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1  Re: Asia is more than Japan swap in The Swap Gallery by gallstones on: September 24, 2007 01:01:08 PM
My partner was ScottSkipper.
She is unable to post pictures at this time so I am posting pictures of what I sent.

I used old encyclopedias to reference the subjects for this bag. 
I refer to it as a "moon bag" because the moon has strong symbolism in Asian culture. I used a circle pattern to cut it. Both sides are decorated with embroidery. The design was made with appliqud habotai silk. I accomplished the color of the silk using fiber reactive dye.

My partner likes nautical themes. So, for this side I used an image of a type of Asian broad bottomed boat. I really loved the sails and the rigging.

This is a Thai Buddhist Temple Guardian. The encyclopedia image cut him off at the arms. So, I had to come up with an idea for the rest of the arms and the hands. I chose to use mudra gestures for the hands.

The body of the bag is heavy cotton canvass--what I use for paintings.
Dimensions are: bag  ~13" diameter. Strap ~19 x 1.5"
It is lined in a gold-yellow polyester fabric I had in my stash.

Made from buckskin. Motif symbolizes the wind which is at the back of the wearer to move her forward.

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2  Re: Asia is more than Japan swap in The Swap Gallery by gallstones on: September 03, 2007 02:56:25 PM
Pictures as promised
I get to be the first one to post my loot.

My partner is Scottskipper
This is what she sent me.

This is the super cool, and very curious outside packaging. I am lothe to just throw it away. So, it is still on my dining table.

Jewelry! earrings, one pair made with real jade. The other with Photos of Indian women. They click lovely together when both paris are worn at the same time. The bracelet has matching jade beads. The oblong green item is a bottle opener. You guys remember bottle caps, right?

My son modeling the apron. He was only willing to do this if I didn't show his face. He looks here like he has just been busted and is about to be frisked. She also sent the shirt. And Mr teenage "fashion" critic does like Asian style patterns--considers it a "personal" style, LOL.

Pillow cases. Scottskipper used batik patterned fabric for these. Pretty stuff, isn't it?  My son stole off with the orange one as soon as they arrived--cheeky brat. He is also holding two pair of chopsticks. Both of us do like to use chopsticks. And they are hard to find in were we live.

I am grateful to Scottskipper for her thoughtful choices. We will enjoy all these for some years to come.
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3  Re: Let's do a new challenge, shall we? in Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions by gallstones on: August 02, 2007 09:22:13 PM
Speaking of sooo yesterday and sooo overdone, that would be mermaids, fairies and angels. And Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

I'll participate with insects or illustrated quotes.

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4  Re: Altoid Swap Round 6.2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by gallstones on: July 13, 2007 04:34:16 PM
Burstandbloom received the tin I sent this afternoon.
she doesn't have a digital camera so I am posting pics for her.

Here goes.

The top of the tin. The picture is vintage German scrap. The edges of the lid are finished with seed beads (peyote).

The inside with the tin open. Underside the lid is an embroidery of a pair of Bitterns inspired by JJ Audubon. It is done on painted silk. The birds are made with an applique of painted silk organza.

There is a little stuffie of a tree. The three apples are store bought foam stickers.

This view kind of makes me feel a little dizzy.

Inside bottom. This is a minimalist-ic painting of a lone tree. Done on silk with embroidered details. The red object is a beaded bead apple charm.

In case you haven't guessed, her themes included birds, trees and apples.
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5  Re: Altoid Swap Round 6.2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by gallstones on: July 13, 2007 03:38:22 PM
Mine--from burstandbloom--just arrived!

I got picks.


Nicole used two of my themes, fractals and microscopic life, which just happen to coordinate excellently together.

Listing from left to right, counterclockwise (cause that's how I roll).
Bitty, baby book--aww
Lovely photo charm
Bitty baby fractal picture in little frame--aww
Lovely key chain of algae (or diatoms. I should know this)
The tin itself. The bottom has that cool cracked effect--very fractalish. The top is a detailed spiral fractal.

Inside the bottom--not shown--she melted beads to make a coaster. But, it wouldn't come out . No problem.

In the very back is the notecard. Oops, I didn't include a notecard. I'll just email the "notes".

Lovely, ain't it folks?

Thank you burstandbloom. I am so pleased.
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6  Embroidered Fabric ATC's--Birds in Needlework: Completed Projects by gallstones on: July 02, 2007 06:12:55 PM


These are done on painted silk. I used Audubon prints for inspiration then made them more "design" like. My original plan was to use blanket stitch to render the feathers, but it was too coarse looking. Chain and fly stitch gave me more of the look I was hoping for.

Thank you for looking.

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7  Orange Theme 4x4 LMAO in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by gallstones on: June 18, 2007 07:10:42 PM
I have not posted images of any of my art since joining. But, I was so pleased with the look of these that I wanted to share.

These are 4x4's (inches) that are used as pages in a fat book. Recipients (the other swappers) collect the pages and put them together into whatever format they prefer. This is the orange page for a rainbow series. We are going through all the colors one swap at a time. At the end everyone will have a full complement of color themed pages to make a fat book, or whatever.


The background is habotai silk painted with acrylic mediums. I then incorporated embroidery and beads for detail. This is pretty typical of my mixed media work and dominates how I like to work currently. BTW, the painted silk is a dream to work with. 
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8  Re: Posting Flickr Pictures in Threads...HELP! in Craftster Itself by gallstones on: June 03, 2007 04:21:20 PM


Yahoo! (no pun intended) Yay! It worked!

candikaneiscrafty--your method worked.

aliastriona_angerboda--I couldn't get your BBCode method to work. The image kept showing as a blank white square with the message "this image is unavailable".

Oh, by the way, the picture is of some ATC envelopes (envies) made for a swap.
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