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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Prayer flag swap on: February 18, 2018 09:04:02 PM
Normally we seems to have these about once a year. But with all going on in the world right now, I think it is time.

Who's in?
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Detailed note or do you care? on: October 24, 2017 11:00:24 AM
When you send a package to a partner, do you send a card? A little note?

If you do, what do you write? Do you write a simple, "Thanks for swapping with me"? Or do you go into detail? Say something special?

What do you prefer to get from your partner?

I keep cards specifically so I can send them with swap packages. I try and write something more than just a sentence or two. Sometimes I find the cards are too small (note for next time). I might be verbose.  Grin

This curious mind is curious about what you like and do.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Stranger Things Keyring on: October 23, 2017 12:46:45 PM
My first try at stamping. I made this for my partner in the just finishing up Stranger Things swap.
I did *not* make the waffle. It was purchased.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stranger Things LED Hoop on: October 23, 2017 12:44:40 PM
So. If you are a Stranger Things fan, Christmas lights have new meaning to you. And if you didn't know it, we are finishing up a Stranger Things swap, just in time to enjoy our goodies for the season two drop this Friday! THIS FRIDAY!!! OH EM GEE!!! Shocked

Okay. Sorry. I had a moment there.

After getting my partner's questionnaire, I did some stalking and got it in my head to do a hoop and a keychain.

I originally was going to try and do the wall alphabet; but it was cost inefficient. Most of the small light strings in the stores come in weird numbers. Having multiple strings would be inefficient and heavy. So I decided to go for the scene where Joyce is talking to the string of lights in her hand. Originally I was trying to make my own drawing from a picture; but I'm not very artistically inclined. It just wasn't working with what I had. As I was finishing up the planning for this I *almost* switched to another topic; but then I found this drawing. I'm disappointed in myself because I don't remember where I got it. I usually like to give credit. It was simple enough though and I knew it would work perfectly.

- Using my handy dandy coupon for Michael's, I purchased the lights.
- Did the embroidery using a simple backstitch and some stem stitch.
- I cut my excess fabric to trim so I could finish the hoop.
- I carefully used white craft glue to finish off the hoop. (not always my preferred method; but I wanted it to not move at all)
- I carefully used my seam ripper to cut small holes in the fabric. Note for anyone that wants to do this down the line: Interface the portion you will be putting the lights on before cutting the holes. I didn't think to do that but probably should have.
- I used Fray Check on each hole to prevent further ripping or fraying of the fabric.
- I then stuck the lights through the hole, held it in place and glued with fast drying fabric glue. You could probaby use Goop or E6000 for this as well if you wanted to.
- After all of the glue was dry, I used black thread to tack down the excess wire.
- I used Goop glue to firm attach the on/off switch to the bottom back of the hoop/fabric.

The back is an absolute nightmare. I think I took a picture; but it made me flinch, so I deleted it. Roll Eyes

It sounds like my partner liked it. I hope you guys like it as well.

Not lit.


5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Stranger Things Swap on: October 18, 2017 09:48:16 AM
Picture belongs to fatewineroses. Hoop belongs to Abbeeroad.

fatewineroses <--> mariak
Abbeeroad <--> gala_apples

Feedback given

Everyone has sent, now we wait! Bring on the goodies!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Using your needles for good.... on: September 12, 2017 11:14:38 AM
Hi all!

I follow the Social Justice Sewing Academy @sjsacademy on IG and wanted to share with you guys so you can see the awesome work they are doing. Also, they sometimes put calls out for volunteering. You can do some of it long distance (I'm embroidering some appliqued quilt squares now). They actually put out a call for embroiderists today. So. If you have time to do some stitching for a good cause, look them up!

Founded in 2016, the Social Justice Sewing Academy is a critical education program that fosters participatory art as a vehicle for personal transformation, community cohesion, and social change.

Just wanted to share a cool program with ya'll.

7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Stranger Things Rd 2 (SU Sept 4-14; SO Oct 16) on: September 04, 2017 02:57:31 PM
Picture belongs to fatewineroses. Hoop belongs to Abbeeroad.

Swap name: Stranger Things
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: fatewineroses
Sign-up date range: September 4-14
Date to send item by: October 16

Limited to a certain number of people?: No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?

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:

And in preparation for that, we are going to swap awesomely!!! So join us!!!

This swap is all about the show 'Stranger Things.' This will be a THREE point swap. You will be required to craft 1 SMALL item and 1 MEDIUM item. EXTRAS are NOT required and only by mutual agreement between partners.


