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1  Re: Filled Stitchy Art Swap in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: July 10, 2017 09:03:13 PM
My hoop from JoyfulClover was waiting for me when I got home from my trip today! It had quite the journey across the whole USA.

I'm totally speechless.

For one thing, this isn't an 8" hoop - it's a 9" hoop! That inner border is right where an 8' hoop would really fit.

The stitchwork is so tight and regular! The dark grey of the minotaur is like carpet, the hair could almost be braids appliqued to the surface. And look at the teeny tiny seed stitches filling out the bull's head in the exact color of the fabric.

The subtle gradations in the skintone are so perfectly judged. Plus, maybe this is a small thing, but the hoop itself is painted and the back of the thing is beautifully finished too - I wish I could retroactively put those finishing touches on the one I sent, haha.

It's inspired by this picture that I had saved on my pinterest:


So worth the wait!
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2  Re: Welcome To Night Vale Swap in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: June 21, 2015 09:55:51 PM
I realize I'm a bit late back to the party but I unexpectedly dropped off the face of the internet for a couple of weeks. So much amazing stuff came out of this swap! The multimedia projects, and that felted Hiram, it's all so NEAT!

I wanted to share a couple of additional pictures before I forget forever. First, bethimusprime also included this awesome Night Vale Public Library card, which I forgot about because I had already added it to the stack of library cards in my purse:

Second, the dream journal that I sent her did include the most important part: a hollowed-out cavity in the back with a bird skeleton inside:

I drew the hummingbird skeleton in pencil & ink.

Anyway, great swap!
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3  Re: Welcome To Night Vale Swap in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: May 27, 2015 09:56:15 PM
I received my package last week but I didn't open it til I was ready to send too. bethimusprime and I agreed to exchange gifts with a focus on utility, and this package couldn't have been more perfect for that. Two plates with WTNV quotes and two headbands in WTNV colors. There isn't anything in the pics for scale but these are full-size heavy-duty dinner plates.

What did you use to write on the plates, bethimus? You said they claimed to be dishwasher safe - does that mean they're food safe also?

Here is a detail of the headbands. I provided my head size on a whim and these came out perfect, with just the right amount of stretch to stay on but still comfortable.

Thanks bethimusprime!
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4  Re: OTBT - One Tiny Bird Thing - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: May 06, 2015 07:36:09 PM
I received a cute little ruby-throated hummingbird ornament yesterday from Wile E Songdog:

Such fun stitching around the seams. Thanks!

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5  Re: OTBT - One Tiny Bird Thing - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: May 02, 2015 01:23:36 PM
I though I'd offer a clearer pic of the shrike hoop -

And a closeup of the grasshopper -
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6  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - March 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: March 31, 2015 06:54:41 PM
So much good stuff has gone up the last few days!

Gina1gr8mom, I love the layering on that City at night theme.

curiousfae, the watercolor bird is so soft and sweet, and the texture on the watermelon really brings a simple card to life.

kosmicgirl, the bold attitude on the frog prince and the bearded lady really make them stand out. Is the "LOVE" some kind of rub-on transfer?

Finally, here is the deceptively nice card I got from Oath Keeper yesterday on the theme of "your favorite bit of poetry". Seems like a nice little treebranch, right?

But it's based on The Poison Tree by William Blake! Don't even think about touching that apple. For those of you who don't remember this little gem from school - http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/175222

Thanks Oath Keeper!
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7  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - February 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: March 16, 2015 05:59:59 PM
I love that octopus moveable - so cute!

My card from AugustBell arrived today - a lovely little watercolor on the theme "your favorite bit of poetry." I love the color and the simplicity sets off the quote perfectly.

Thanks AugustBell!
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8  Re: Half-a-Hoopla Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: September 29, 2014 09:42:19 PM
I love the space oak tree. It make me realize that I didn't post any pictures of my hoop!

My phone's SD card died so I have 0 pictures of any part of this swap prior to last week. But the "before" that I sent to scarlet_nights was just a rocket ship:

scarlet_nights added a super-cute quote, Captain Kirk quoting Peter Pan: "Second star to the right and straight on til morning." She said the colors on the ship reminded her and her boyfriend of Starfleet uniform colors. Smiley

Thanks scarlet_nights!
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9  Re: Half-a-Hoopla Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED; 1st ROUND MAIL BY 8/25/14) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by dontneedaclassroom on: August 19, 2014 11:30:05 AM
Teaser pic:

Not sure exactly who I'm teasing in this scenario, admittedly. Smiley
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10  Re: Whimsical Shrine Gallery in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: August 15, 2014 09:21:59 PM
Luvebuggy99, sorry it came apart in the mail! The mystery bits are magnets and decorative copper pieces. The two magnets hook together so that one connects to the shrine and the other can connect to a fridge. Or, since the magnet shape naturally leaves a hole, you can also use it to hang on the wall.

From the front, you just see the spiky part of the magnet. Then the two copper pieces make a cute little arch.

Also, I don't know if you noticed, but the two little fish rotate around so you can put them vertically to make the sign for pisces! Smiley
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