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1  Re: Embroidery Swap R9- Not just thread! (SO Mar 5) in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: March 19, 2013 07:09:23 AM
here are my hoops from my partners!
From Nina PrettyBallerina:
I really like the geometric stuff she used in this image. I dig it!

and here is the back, which is equally awesome

and from .:dollface:. I love this saying:

Thank you guys so much for your awesome work.  I love it!
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2  Embroidery Swap R9- Not just thread! (SO Mar 5) in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: February 21, 2013 04:25:12 AM

Here is the link to the discussion thread:

Here is our lovely gallery! Yay! I look forward to seeing everyone's hoopla creations!

green is sent
pink is sending late with communication
purple is partner has recieved
red is PM your org, now, please and thank you
orange is feedback given

mezcrafts group

ilovemybrachiosauru s <>  rachel.in.rainbows
Daisytattoo <> ilovemybrachiosauru s
rachel.in.rainbows <> hoppy
dreadlady <> fancybutch
Costumesaremylife <> thenorm02
QueenNinjaMonkey <> ericatattoos
NinaprettyBallerina <> mcook72677
mezcraft <> NinaprettyBallerina
.:dollface:. <> mezcraft

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3  Embroidery Hoopla R9 - The Not Just Thread Round (SU closed, SO Mar 5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mezcraft on: January 27, 2013 08:57:14 AM

Hey all it's time for another Embroidery Hoopla Swap! This is Round 9 and the theme is: The Not just thread round!


So put your thinking and fun crazy caps on because this is could totally be a really interesting swap: So you can embroidery or crossstitch in your hoop but you also have to incorporate something that isn't just thread into the hoopla. It doesn't have to be terribly complex, so begginers don't feel intimidated, you can do it!  

- Please only send your completed hoop. No extras.
- There are no hoop size requirements for this round
- Piece can be embroidered or cross-stitched.
- add one or more element that is not just embroidery thread
- You may opt to have 2 partners. See notes below for more info.*
- Posting to the discussion thread or PMing organizers is required at least every 2 weeks.
- Have fun!!

Swap name: Embroidery Hoopla Round 9: The "Not just thread" round
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: mezcraft
Sign-up date range: Jan 28th Feb 9th, 2013
Date to send item by: March 5th, 2013
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):No limit.  Thank you Homerof2 and goldfishpollywog , for offering to co-organize.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?N/A
Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/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

Name of swap: Embroidery Hoopla Round 9 - Not just thread
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (as would need to appear for mailing)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

Do you embroider, cross-stitch or both?
Would you like to receive embroidery, cross-stitch or either?

What general themes do you like (vintage, modern, cutesy, country, gothic, steampunk, kitsch, etc)?
Are there any themes that you really don't like?

Colors youd like to receive?
Colors youd prefer not to receive?

Is there any language you are uncomfortable with having on your hoop ( ie. curse words, offensive stuff?)

Would you like 1 partner or 2?  

Do you have specific ideas or inspirations that would help your partner personalize your piece (Pinterest, Wists, Etsy Favorites, Flickr, etc)?
Anything else youd like your partner to know?

Send your completed questionnaire to your organizer and rememeber the more info you give the better match I can make! That would be me, mezcraft. Also please remember to post in the discussion thread in order to be a participant in the swap!

*Selecting Two Partners
If you opt for having two partners then you will be paired up twice. This will require that you communicate, craft for and send a hoop to two different partners. See the example below...
Person A - 2 partners
Person B - 1 partner
Person C - 1 partner
Person D - 1 partner
Person E - 1 partner
Person A <> Person B
Person A <> Person C
Person D <> Person E

Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives.
 PM organizer, co-organizers and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizer, co-organizers and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) I will be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures (This is why it is important for you to take pictures of your items, just in case your partner does not) *Please PM if there is difficulty with pictures.*


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


2) Shana82
3) Homerof2
4) mcook72677
5) thenorm02
9) twisted5whispers
10) Megzy818
11) noodlebug
12) ilovemybrachiosaurus
13) goldfishpollywog
14) hoppy
15) pugwash
16) erica_tattoos
17) deathbeforedishes
18) Melladh
19) Bobomom
20) Daistytattoo
22) .:dollface:.
23) bubblegum_phoenix
24) averagefan
25) ybunnygurl
26) llisaredd
27) costumesaremylife
28) amymarie78
29) QueenNinjaMonkey
30) megstar
31) PerfectlyBohemian
32) dreadlady
33) beccas_song
37) rachel.in.rainbows

Here are the partners! Let the Stalking commence!

In my ( mezcraft's) group

ilovemybrachiosaurus <>  rachel.in.rainbows
Daisytattoo <> ilovemybrachiosaurus
rachel.in.rainbows <> hoppy
dreadlady <> fancybutch
Costumesaremylife <> thenorm02
QueenNinjaMonkey <> ericatattoos
NinaprettyBallerina <> mcook72677
mezcraft <> NinaprettyBallerina
.:dollface:. <> mezcraft

In goldfishpollywog's group

goldfishpollywog <> deathbeforedishes
haroldlovesmaude <> Perfectly Bohemian
deathbeforedishes <> haroldlovesmaude
PerfectlyBohemian <> beccas_song
beccas_song <> pugwash
pugwash <> Shana82
Shana82 <> Nh822
mlookyloo1<> Megzy818

In Homerof2's group

Homerof2 <> llisaredd
twisted5whispers<> Homerof2
megstar <> twisted5whispers
Ralph <> bubblegum_phoenix
bubblegum_phoenix <> average_fan
ybunnygurl <>Ralph
average_fan <> tarmine626
noodlebug <> Melladh
Bobomom <> amymarie78
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4  Polar Bear Trophy Head! He is Stryofoamy! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by mezcraft on: January 18, 2013 02:01:31 PM
Hey All!

