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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Felt Twinchie Swap Round 2 - sign up until June 7, send out July 7, 2017 on: May 24, 2017 07:13:09 AM
Swap name:  Felt Twinchie Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: roler
Sign-up date range: May 24th - June 7th, 2017 (I will close signups at 4:00pm on June 8th JAPAN TIME)
Date to send item by: July 7th, 2017

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

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


(twinchies by pioneer9)

Details of swap:
This swap was originally inspired by this post, featuring "Feltbeasts" by Becky Margraf: http://www.creativeboom.com/inspiration/felt-faces-artist-becky-margraf-crafts-100-little-faces-for-100-consecutive-days/

We'll be making four felt patches for each partner (you can request one or two partners), 2x2 inches square.  Many of us may be combining these into collages at some point, so please try to get the dimensions as close to 2x2 as possible! Other than that, the sky (and your partner's Q) is the limit!

The first round was SUPER fun!  Check out the first round's gallery here! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452068.0

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: roler

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Felt Twinchie Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Will you provide a tracking number if mailing from the USA or within your own country, or a postal receipt if mailing from another country?
Can you take and post photos of what you receive in the gallery?
Do you have any allergies?

Do you have any allergens in your home?

Would you like one or two partners?

Would you prefer your patches puffy or flat?

Are notions OK, or would you prefer all felt?

Would you like faces on things that don't usually have faces (i.e. anthropomorphized food, etc)?

Favorite colors?

Least favorite colors?

List at least five themes you'd like for your patches (i.e. favorite animals, fandoms, hobbies, interests, etc):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Are there any themes you would NOT like to receive?

Link to your pinterest/website, if you have one:

Anything else you'd like to tell your partner or the mods?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  

Please also post in this thread when you sign up, and at least once a week during the swap so we know you're still around!

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

Participants:
1. roler
2. bec99
3. craftylittlemonkey
4. BigBangMomma
5.
6.
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8.
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2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Felt Twinchies on: May 14, 2017 12:41:41 AM
Inspired by Becky Margraf's Feltbeasts (which you can check out here; they are SO CUTE!! http://www.creativeboom.com/inspiration/felt-faces-artist-becky-margraf-crafts-100-little-faces-for-100-consecutive-days/), I recently started a Felt Twinchie Swap, and it has been SO MUCH FUN!!  I'm seriously addicted to these little guys now and can't wait to do loads more rounds of this swap!  Here are the eight twinchies I made for this round.

First, for Thimbles71:


And second, for Inselaeffchen:


One thing I thought was kinda funny... When I was making the Harry Potter one, I actually thought it looked really done at this point:

And when I placed the buttons on the eyes just to see the difference, they looked really weird to me.  I showed it to a bunch of people to get their opinions, and the consensus was definitely in favor of adding the buttons, so that's what I went with. I think he looks super cute with the button eyes now that he's done, but honestly this version still looks complete to me as well!
But I did realize, as I was polling people re: buttons or no buttons, that the answers were split entirely along lines of whether or not we watch anime!  I noticed that people who have watched a lot of anime seemed to prefer him without the buttons, while people who didn't preferred him with buttons.  Interesting how cultural influences like that affect our eye for things! 
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Woodland Rabbit Hoop on: May 06, 2017 10:48:27 PM
I made this hoop for Noxika in the Woodland Creature & Enchanted Forest Swap. Noxika wanted an original creature that took on parts of its surroundings as part of its body.  I thought about it for a while, and this is what I came up with.



As usual I started with the applique:


Then I worked on embellishing it, like with this maple seed for the ear:


The bunny's fluffy chest turned into a leaf, and its tail into a lotus flower (I guess there's a lake in this enchanted forest!). 

I had a lot of fun working on this bunny.  It was definitely a challenge trying to come up with an original creature like this, but I'm really happy with it!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wonky Rabbit Thing on: April 18, 2017 10:43:22 PM
I decided I wanted to make a cute little rabbit for my friend's new baby.  I was going to base it loosely on this pin: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752025435572/  but was perfectly prepared for it to turn out quite different from the original, since most of my projects tend to change a lot as they go.  I didn't expect it to change quite THIS much, though!!