Please be prepared to participate in the conversation. We will have a nice cushy crafting period and I'm interested in keeping track of everyone.  So let's do a weekly check in on the thread.  Please also keep in contact with your partner. Just to let them know you are alive.


Name of swap: Stranger Things 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)
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Can you take pictures before you send and post pictures when you receive?
Favorite episode or episodes?
Favorite moment/event:
Favorite characters?
Favorite quotes?
Any LEAST favorite characters/episodes/etc?
What would you love to receive?
Anything you would NOT want to receive?
What crafts do you make?
Favorite colors and patterns?
Least favorite colors/patterns?
Anything else you'd like your partner to know?


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

Happy Crafting!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Art and Quilting Activism on: August 31, 2017 12:04:05 PM
Hi all!

I follow the Social Justice Sewing Academy @sjsacademy on IG and wanted to share with you guys so you can see the awesome work they are doing.

Founded in 2016, the Social Justice Sewing Academy is a critical education program that fosters participatory art as a vehicle for personal transformation, community cohesion, and social change.

They sometimes put calls out for volunteering. You can do some of it long distance (I'm embroidering some appliqued quilt squares now).

Just wanted to share a cool program with ya'll.


9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Adult Merit Badge Swap Gallery on: August 31, 2017 10:36:51 AM

Image/badge belongs to barbolot. Badge made by Faux_Valentine.

Post your Merit Badges here!!!!


when_im_sixty4 sends to dfabbric

bywilma sends to teag & fatewineroses
silentblair <--> Renstar

Renstar <-->  silentblair
dfabbric sends to  craftylittlemonkey & when_im_sixty4

Witty_Child sends to JoyfulClover

Thanate <--> Annchen

 Annchen <-->  Thanate

teag sends to bywilma & craftylittlemonkey

JoyfulClover sends to Witty_Child & fatewineroses

Craftylittlemonkey sends to dfabbric & Teag

fatewineroses sends to JoyfulClover &  bywilma


Sent one
Sent all
Delayed due to Mother Nature fighting back
Sending late w/ communication
Contact Organizer
Feedback given

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Recent work: Pillow and TM Patches on: August 29, 2017 12:14:24 PM
It's been a while since I've posted any new work. I've done a couple of things.

First off, I did this pillow for coycasket in the Femininity and Diversity Swap. I also did a TM Patch (her first!) but I don't have a good pic of that.

If you ever think you can't make a fantastic piece without knowing a bunch of stitches...this piece was done with about 95% backstitch. Only other stitches that might have been used (my mind is like cheesecloth) are French knots and stem stitch. The content (a naked person) was well outside of my normal comfort zone of what I should be stitching; so it was sort of a guilty pleasure stitching on the train. Grin

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Now some TM patches!

This one was made for a horoscope theme. My sign is Cancer, so I decided to do that. I found this quote and loved it; but decided to add on the constellation over it. The constellation portion is done in glow in the dark thread! The fabric I chose I thought was appropriate. The water backing and the red for ruby, Cancer's birthstone. I apologize if the colors are super bright. I couldn't seem to tone them down for some reason.

This theme was monochrome. I found a kinda simple mandala and decided to use multiple colors and as many stitches as I could. In the end I used five different colors of red and I think it was eleven different stitches. It might have been more. I don't remember. I should have written it down! In the end, I really love how it turned out. Except the border. I wish I had done something different with the border. I found it very distracting.

This is way brighter that is actually is. The first pic is more indicative of the colors.

My other partner asked for a patch using the "Nevertheless, she persisted" quote. I've seen a lot of work using this quote lately. I wanted to do something a little different. The figure in the middle is a tracing of the statue of the Fearless Girl that faces the huge bull in NYC. The quote it written in my handwriting. I really love how this one turned out.

Detail of edging. I went with a light pink and made circles (kind of like the roses on the fabric) all around the edges.

The last patch (for now) is based on the theme "MacKenzie-Childs." Now I had seen this designer before; but since it's not really my thing, I wasn't super familiar with it. While looking through images, I found a pillow that went for a whopping $300+!!  Shocked I kinda liked the look of it, so I decided to do something similar. It was my first time doing ribbon flowers. I also added a layer of material to get the red border. The border was stitched using black ONLY on black areas. Leaves were done in a fishbone stitch.

Close up

EDITED TO ADD close up pic of the Monochrome TM patch.
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