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1  My first honest-to-goodness fiber dyeing in Dyeing: Completed Projects by calluna on: October 17, 2017 06:54:43 PM
At a fiber arts yard sale (yes, that was a euphoric day for me) I bought a pound of undyed bombyx silk. At a second-hand store the same day, I found a bunch of natural fiber dyes. And it was in this manner that I began my first fiber-dying experiment (other than trying out Kool-Aid a couple times in the past).

Preparation is not my strong suit; I didn't remember until just now that I have a tarp I could have used to cover the ground better than a couple plastic bags did. Oh well. Here is how the initial sloshing of colors looked:

The purple is a Procion dye, and since I didn't have the proper additives it washed out to a smattering of magenta, which is fine by me. After a thorough rinse, I spread it out to dry on my hammock.

I did a couple more rounds of adding yellow and green in splotches, in hopes of a good variety of shades and saturation, and using up the bottles. Here is the final "fleece"! I just need to steam it, which is a project I'll save for a chilly day.

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2  Re: STS Winter Market 2017 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: October 17, 2017 06:48:58 PM
Sold to cabaute - Teesha Moore patches


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3  Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread in New Swap Theme Ideas by calluna on: October 11, 2017 11:59:55 AM
Wow, my corny advertising ploy worked!  Cheesy

ETA - shameless pug (surprisingly rare)

Photo by DaPuglet Pugs on Flickr
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4  A reversible cross-stitch for the artist/crafter with no space in Needlework: Completed Projects by calluna on: October 08, 2017 10:50:09 PM
Limited space, limited budget, limited supplies, limited privacy...Whatever the reason, it's safe to say most artsy-craftsy folks don't have the coveted craft room or art studio (so those of you who do, please keep sharing pics so we can ogle and dream!). My creative space has typically been the same space where I sleep. This project came out of a) the desire to celebrate the can-do spirit of small-space crafters, and b) looking for an excuse to emulate this nice vintage cross-stitch pattern I found on antiquepatternlibrary.org. I don't recall where I found the alphabet, my apologies.

So you don't have to crane your head upside down:

There are wall hangers on the back in both directions. My first idea, hanging it from a matching handspun yarn cord, didn't allow it to hang properly, but I hope I can find a way to do that.

This project is small (just over 7x5") but it sat unfinished for YEARS, mainly in hopes that I would pick up the skill of finishing/framing. That didn't happen. But I found a tutorial]https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/frame-needlepoint.htm]tutorial that said hot glue would be sufficient, so in favor of completing one WIP this weekend I went with that. I cut down one reclaimed book cover to the side of the interior of the frame (no glass, found it at a second-hand store), and the other to the size of the fabric. This inner one with the fabric looks a little wonky, but I have my Critic hat on now that I'm getting ready to show it to the world here.  Smiley Then I covered the outward-facing board with a piece of scrap watercolor background I had made. And finally, attached the two pieces and the frame.
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5  Re: STS Winter Market 2017 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: September 27, 2017 11:13:22 AM
Sold to noooitaremybirthday: three Teesha Moore patches:

Thank you!
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6  Re: STS Winter Market 2017 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: September 24, 2017 11:11:28 AM
Sold to fishstix43: Red scrappy journal

Thank you!
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7  Re: STS Winter Market 2017 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: September 14, 2017 04:28:32 PM

to RaraAvis: Sandia and Nopal ceramic tiles

to underthemountain: milagro sacred heart

to Mlsocci74: maracas

Thank you all!
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8  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2017 in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: September 11, 2017 07:43:43 PM
In exchange for an altered journal, LeapFeetFirst used her drum carder and sent me a huge new box of fiber for my spinning and felting delight!

Some detail pics of the squishy goodness:

And as a bonus, some metallic and iridescent prints, which I'm pretty jazzed about too:
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9  Re: STS Winter Market 2017 **SU Sept 10-24; Swap closes Nov 4/17** in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by calluna on: September 11, 2017 06:59:30 PM

La casita de calluna

This California- and Mexico-based shop is OPEN for business.

Items crafted by a non-smoker in a smoke-free and no-pets environment.


These crafts were not made by me, they were all handmade by others in Mexico.

Tin fridge magnets - Claim as skull, milagro heart, milagro palm, or solid heart. 1 point each

Milagros - I have two of most of these. Claim as R leg, L leg, R arm, L arm, lungs, breasts, L face, gland, R face, kneeling, angel, mother hen, donut, girl, Guadalupe pendant, praying, reading. 3 for half a point

Loteria Tiles - Ceramic tiles! La manos corner got cracked in transit; I can try to super-glue it if you like. Claim as Mano, Bandolon, Estrella, Escalera, or Pera. If you are interested I can acquire other traditional loteria designs. 1 point each

Tiny watercolor painting on display - painted by Lupita Sahagun. 1 point

Sea-tumbled mosaic tiles - I collected these from the beach! half a point


Bumble!! He doesnt really bounce, but hes full of insane 1960s holiday spirit. This is the better of the two I made.  3 points.

Handspun alpaca shawlette...rib stitch shawl made with my handspun off-white alpaca yarn, which is thick-and-thin and was previously fulled in a different project I frogged. Crocheted trim 3 points.

