, flattened penny with I think a Lion King animal on it (oops it's upside down)

Thank you so much onecrazymom! What a fun swap!
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50  Robot Matchbox in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by teachart on: May 12, 2011 12:19:10 PM
My little sister is coming up on a year of sobriety. As a "way-to-go!" present, I made this matchbox for her.

She mentioned in passing once that she liked robots, and the last time she was up visiting she was drooling over an altered matchbox that I received in a swap, so I thought I'd surprise her with one in the mail  Smiley
(The little heart charm came from Suereal in a recent swap- already put to good use!)

Some of the guts. I've since finished filling it up with goodies to send her. Needed to take advantage of the sun for some pics while I had it!

Thanks for looking! Oh, in case any of you were wondering, I discovered that once wrapped in poly-clay, the matchbox survived an oven at 275 for about 20 minutes. I was right there watching it in case of flames!
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