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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Lotus Leaf Painting on: June 01, 2019 07:35:37 AM
On a recent trip to Singapore (which was AMAZING), I went to a workshop to paint lotus leaves!  It was actually just me and the two coaches, who showed me a few possible techniques and then let me choose any colors and techniques I liked to paint over the wonderful panels they'd prepared for me made of real lotus leaves.  

The paints are acrylic. I used a combination of brushes, sponges, and my finger to get a variety of textures.

I left a couple of the leaves blank, because I love their natural color and patterning as well, and then borrowed a stencil to make two dragonflies, which I then touched up a tiny bit with a little bitty brush.

Here I am with my (mostly) finished paintings! The coaches are going to varnish them (or possibly already have?) and then mail them to my parents in the states, so when I move back stateside at the end of the year I can pick them up and use them to decorate a new apartment!  Eek!

The whole thing took between three and four hours to do, and was SO relaxing and fun.  I hope I have the chance to do it again sometime! 

Honestly the leaves were so pretty on their own I was really afraid I'd ruin them, but I'm actually quite happy with how these turned out! Can't wait to see them on my future wall!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Turniphead Hoop on: April 07, 2019 07:48:19 AM
My dear friend storerboughtcreations requested a hoop of Turniphead from Howl's Moving Castle, so I was happy (if slow) to oblige! XD

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fox Hoop on: August 27, 2018 03:23:13 AM
Here's a little fox hoop I made: felt applique on wool background (fabric from one of my dad's old suit jackets).

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Velvet Stocking on: February 08, 2018 06:53:58 AM
Here's the stocking I made back in December for Joyful Clover.  It was my first time making something with such soft velvet, and took some getting used to, but I really like how it came out!

Apparently the only "progress" photos I took this time were of my plushies "helping" me. ;P  (I have a photo blog featuring Katsuyuki Moray and his sea creature friends, and sometimes they participate in #plushiediysaturday !)

Kimutako the octopus wants to make sure you can see how the velvet shines when the light hits it from different angles!

The stocking isn't huge so it won't fit any big presents in there, but I love how it looks, and oddly, how soft it is!  Seriously, just reaching your arm down into it is a smooth, silky treat! ;P
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Nerdly the Fox Hoop on: August 19, 2017 09:28:50 AM
I made this hoop of Nerdly, the mascot of the nerd craftalong here on craftster, as my donation for the craftalong's summer raffle.   I did it all in one day on a crafting binge with a friend (I'm so productive when there's another person in the room crafting with me!), but unfortunately was so busy chatting that I forgot to take progress photos.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rainbow Fish Hoop on: July 02, 2017 10:48:36 PM
I made this hoop for Acadian Driftwood in the Filled Stitchy Swap.

Her list of interests included sea creatures, rainbow colors, and shades of blue, so I decided to go with a fish theme and went hunting for ideas on pinterest.  I absolutely fell in love with the layout of this art piece: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752017767994/  so I decided to make a rainbow applique version of that design. 

Here are a few progress photos:

This is after just cutting out the fish.  Even that step took several hours - I am SUCH a slow crafter!  Thank goodness for Netflix, and patient partners! ;P

Next I stitched each fish on.

Normally I tie off each thread every time I rethread my needle, but I didn't want to flip the hoop over and mess up the layout, so I just left all the ends until I was finished attaching the fish, and then tied them all off at once.  Fortunately this didn't come back to bite me. ;P

Finally, here are a few evenings' worth of embellishment progress:

Partway through I was starting to despair of ever finishing, but when I finally got it done I was super happy with how it turned out! In fact, when I posted it to facebook my aunt wanted to buy it! ;P  I told her it was for a swap, so it's spoken for.  But I really really like this piece and am tempted to try some other versions, maybe with different animals... Sadly I'm not so great at spacial reasoning and layout so the design part is a lot harder for me, but if anyone wants to help me design the layout for a similar pattern, but with eels or octopuses, let me know!! ;P
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Felt Twinchies Round 2 GALLERY on: June 15, 2017 03:56:47 AM
Can't wait to see more lovely twinchies!!

Original swap thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452444.0

Send/Receive Status:



audio - pioneer9
bec99 - BigBangMomma
bec99 - Thimbles71
craftylittlemonkey - TAOJ
fatewineroses - roler
Inselaeffchen - Thimbles71
pioneer9 - seeuudee
quaggy - roler
quaggy - TAOJ
seeuudee - Witty_Child
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Youkai Hoop on: May 28, 2017 06:23:39 AM
I made this for monkey_girl in the monster swap.  This is Kamikiri, a youkai (Japanese monster) who sneaks up behind people at night in the dark and cuts off their hair without them noticing.  When the victims realize what's happened and go out to check in the morning, they're said to find their hair still bound in a ponytail, just lying on the ground where it was cut.  Strange creature!!

Here are a couple of progress shots:

I almost always binge watch on Netflix while I'm working on a project (a hoop like this goes through many, many episodes), and this time I thought it was appropriate to watch GeGeGe no Kitaro, which is all about various youkai!

I had so much fun with this weirdo's face! XD

My only regret is my choice of background fabric - I like the swirls and their suggestion of mist or darkness, but I feel like the youkai doesn't pop as much as I'd have liked.  All in all though I'm pretty pleased with this guy!

Oh, and I almost forgot!  Here's the image I based this hoop on:
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / 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

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):

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?


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.

1. roler
2. bec99
3. craftylittlemonkey
4. BigBangMomma
5. fatewineroses
6. seeuudee
7. Witty_Child
8. Inselaeffchen
9. audio
10. TAOJ
11. pioneer9
12. Thimbles71
13. quaggy


audio - pioneer9
bec99 - BigBangMomma, Thimbles71
BigBangMomma - bec99
craftylittlemonkey - TAOJ
fatewineroses - roler
Inselaeffchen - Thimbles71
pioneer9 - audio, seeuudee
quaggy - roler, TAOJ
roler - fatewineroses, quaggy
seeuudee - pioneer9, Witty_Child
TAOJ - craftylittlemonkey, quaggy
Thimbles71 - bec99, Inselaeffchen
Witty_Child - seeuudee

GALLERY: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452593.0
10  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! 
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