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11  Latest TM Patches and bonus embroidered hanky in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: May 25, 2017 12:36:11 PM
I saw a post about the next TM Patch swap starting soon and then realized that I hadn't posted my last batch.

I fell in love with the multimedia pieces of Cori Dantini, (you can find her on Etsy and IG), a while back. So when my partner listed owls, I knew exactly what I was going to do. It was awesome bringing this guy to life. What was interesting about this guy though, is that Sharalee originally posted his back and everyone thought it was his front! (You can see that here!) I went with a wider border and just did a running stitch around. I am always trying to switch it up with my borders. I try to stitch something appropriate or will help to highlight the patch.

I used Sharalee's hairdressing theme for the other patch. I found the quote with a pic I wasn't too fond of; so I found a stencil of Marilyn and used that. I think it turned out pretty good.

Now I made the mistake of thinking I could just have one partner. Fortunately, craftylittlemonkey was willing to help me out and become my unofficial partner. When I asked what she would like me to make, she told me that she would like me to make something that I like, in my style. Which immediately prompted an existential crisis. I had no idea what I liked and I had no idea what my style was...so what the heck am I going to make?!?!?! I freaked out for about a day before settling on the below.

This is a selfie my daughter took with me. It's one of my favorite pictures of us. This is really only maybe my second portrait, so I am seeing I really need to work on this skill. I made the border stitching to simulate (somewhat) a flash. I original was going to use yellow; but this gorgeous variegated thread I have matched the backing fabric perfectly. So how could I not use it!?!?

This is not the first time I have stitched up Calvin and Hobbes. It's one of my most favorite images of them though. It really matches the irreverent tone I sometimes strike in my life. I felt the mustache fabric was a perfect frame and made it extra wide. Originally I was going to stitch around some of the mustaches; but I didn't like how it looked. So I decided to go for a sort of "invisible" binding by using a red that matched and merely stitched each inside edge.

And this is not TM patch related; but I was asked to embroider a hanky to be included in the Mother's Day basket that was raffled off at work. I'm kind of eh about how it turned out. It was a lot of work. Life reminded me to be nice to people by having the basket go to a lady at work who really does not like me. I have other hankies that are awaiting stitching (I had to buy them in a pack.) I hope to use them some day. Or maybe I'll send them as extras!

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12  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: May 22, 2017 02:27:55 PM
Gads I am having issues posting today. User error...Had my post all but done and I had to grab for something and it all went away  Cry *sigh*

Let's try again! I really love the gerbil. He reminds me of when Ron's broken wand turned Scabbers into a goblet with a tail!  Grin The beetle is wicked cool. Is that leather? The Catthulu is inventive and adorable.

I was able to pick up my package over the weekend. I wasn't sure if it really was the swap package; it was heavy! I opened it in the car and I must have been little loud in my excitement...everyone in the car cringed.  Cheesy But they understood my excitement when I showed them what I got.

First I opened up the most beautiful card and found this cool drawing and note. I love Sudowoodo!

And then I opened up this little guy.

This niffler from Fantastic Beasts, with his shiny "bed" is AWESOME! He's soft and well made and just adorable! The boys each wanted some time looking closely at him. They were fascinated by the "bed as well. It might have just been the smell of chocolate that attracted them though.  Grin

I was amazed that the niffler was tricked by the shiny wrappers!

He was dismayed and confused when I placed him in the flowers Nothing shiny in there!

He has his bed; but he also has a tummy pocket where he keeps his most prized possession.

What might a niffler consider their most prize possession? Why a coin with his face on it! This coin is super cool and is hand drawn. The boys were both very impressed by the drawing.

Thank you SO much GrimInspirations! He will be enjoyed by all!

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13  Prayer Flag Swap Round SO - 6/10 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by fatewineroses on: May 12, 2017 10:54:59 AM
Flag made by alwaysinmyroom, received by Abbeeroad.

