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71  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 69 gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jemimah on: May 03, 2011 09:42:23 PM
I got a super-spoily package from aheartofglass today! Grin

She sent me the Diamond Point Scribe I've been longing for for ages! AND 2 blocks of stamp carving material! AND some gorgeous silk thread (<3!)!

Initially she was going to get the shop to send the scribe to me direct, but they were going to charge her $28 for shipping!!! and that was the cheap option!!!  Shocked  (I had no idea about this when I wisted it.) When you consider that it is the size and weight of a pencil ...

... that seemed a little excessive!

In case you are not sure what this wonderful thing is, it's a tool for drypoint etching (a kind of printmaking) that will be a vast improvement on my current tools. It's used for work like this (a piece I did last year):-

Thank you so much aheartofglass! and thank you for being so kind and gracious about the shipping dramas - I'm so happy it all worked out well!! Grin
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72  Re: Craft with a Fat Quarter Swap Gallery (SO 4/18/11) in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: April 27, 2011 10:04:17 PM
So many lovely things to admire ... and now I've got some too!

DreamInStitches got my fabric tastes just right! We both like practical things too, so she made me a lovely covered journal (refillable), and bookmark, and a fantastic little sewing kit Altoid tin Smiley

The little tin is so great! I don't think she knew, but I can't get Altoid tins here, so this is just perfect Smiley It has a little padded scissor holder AND the inside of the lid is lined with a magnet to hold needles and pins! I will use this a lot.

Thank you so much!
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73  More happy trees! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jemimah on: April 20, 2011 07:38:50 PM
Same concept, different colour scheme (no pink, more green/spring colours). An angel package for the lovely phoenixfiredesigns in the Ongoing Wish Swap. Hope it makes you smile!

In my painting group, it's funny how several different people kept saying the same thing when they saw these trees in progress: "they're so happy!" Cheesy

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74  Stumpwork Dragon in Needlework: Completed Projects by jemimah on: April 17, 2011 05:00:56 PM
This was stitched for the lovely luckdragon in the recent IYP swap. luckdragon is an awesome swap partner! (you might have seen the gorgeous fishies she stitched for me on this board Smiley)

I was wondering what to stitch for her, and of course, it had to be a dragon! While there are many fabulous dragon patterns and pictures out there, I hadn't seen a stumpwork dragon anywhere, and I really wanted to work in 3D. So I came up with this one from scratch.

The wing is sitting fairly flat in this picture, before posting, but it's wired and poseable.

A closer view of his face.

And here he is, fierce but happy, in his new home on luckdragon's wall. Smiley

He is stitched with silk applique on a cotton background fabric, in Soie d'Alger silk thread, wired and padded, various stitches (just ask if you want to identify any particular stitch). He was a challenge to create, but I had a lot of fun making him - and best of all I think luckdragon rather likes him too! Cheesy
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75  One Groovy Stumpwork Bird in Needlework: Completed Projects by jemimah on: April 17, 2011 03:56:23 PM
I was very lucky to be partnered with the one-and-only onegroovyday for the Diptych Round of the Hoopla swap Smiley We had an awesome time, and I'm sure many of you have seen the FANTASTIC Starry Night Tardis she created for me!

Well, I knew I had to make her something very special! OGD loves birds and trees, so this is what I made:-

I worked from a picture to get some of the branch/leaf shapes, but all the rest was pretty much freehand. It's stitched on linen/linen blend, with some cotton and silk applique, the wing and many of the leaves wired, and many different stitches (feel free to ask if there's a specific one that you want to know what it is).

I looked very hard for a teeny tiny hoop for the birdie to hold, but with no luck. But then I thought, birdies can't use screw hoops anyway - birdies don't have thumbs! So I made it out of wired leaves, and I think it turned out pretty well that way Smiley

It was a lot of fun to make, and onegroovyday really likes it too! Yay! Cheesy
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76  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 68 gallery in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: April 13, 2011 10:05:05 PM
Oh I think I need a Vader shirt!! Fantastic Cheesy

I got seriously spoiled by the marvellous mimiw Grin


Fab fabric (FQs! linen - love! I've already started using some today!), sweet stationery, stitchery supplies, perfect project bag, AND a super stationery organiser!

I'm going to get a lot of use out of these! And not only do they look good, they are beautifully made, and feel lovely (Especially the fabric on the stationery folder. I'm actually using it to look after my new e-reader at the moment - perfect!)

Thanks so much mimiw for a beautiful and practical parcel!! Grin
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77  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 69 gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jemimah on: April 13, 2011 09:53:51 PM
I'm going to be knitting up a storm!!  Grin

Edie sent me a set of bamboo DPNs in every size I could ever need!

Thanks so much Edie, these are much appreciated and will be well used! Smiley
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78  Fun flower embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by jemimah on: April 03, 2011 09:46:40 PM
I made this for the marvellous mimiw in the Ongoing Wish Swap. She had a few stylised garden/flower designs on her wist, but rather than an exact copy, I got some inspiration, and came up with my own design. It was really enjoyable to stitch Smiley (I made something similar for babalina too, will load a pic when I find it!)

This is a really fun project if you want to play around, and practice old stitches or try new ones. I started by ironing on the corduroy piece for the ground, and roughly marked a couple of circles with my disappearing purple marker. Then I got out my stitch dictionary and started playing around with a whole variety of stitches.

For the stitches in this hoop, I used some old classics (blanket, chain, herringbone, french knots), some fun favourites (checkered chain, cretan, whipped spider, coral, colonial knots, cable chain), and a couple of new-to-me stitches that I really like (pekinese, basque). All in 2 strands of DMC on cotton fabric.

It's a great way to work on your embroidery skills - a bit like an old-fashioned sampler, but you get a cute hoop at the end of it! Because it's a fun, casual style, you don't need to get too worried about everything lining up (just use disappearing marker if you want a guideline) - I deliberately made mine not symmetrical, so it didn't look too stiff.

If you like it, have a go at making your own version! I'd love to see it Smiley

(And if there's some interest, I'd be happy to do a tutorial or stitchalong sometime Smiley)
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79  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 68 gallery in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: April 03, 2011 09:03:14 PM
I got a fantastic package from StephanieGravatt today! Cheesy

Isn't it great? There's a lot of work in this - I'm going to make it into something awesome! Thanks Stephanie, it really makes me smile!
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80  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4, Diptych Round - Gallery (SendOut 3/21/11) in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: March 30, 2011 09:32:15 PM
This gallery is so full of awesome things. I hardly dare single things out because I just know I'll miss someone's amazing work (I love all the trees, swing, elephants, fishies, everything!). I've been oo-ing and aaa-ing over EVERYTHING! You're all fantastic! I hope I see lots of these hoops going on the needlework board too, so more craftsters can appreciate them Smiley

And now, for some more awesome ... my package from onegroovyday arrived. Eeeeee!!

... or should I say, ooooooo weeeeee ooooooo!!!!!

Oh yeah, all you Whovians out there, you know you want this! It's full of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey-ness!

gratuitous angle

But hang on a minute, I hear you say, it's awesome and all, but isn't this supposed to be a DIPTYCH? Hmmm?

Oh no!! Daleks have invaded the TARDIS!!! Exterminate!!  Shocked

But it's OK, because The Doctor's here to save the day! With his sonic screwdriver Grin

onegroovyday, I love this so very, very much! The stitching and tinting and hoop-within-a-hoop construction (!) are all incredible. And I can't believe you've never even watched Dr Who! Thank you so much for an amazing gift that I will treasure! Grin   
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