I clearly didn't pin the ears correctly because they moved all over while I was sewing everything together and in their current position, the "rabbit" looks more like a dog that wants to be a bean. ;P  At first I was pretty dismayed, but honestly, the baby will not care, and the more I look at it, the more I kind of like this thing because it is definitely unique and has a lot of character!! ;P

Here's the back:


And a couple progress shots.  Honestly, things were going all right up until the point when I tried to put all these pieces together:


And because I was worried that baby drool and handling might make the appliqued pieces fray really badly, I spent hours sewing around and around the edges to make them extra sturdy:


I will be delivering the gift tomorrow, and I really hope the baby (or since she is too small to really express many opinions yet, her father) likes it!!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mulan Hoop on: April 12, 2017 01:35:00 AM
UPDATE: Hoop has arrived safely!  Hooray!!!

I made this hoop for sammylouise40 in the Vikings, Pirates, and Ninjas Rd 2 Swap. Sadly, it seems to have gone missing in the mail, which really bums me out because I spent AAAAAGES on it.  

Here's the hoop:


The one part I'm not quite happy about is the face... I moved the eyes around so many times but just couldn't seem to get them to look any less wonky than that... Still though, overall I really like how it turned out. Smiley (And I have strabismus myself, so wonky eyes aren't exactly the end of the world!)

Here are a bunch of progress shots:

There were so many little pieces, and I really had to stop and consider a lot before I sewed each piece down, because it was a bit confusing to plan which pieces needed to overlap with which.




As usual, I kinda wanted to stop at that point, because doing the faces always really intimidates me, but also as usual I'm glad I continued.  I do like minimalist silhouettes and stuff, but she just didn't seem finished without the face. And if anything, the fact that the face wasn't perfect (what I was scared of), but still cute just reinforced the idea that I should keep going - even imperfect embroidery can add a lot! XD
6  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Vikings, Pirates, and Ninjas Swap Rd 2 - RESOLVED on: April 12, 2017 01:11:34 AM
ORIGINAL PACKAGE ARRIVED AFTER ALL! THANKS!

Swap Name: Vikings, Pirates, and Ninjas Swap Rd 2
Swap Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451592.0
Gallery Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451956.0

This is a 4 point swap, but at least one item must be a large or a medium.  Basically, you can send any combination EXCEPT four smalls.

This is to replace a package that WAS sent, but seems to have gotten lost in the mail!

The angel package will be for edelC.

Do you have any allergies? n

What type of crafts would you most like to receive? My SO and I are back to medieval re-enactment, and he is dressing as a viking, so anything that he could use/wear would be brilliant. I have a SCA costuming board on my pinterest, there are also loads of ideas on here https://www.viking-shield.com/clothing/historical-viking-clothing/  but this is a big ask I know, so if it is not possible anything viking related would be great,

What are your favorite types of warriors (i.e. Vikings, pirates, ninjas, etc.)? vikings

Are there any specific people/characters you like?  none that spring to mind

Are there any shows/books relating to the theme that you'd like a craft related to? no

Is there anything you would NOT like to receive? No stuffies or animaguri please, My house is full to bursting with stuff and I don't have any room left to display things that can't go on the walls.

Link to your pinterest/website, if you have one: www.pinterest.com/edelc

Anything else you'd like to tell your partner or the mods?  I feel I am being very specific in this questionaire, but mostly I love swapping, so if there is something else that you think you would prefer to make me (I have a craft swap ideas board on pinterest) then do that. I am fairly easy to please


If you are able to angel for this swap, please PM me and I will send you the necessary details! Thank you!! <3
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Felt Twinchies Swap GALLERY on: April 06, 2017 12:42:02 AM
Post your tiny felt works of art here!  


[photo: Feltbeasts by Becky Margraf]

Original swap thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451859.0

Send/Receive Status:

SENT
PARTNER RECEIVED
SENDING LATE WITH COMM
SENDING LATE NO COMM

FEEDBACK GIVEN

Abbeeroad - quaggy
Abbeeroad - Smmarrt
bec99 - curiousfae
bec99 - Rosie1981
BigBangMomma - curiousfae
craftylittlemonkey - pioneer9
craftylittlemonkey - seeuudee
Inselaeffchen - roler
MsZombieElvis - pioneer9   ANGEL PACKAGE SENT
MsZombieElvis - Thimbles71  ANGEL PACKAGE RECEIVED
quaggy - Rosie1981
roler - Thimbles71
seeuudee - Smmarrt
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Vikings, Pirates, & Ninjas Swap Rd 2 GALLERY on: March 27, 2017 02:04:13 AM
Please share your awesome warrior-themed goodies in this thread!