Prayer Flag Swap ROUND 7

Swap name: Prayer Flag Swap Round 7
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: fatewineroses
Sign-up date range: 05/12/2017 to 05/21/2017
Date to send item by: 06/10/2017

Limited to a certain number of people? NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself 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: N/A
- 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

I. Am. SO. Excited! This has got to be a favorite swap for a bunch of us.  It's been over a year since the last Prayer Flag Swap, so it's time for another round! Did I mention I'm excited?  Grin Let's do this!

If you don't know about prayer flags, this article from Cloth Paper Scissors

How to Make Prayer Flags

1. Cut pieces of fabric to 5" x 11". Use materials you already have on hand.
2. Fold the top down on each piece of fabric and stitch in place to create a 3" sleeve, making the flag surface 5" x 8".
3. Paint, stitch, embroider, appliqu, or collage the flags.
4. Add words, journaling, or symbols as desired. You can appliqu letters, add hand stitching, stencil with textile paint, or just write with a permanent marker.
5. Thread the flags onto a string or cord and hang them outdoors so the breeze will catch them and spread your intentions.

To keep this an easy, low-stress swap, you can choose to send to either one or two partners. In addition, each of us is going to make an additional prayer flag for ourselves. So if you have one partner, you're going to make two flags and keep one, and if you have two partners, you're going to make three flags and keep one.

As usual, to sign up for this swap, complete this questionnaire and PM it to fatewineroses. But first, read this IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

- You must get delivery confirmation if sending within the U.S., or a mailing receipt if sending to or from elsewhere in the world.
- If you must send late, let the organizers and your partner know ASAP.
- Good communication is very important. If you haven't already posted in this thread, please do so as soon as you've signed up, and stay in touch by posting weekly in the swap thread.
- PM both organizer and your partner when you send and when you receive.
- Please post photos of the flags you receive and the flag you made for yourself in the gallery. Remember to take pictures of what you make before you send it, just in case.

Some inspiration from previous swaps:
Prayer Flag Swap #6
Prayer Flag Swap #5
Prayer Flag Swap #4
Prayer Flag Swap #3
Prayer Flag Swap #2
Prayer Flag Swap #1

The Prayer Flag Project blog.


Name of swap: Prayer Flag Swap Round 7 (Date to send item by: Saturday, June 10th)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country in correct shipping format:
Are you willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (Note that prayer flags can usually be sent in a small padded envelope, so international postage should be reasonable.)
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)
Confirm that you will provide a Delivery Confirmation number if mailing within the US, or keep your postal receipt for non-US packages. (YES/NO)

Do you want ONE partner or TWO partners?

1. Do you have any allergies that are strong enough to prevent you from being partnered with certain people and what are they?
2. Do you have any other things you wish to avoid (such as feathers, glitter or animal products)?
3. Do you have any allergens (pets, smoke) in your house?
4.  Please list 4-6 different inspirational words you would like to see on your flag.
5.  Name some of your favorite images/themes that you would enjoy seeing on your flag:
6.  Are there any images/themes that your partner should avoid?
7.  What are your favorite colors, or color combinations?
8.  Are there any colors your partner should avoid?
9.  Please add a few more details about yourself and your tastes to help your partner get an idea of who you are. The more information you give, the better she/he can craft for you.  Feel free to add a link to your Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or anything else that would give her/him an idea of your tastes and interests.

1. fatewineroses
2. cmarion3
3. CraftyMamaBee
4. quaggy
5. flyraeven
6. Abbeeroad
7. curiousfae
8. SuzyScissor
9. Wulf
10. Averia
11. seeuudee


Getting partners matched up was a little tricky. Everyone wanted two partners; but we had eleven people. This is what I came up with. I wrote each person's name on a piece of paper, then I pulled two people. Once each person had two people sending to them, I pulled their name from the mix. All of this was done blind. (I state that because I really got lucky with my partners (sending and sent).  Grin

I sure hope I sent everything out correctly. I checked the partner list like two or three times to make sure I didn't do something funky.