Sheath top OR infinity scarf - This can work as either; if you know you dont want it as a shirt Ill remove the straps. Small-medium. Made with gorgeous Plymouth Kudo yarn (Aran weight, 55% Cotton, 40% Rayon, 5% Silk). Also, this has only been tried on for these photos; it is not otherwise used. Smiley 1 point.

Crochet Yoga Bag with Detachable Strap - Various acrylic and handspun yarns. Drawstring closure. There are loops on the outside for attaching your keys or whatnot, and enough space inside to stow a towel too. Strap works for a yoga prop, too. 1 point


Reversible Door Sign - No space in your home for a proper craft room or studio? Let the people with whom you live know what function your room is fulfilling by hanging this on the door. Which side translates to "Do Not Enter" in your house?  Cheesy Wooden frame, watercolor background. - 1 point

A Christmas Story ornament set - mini cross-stitch hoops (about 2.5" diameter) with attached hooks at top. Soft red fabric covering the backs. -- 2 points for the set

Mug rug or Teesha Moore patch, with an Asian motif. 1 point

Custom royal cross-stitch - That is a shadow in the photo, it isnt discolored. How would you like this royal crest finished? What goes in the middle, and what words? Up to you. 1 point


Vintage photo collection - Big stack of photos from 1910s-1960s.1 point for all

Vintage Haitian bird postage stamps - Audubon bird paintings reproduced on this stack of uncancelled Haiti postage stamps. half a point for all


White Sage - grown in my garden without pesticides, this California native plant is widely considered sacred and burned for purification and blessing. Unsustainable wild harvesting of white sage is rapidly wiping out the plant, so native plant advocates are urging consumers not to continue purchasing the bundles brought in from the mountains. I can either send you a "wand" of the white sage (I cut a length off the top of the plants and then bind the leaves and stem together to dry), or the equivalent amount of loose leaves. --  half a point

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4x4" Chunky Pages - Winter birds, mixed media. Claim by number. half a point each

  • Pack of old catalog cards from Yosemite's library
  • Small, blank white jigsaw puzzle for altering
  • Regional maps from 1980s dictionary: none larger than 2x2"
  • Illustrations from a 1980s dictionary, mainly animals
  • For collage, people and animal heads cut out of my personal photos and random publications. some color, some black and white.
  • Dictionary definitions, full-page or individual quirky ones cut out.
  • Scraps of decorative paper
  • Small book written in French from 1958
  • Small old book written in Spanish
  • text and book pages grab bag
  • small black-and-white photo repros and illustrations of many notable figures in African American history
  • miscellaneous, candid color photos from the 1980s and 1990s (I'm clearing out my scrapbooks)


Claims made from me:
to RaraAvis: Sandia and Nopal tiles (2 pts)
to underthemountain: Milagro sacred heart (3 pts)
to Mlsocci74: Maracas (1 pt)
to fishstix43: Red scrappy journal (1 pt)
to kayrun:  Decorative bark paper(.5) + TM patch (.5) + Bandolon Loteria Tile (1) = (2 pts)
to noooitaremybirthday: TM patches Indonesia, peppermills, medallions (1 pt)
to cabaute: Teesha Moore patches (1 pt)

Claims I have made:
from sheepBlue: Skulls tea towel and Cats Linoprint cards (2 pts)
from Smeddley: pumpkin pie bunting (.5), pi amigurumi (.25), and amigurumi mushroom (.25) - total 1 pt.
from gala_apples: custom stenciled t-shirt (2 pts)
from kayrun: blue hat and textured hat (2 pts total)
from noooitaremybirthday: ceramic ornament #2, fish shrine, goat ornaments (2 pts total)
from loves2experiment: panta #2 (1 pt)
from GuacaMolly: 2 bars cold-process soap (2 pts)

Started with: 3
Pending: 1
Current: 1

Wishlist: drop spindle, yummy foods that can be shipped, soda can camp stove (without the denatured alcohol, of course)
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10  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: September 10, 2017 10:29:34 AM
Here is my 1st set of art-drops!

First, next to the main doors of a continuation school. At night the school is used for basic community college classes for those who are unable to commute 45 minutes to a real college campus.

The next day I dropped things in another rural town. In addition to having zero career opportunities, this town is on the wrong side of a dam that is one of the most likely dams to fail in the U.S.! These folks need all the luck they can get, so I'm glad onyxnox sent some of her good-luck pennies! I left one on a fence that keeps people off of the dam itself:

Another in the parking lot of the public health clinic (where everyone could use some luck), tucked into the broken lightpost so the wind doesn't take it away:

I abandoned a few more resin butterflies, too. This regional bus stop is outside my workplace, and all day I saw it frequented by people who were, in one way or another, down on their luck and downtrodden.

Then I went to find the public library and instead found myself in the lobby of a local/county government building for family court (custody issues), public benefits, and similar family welfare entities. The staff had tried to decorate a little to bring in some cheer, but it is still a place people go when they are struggling. When I did find the library, I left it in the same kind of spot, with the sun shining through it.

This one I felt weird about, because it looks disrespectful considering my dislike of cigarettes and smoking. But EVERYONE smokes in this town, it seems, so it's going to be found quickly, and they won't notice if it smells. Wedging the sealed art into the ashtray would keep it safe from the weather. It is outside the door to a courthouse, and I concluded that anyone smoking in front of a courthouse is in need of some cheer.
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