I took a sculpture class specifying in large scale lost wax and styrofoam pieces that would then be made into bronze.  I didn't turn anything into bronze, but I did cover my piece of styrofoam in polar bear goodness. Well, at least I shaped it that way and then covered it in plaster for a little more security.  So this is my wee beast!

The technique she taught in the class was drawing a front and a side, marking that on the styrofoam and then on a band saw cutting it out. It was a technique that really worked. It made all of the rest of the sculpting a lot easier!

Neat, huh? I like em.. now I just need to give him a name!
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5  Hearty har har - Quiller Valentine and some trees.. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by mezcraft on: January 18, 2013 07:43:50 AM

I created this piece thinking about the loveliest holiday, good ol' Saint Valentine's.  I picked a lot of salmon tones which I really like right now. I called it "Hearty Quilling"

I also tried something I haven't done before which was two different kinds of fill. So in one heart, I did swirlies and lines, and then in the interior of the other I did just lines. I really like the "just lines" fill and I imagine I will do that some more.

Here is another piece I finished inspired by the Canadian Wilderness. I call it "The trees that find root".

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6  Embroidery Hoopla Swap Round 9? in New Swap Theme Ideas by mezcraft on: January 06, 2013 06:28:46 PM
Hey All... There has been a bit of chatter about starting another round of an Embroidery Hoopla Swap - I believe that would be Round 9? Anyone interested? Any ideas?

Hope some people are interested cause it was such a great round the last time... It would be fun to hoop it up again...
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7  Quiller Inspiring words! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by mezcraft on: October 21, 2012 01:11:17 PM
I guess you could call this a series of pieces, but really it's mostly words that I want to surround myself in to make myself feel inspired.  I have been feeling like sharing positive vibes as of late and so I have created quite a few inspired words in quilling.

This one is basically to remind myself to never stop creating. Even if it means changing things up entirely I never want to stop creating new ideas and pieces. ( That's why I love craftster so much, everybody really inspires me here!) 

This next one is about the willingness to always except change and to grow with it. The flower image came from my garden. As with most flowers, I have no idea what it is called!

A lot of really great things have been happening to me lately, great things that are a bit stressful and crazy, so I wanted to remind myself to keep breathing!

I also wanted to do a word to remind to have some fun while I am doing all of this breathing, creating and growing! I also went with the masses here and chose a chevron pattern because, guess what? I think it's cool too.

So those are my latest words. I am also feeling this move to go away from the word thing for awhile. As neat as it is... and as much as it is helping to keep me inspired I am feeling like making some animals...
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8  Quiller elements! Well almost all of them anyway... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by mezcraft on: October 12, 2012 06:18:56 PM
Earth! Fire! Water! ( and I can't decide to make either air or wind.. please help with that cause I totally don't know..) I decided to do an element series with quilling and I have tried a bunch of new techniques with them as well.  I call it my  "random scrunchees" technique it's great to make an interesting fill with paper that doesn't have that patterned feel that most filling with quilling does..

Here's earth.. I used reference images from soil sediment to get my idea! Oh the good times...

I also wanted to do a little fossil in the sediment, hence the wee fish.

I love quilling water it is just too much fun!

I think doing the fire one was the most fun to draw up and sketch. I also really perfected the "random scrunchees" fill on this one. 

I hope you guys like it. These were a blast to create.
Oh and if you could let me know if should do wind or air.. what's the proper four elements...?

Also if you want to see more stuff on these elementals check out my wee blog..
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9  Zombie inspired hoops! in Needlework: Completed Projects by mezcraft on: September 10, 2012 04:17:02 PM
So I kind of went thematically with both of my partners on this most recent hoopla swap.  I have been watching the Walking Dead Season 2... and so I guess I have Zombies on my brain.... ARGHHH!!!!

For one partner I made this inspired by Shaun of the Dead... that is such a hilarious movie. I really enjoyed doing the research for that one...

I was trying something new with the cross hatching on the faces. I was worried it might look a bit racoonish... but I am happy with the way they turned out.  I really liked doing the hair on them as well.

I also watched Zombieland to be inspired for this next embroidered quote. It's a good safety precaution to remember when fighting Zombies, because you don't want them to come back alive again...

I did the red and green part with watercolour paint... I didn't want it to be to crunchy, I originally started a little lighter but against the vibrant text it didn't have the full impact so I went back through and darkened up all of it. This is the first time I have used watercolour paints before like this.. and I think I will definitely experiment a bit more with this kind of technique... 

Hope you like it!
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10  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R8 - The Wordy Round Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: August 25, 2012 06:27:42 AM
Hey so I received two amazing hoops. They are jaw-dropping awesome. I llllloooooovvvveeee them. Check it out:

From Birdak, my fellow Canadian, with a little canadian pride. This is a turn of phrase from our national anthem. I love how she incorporated the geometric patterns into the maple leaf. I am so super impressed with everything about this. I just love it! Thank you for such a beautiful hoop!

From Queen of marigold, my Australian partner. She knows how to pack a punch ( tee hee... get it? you literally packaged a punch...and sent it to Canada...ha ha ) this is really cool. She was apologetic in her note to me how this was her first time trying all sorts of techniques.. and I opened up the package and thought "I clearly need to practice more, if this is her first time with satin stitch..." 

What a beautiful job! I love the crayon tinting - it works perfectly in this situation.I also love the side - if you look closely it's action packed - with thuds, thwacks and whams all over the place! Thank you so much for such a great hoop!

I am just about finished queenofmarigold's hoop and I have completely redesigned birdak's hoop, so hopefully I will send out by mid to end of the week.

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