This person sends to --> this person & this person

cmarion3 --> curiousfae & Wulf
Wulf --> fatewineroses & curiousfae
curiousfae --> Abbeeroad & flyraeven
CraftyMamaBee --> quaggy & seeuudee
Averia --> SuzyScissor & Wulf
Abbeeroad --> Averia & quaggy
Quaggy --> Abbeeroad & Averia
Seeuudee --> flyraeven & CraftyMamaBee
Flyraeven --> seeuudee & SuzyScissor
SuzyScissor --> cmarion3 & fatewineroses
Fatewineroses --> CraftyMamaBee & cmarion3

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14  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: May 03, 2017 09:42:42 AM
I've been absent and haven't commented upon A LOT of the patches. I'll have to try and do that later today. CLM and I did an unofficial swap and she finally received. Unfortunately, she cannot post right now and asked me to post pictures. I was very happy that she liked them.

When we agreed to do a swap behind the swap, I asked CLM what her preference was for the patches I was to make for her. Her reply was, "I would love it if you simply made me something in exactly your own style that represents you and your likes specifically. I'm making a sewing machine cover and collecting from as many peeps as I can so I see them and think of them every time I go for my machine."

I read that a couple times...then had a bit of an existential crisis. I had too many things that I "like." How was I supposed to choose? And since (after some research) CLM really is waaaay more off the grid as far as geek-likes, I didn't want to do something that she just didn't get or had no connection to. That's just not how I make stuff for people. And then there was the "your own style" thing. I had no idea how to define that. I had no idea what that meant! I. Was. FREAKING. OUT! Who doesn't know what their style is? ME! That's who!

I took a day to freak out...and then did what I would do for any other swap partner. I stalked myself. I also went into my art notebook and looked for projects I wrote down or outlined; but never got around to making.

While I don't necessarily think that portraits from photos are my style yet, it is something I want to work on getting better at. So I took a picture I had been meaning to try to duplicate, and stitched it up. This is a picture of me and my daughter. The border originally was supposed to sort of represent the flash from taking the picture; but I had this beautiful thread that matched the fabric perfectly. So, of course I had to use it! I like how it turned out.

This is not my first Calvin and Hobbes embroidered piece. I wanted to do this because it sort of represents my attitude towards life. Despite prodding the kids to smile properly for pictures; I always have to make a face for at least one. The red mustaches were a perfect border. Originally I was going to use black thread to outline some of the mustaches; but I didn't like how it looked. In the end I just stitched around the edges in a matching thread so you could barely see it.

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15  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: April 14, 2017 09:56:28 PM
I received from Sharalee earlier this week; but it has been a super busy week at work. Which equals super tired me. I was finally able to pick up my mail last night.

Look what she made for me!

The first patch is from my bees theme.

And this 3D beauty is from my gnome theme. Isn't he adorable?

Not only did she make me two awesome patches; but she sent me so much cool fabric and little doodads. Even brads that spell out my name!!!

Thank you so much for swapping with me Sharalee!!!
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16  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: April 10, 2017 04:01:25 PM
I really love the Steampunk hairdo. I never would have thought of that. So awesome.

Okay. I'm not quite sure how to say this....but you guys are looking at the BACK of the owl!  Shocked Below is a picture of the front of the patch. I'm pleased that you guys like the back. I surely hope you like the front as well. The original painting was done by Cori Dantini. You can find her at Etsy. This particular painting is purchased; but you can see the pin here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/116249234112379257/

I hope you guys see this correctly. On my screen it is sideways and squished.
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17  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: March 28, 2017 11:50:36 AM
It was wonderful catching up with the patches that have come in so far. This swap never disappoints!

I'm not sure which ones I like most. The three phases of water was awesome. I wasn't sure what I was going to think of the cross stitch ones; but I really liked all of them. Mind you, I won't be doing any patches with cross stitch myself (drives me batty!) but I like the effect. And I'm impressed with the owl. Made it up as she went along?!?!  Crazy! I couldn't do that. No way.

I loved the River Song patch.  So cool! I really like the door and the rave. The peace signs were pretty nice. The stitching is so neat on the hand.