Original swap post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451592.0



SEND/RECEIVE STATUS:
SENT
PARTNER RECEIVED
SENDING LATE WITH COMM
SENDING LATE NO COMM

FEEDBACK GIVEN

WaveLight23478 <---> Mellius01
edelC <---> RovingAnarchist
rockingbearranch <---> Isikkahjai
roler <---> sammylouise40
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / TM Patch Techniques on: March 23, 2017 11:09:50 AM
There's been a lot of discussion in the swap threads about how each of us makes our Teesha Moore style patches, so I thought I'd share my technique for making the bases or "pillows" for my patches.  Please feel free to add your own techniques in the comments! It'd be great to see the variety of styles and tips people have to share!!

This is the technique I've settled on after a couple of years of making these patches.  I still mix things up from time to time, but in general here's what I do.

First, I choose my colors.  Like Teesha Moore herself, I love contrasting colors for the two sides of the patch, but I've found that for me, batting is easier to work with than polyfil.  I make a sandwich with the two pieces of fabric, right sides facing out, with a single layer of batting in between, and then sew around all four sides with the machine, like this:



Next, I fold back the back/border fabric towards me, and cut through both the batting and the inner fabric to trim them close to the seam.



(The edge on this piece of fabric just happened to be hemmed already; I usually leave the edges raw.)

I trim all four sides until the top side looks like this:


I think the rest of my technique is the same as Teesha Moore's; I sew around the edges the way she teaches in her original videos, switching to a new color of craft cord when my first needleful runs out. Smiley





And then here's the final base (before embellishing)!

And the back:


My personal go-to for embellishments after this is felt applique, but it would work for anything! Smiley
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Felt Twinchie Swap - Signups 3/16 - 3/29, Sendouts 4/29 on: March 16, 2017 12:25:58 AM
Swap name:  Felt Twinchie Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: roler
Sign-up date range: March 16th - 29th, 2017 (I will close signups at 4:00pm on March 30th JAPAN TIME)
Date to send item by: April 29th, 2017

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

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



Details of swap:
This swap was inspired by this post, featuring "Feltbeasts" by Becky Margraf: http://thisisnthappiness.com/post/155774877079/feltbeasts-becky-margraf  

We'll be making four felt patches for each partner (you can request one or two partners), 2x2 inches square.  Many of us may be combining these into collages at some point, so please try to get the dimensions as close to 2x2 as possible! Other than that, the sky (and your partner's Q) is the limit!

Depending upon how this swap goes, I'd love to make this a recurring one so we can all collect lots of these little guys to make collages!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: roler

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Felt Twinchie Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Will you provide a tracking number if mailing from the USA or within your own country, or a postal receipt if mailing from another country?
Can you take and post photos of what you receive in the gallery?
Do you have any allergies?

Do you have any allergens in your home?

Would you like one or two partners?

Would you prefer your patches puffy or flat?

Are notions OK, or would you prefer all felt?

Would you like faces on things that don't usually have faces (i.e. anthropomorphized food, etc)?

Favorite colors?

Least favorite colors?

List at least five themes you'd like for your patches (i.e. favorite animals, fandoms, hobbies, interests, etc):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Are there any themes you would NOT like to receive?

Link to your pinterest/website, if you have one:

Anything else you'd like to tell your partner or the mods?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  But do please also post in this thread!

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

Participants:
1. roler
2. bec99
3. Abbeeroad
4. BigBangMomma
5. craftylittlemonkey
6. curiousfae
7. Thimbles71
8. pioneer9
9. Smmarrt
10. quaggy
11. MsZombieElvis
12. Inselaeffchen
13. seeuudee
14. Rosie1981

Partners!!

Abbeeroad - quaggy, Smmarrt
bec99 - curiousfae, Rosie1981
BigBangMomma - curiousfae
craftylittlemonkey - pioneer9, seeuudee
curiousfae - bec99, BigBangMomma
Inselaeffchen - roler
MsZombieElvis - pioneer9, Thimbles71
pioneer9 - craftylittlemonkey, MsZombieElvis
quaggy - Abbeeroad, Rosie1981
roler - Inselaeffchen, Thimbles71
Rosie1981 - bec99, quaggy
seeuudee - Smmarrt, craftylittlemonkey
Smmarrt - Abbeeroad, seeuudee
Thimbles71 - roler, MsZombieElvis

GALLERY: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452068.0
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