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1  Re: Craftster Site Announcement in Latest News by calluna on: December 18, 2019 05:29:21 PM

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2  Re: Craftster Site Announcement in Latest News by calluna on: December 14, 2019 01:36:18 PM
Those are crazy-amazing.
My tiny teapot already arrived from Mountains and Clouds  -- and with tiny extras!

Movable paper doll, a clay owl to tuck into a snug little spot, and wee origami! This package is definitely the highlight of the weekend. Thank you M&C for sharing your goods!!
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3  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - NOV 2019 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: December 11, 2019 09:14:04 AM
On the theme of things-that-make-you-happy, LadybugsandBumblebees made me the most fitting of cards:

Though bittersweet to make it and to receive it right now, it's the perfect timing, and it's always going to remind me of the changes we're going through this month, we all got through it together.  Smiley
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4  Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland in Maryland by calluna on: December 07, 2019 12:38:33 PM
Hi all, I forgot to show you the results of the pokeberry dyeing:

So many colors came out of one dye pot! Since there was a basically record-setting amount of visitors that day keeping us hopping, and none of the dye pros from the group were able to make it (this past month's meeting everyone was back and we filled a large room with folks working on fiber projects), we left the wool in the pot to do whatever it was going to do until the end of the day without stirring or evening out the dye exposure to the wool. But frankly it is more beautiful and unique as a result! People are going to work on blending it all together this winter, so in the end it will be a heathered and cohesive color roving throughout.

Speaking of fiber, I just found a plastic bag with brown fiber in it, and I don't think it is mine! Please claim it if you want it back.
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5  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - NOV 2019 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: December 03, 2019 10:49:50 AM
Speaking of that wealth, two more rainbowy cards arrived from Linda P!

The tree is sparkly, and I'm loving all the color. I've gotta take it all to heart and get my chakras doing what they're supposed to; this past week has really thrown me. Thank you!
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6  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - NOV 2019 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: November 18, 2019 02:43:09 PM
I've been holding off on liking at the gallery because it's like a yummy treat to look forward to...but now I have cards to share!
First, from thanate, tea and books!

And then I received a card of chakras from Linda P!

I'm pretty thrilled, as you might guess.  Grin Thank you both!
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7  Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland in Maryland by calluna on: October 27, 2019 08:50:11 AM
BBM and CraftADDchick, you were both there in spirit! Mr Sparkles accompanied us in our wanderings, and I got to show off a certain labyrinth TM patch. Plus that fairy door is the work of fairy-carpenter Onyxnox.  Smiley

All kinds of good stuff to share:

Tree of life necklace from UTM, dyed scarf and hankie from ptarmic wumpus

Jack-o-lantern mug rug from Averia, Craftster trading cards from thanate and LBABB, and hand-drawn gift tag from LBABB...Gift tag was attached to...

Crocheted scarf in greys and greens! Photo by UTM

Also a handbag from LBABB, which features a patch from thanate which was further embellished with slow stiches, along with a Craft Army embroidered patch from thanate

Upside down here, but still needs to be shared and admired, there were three more slow-stitched patches on the back of Barbara's bag.

Thank you all, Craftster generosity still takes me by surprise!
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8  Re: Re: Make Me A Rainbow swap GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: September 25, 2019 10:10:39 AM
That rainbow necklace is stunning.  I would find a way to wear at least once a week.  Cheesy

Yes, this is my plan!  Grin

Anne also sent and ATC, a handmade card, and a batch of inches bases, for which I have an immediate use. And cute stripey envelopes!

one more of the necklace to show its drape:

Thank you, friend!!
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9  Re: Make Me A Rainbow swap GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: September 24, 2019 04:07:55 PM
I got home too late today to get a good photo of everything Anna.washnsinn sent me, but on my lunch break I took a picture of the amazing necklace she made me -- I received it last night, and wore it to work immediately!

(Hmm, yes, upside down, but on the bright side it doesn't affect how well the necklace shows up)

30 STRANDS OF BEADS on this baby!!  Shocked I happen to think this is the best necklace yet Anne's made, and it's mine! It lies flat nicely in its natural state, looking like a proper rainbow arch inverted around the neck, but I decided to twist it, to add even more visual interest. People were complimenting it all day, and I was avoiding the temptation to go stare at it in the mirror all day. Now I'm home I can play with it freely.  Cheesy

I'll post more photos in the morning!
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10  Reading (and) rainbow bookmark in Needlework: Completed Projects by calluna on: September 08, 2019 07:18:21 PM
After I finished cross-stitching this bookmark for Anna.wahnsinn in the rainbow swap, I thought, "This isn't ideal for a bookmark; it's practically as thick as a small book."
...Lightbulb! A bookmark that contains a book.

I botched the finish-work I originally had in mind, so with fusible web I mounted the finished cross-stitch on paperboard that was covered with a painted dictionary page, a little longer than the fabric. Then I used paper bits and washi tape (which was salvaged from either a past swap package or the Craftster Asheville meetup) to make a thin micro-journal, and attached it to the bookmark base, and tied on some little rainbow thingies that wouldn't add further bulk. To add to the meta, one of the papers is a quote about books, which I had pulled out of a discarded book.

I'd been planning to do some kind of full-spectrum needlework for almost a year, but didn't know what it would be. On a lovely autumn afternoon last year I sat outside and put all my colors of embroidery floss in chromatic order (if that's a thing), as well as I could judge.

Eventually the idea of working with negative space started appealing to me, stitching a rainbow background and leaving the foreground as unstitched cloth. But what words or image for that foreground? This phrase showed up a few times around Anne's Pinterest boards, so I went for it. The downside was having "Baby Got Back" in my head the whole time I worked on it.  Cheesy

As a caveat, though I've made some cross-stitched bookmarks I don't recommend using them in borrowed, old, or valuable books, or books with bible-thin paper. The thickness could cause an issue. Now that I think about it, using a higher-count aida cloth would really help in the construction because less thread is required; I was using 14-count, I think. However, if it's your book, do what you want and use bookmarks that make you smile!  Smiley

Here is the chart I made, in case anyone wants it. I added up the total number of colors I had, and then adjusted letter height and spacing to make sure there was a sufficient margin around everything.
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