Since I often like what people make for Wulf, I might just tell my partner for my next swap, "Make something for Wulf, then send it to me."  Grin

And now, per member request, I am sharing the patches I received from my unofficial partner. I'm still stitching and expect to take the full amount of time.

These were from CLM. I asked for patches that were more in line with my non-geeky side and I mentioned two artists. Who can guess the artists she picked?   Wink

You can't tell from the pics really; but they are both larger. The top one is HUGE! I still don't have a plan for my patches. So far I am just enjoying collecting them.  Cheesy

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18  Re: GALLERY! One Tiny Snarky Thing (signups 01/28/17-02/09/17 with S.O. 02/27/17) in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: March 06, 2017 12:55:11 PM
Even though I have been stalking the gallery to see what was posted, I just realized that I haven't commented in a while. So here it goes...

I really love the notebook that CLM made for curiousfae. Book binding is always something I've been fascinated by and have wanted to do. I am always impressed when others do it.

That tin is super cute. The doll...I don't know if I should cringe or laugh.  Grin

And I have received! I've never partnered with MareMare before, so I was excited to see what she would come up with. She decided to pull from the Firefly cast and made me the cutest coaster. At least that's what I'm using it for! It's totally adorbs and snarky all at the same time. I love how she used super tiny hexies to make Jayne's hat! I love the color palette she used and her stitching is super neat!

The quote is actually of Wash. My other favorite character. It's just fabulous.

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19  Re: Stranger Things Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: March 06, 2017 10:04:55 AM
Oooh! I love the pin and the patches! Awesome! And that art piece is great! Hope you're doing well coycasket!

Now we shall finish off our FIRST round of the Stranger Things Swap with my package from Alliekat914! She did some nice spoilage of me. I tell you, that box was packed TIGHT!

First off, there is this massive pouch made with some cool ST fabric! I love this fabric! I might have to get some for myself! She lined it with nylon for a professional finish. So well done.

Then she made me TWO cool mugs! I think I love the lights one best; but they are both so very cool. You can now be jealous.

And remember I said that the box was solidly packed? Well, she packed some extra goodies inside the mugs for me. I sent them to work with my bf. He is always complaining that he has no candy at work.  Grin

And with that, we have finished our round. What a fantastic first time! Let's do it again before the next season starts!

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20  Re: Undercover Fandom Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: February 25, 2017 02:48:12 PM
Hi guys! Despite being a slacker of a partner, JoyfulClover sent me the BEST package I could have possibly hoped for. She is that partner that studies your questionnaire and gets everything right! I squealed as I opened each thing...absolutely delighted and thrilled...because she hit all the marks!

First off is Gruff. He's the Neverbeast. He is very cute here; but sometimes he looks scary. He is one of my absolute favorite Disney characters. Not a lot of people have heard of him though. So, by himself, he is undercover.

Next up is the number one thing I asked for. I play Pokmon Go with my boyfriend and his kids. We usually have external batteries (and cords, etc) we carry with us. I asked for pouches to make battery kits with. Not only did she make pouches, she used symbols from our favorite video game, Destiny. I showed my boyfriend and he thought they were super cool. She made three. One each with the symbols for the different types of characters: Warlock, Titan and Hunter SO COOL!!




And here you can see an action shot (yes, I am already using them!); but also the cute detail stitching at the top. You can't see it from the outside; but it's details like that that make something move from cool to super cool!

Last but certainly not least...she made a bag to carry the whole caboodle in...with my favorite Destiny symbol. This is for a special event that is held every couple of months called the Iron Banner. I was massively impressed by the applique she did and my boyfriend absolutely loves the green main fabric she used. Did I mention she lined all of these things with flannel to cushion our electronics? So cool!! And I've been wanting to make one of these bags....Japanese in style (I can't remember what they are called!) for the longest time.

Imagine you opened your swap package to find stuff you have imagined; but never expected to get. That was my package. I couldn't be happier...and now more nervous. I still have to send!  Shocked Thank you SO much Jaime. For the package and for being patient. And many thanks to gozer for hosting so I could get such a fabulous package. Oh. And the tempting. Without the tempting, I would have never signed up.
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