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« Reply #100 on: August 16, 2010 07:58:11 AM »

Gorgeous Poppet and clothes, with a see through negligee how saucy! Wink

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« Reply #101 on: August 16, 2010 12:30:31 PM »

I received a fabulous package from Beth8144 today! This was her first swap, and she did an amazing job!

She made me a beautiful steampunk poppet who arrived accessorized from head to toe. Her felt hat is adorned with gears, a black feather and a lace veil, and matches her riveted fingerless gloves and boots (both of which snap up). Her hair is so soft and silky! Her eyes are hand-painted a lovely shade of green. She's wearing a 'ruby' choker and earrings. The off-the-shoulder bodice (so sassy!) laces up the back and also has those cool rivets on the front. I love the fabric of the over-skirt, it feels so luxurious! There's a little lock and key dangling in the front. The skirt is all lacy ruffles! She's even wearing lacy panties.  Cheesy

I also got a precious little ami teddy bear for my collection (so cuddly!), a needle book and a bookmark. I've been needing a needle book so badly...I can never find a needle when I need it, but now I'll never be far from this gorgeous book! It has a hand-stitched applique of a raven holding a heart in its beak (love ravens/crows!) and it's big enough to hold even my biggest doll/upholstery needles. The bookmark is just so lovely - it's very delicate and lacy - and it will get a lot of use! Beth also sent a huge bag of dark chocolate to spoil me rotten!

Thank you, Beth, for being such a thoughtful and sweet swap partner!  Kiss  Smiley


« Reply #102 on: August 16, 2010 01:30:41 PM »

What great packages you both sent/received! I don't know much about poppets, but I can see there's a huge amount of skill and love that went into making those. Fantastic!
« Reply #103 on: August 16, 2010 02:57:42 PM »

She's beautiful! You guys both do amazing work! I might have to stalk you next time IYP sign ups come around Wink

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« Reply #104 on: August 16, 2010 05:36:41 PM »

The stitched crow is totally awesome! Love it.

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« Reply #105 on: August 16, 2010 05:56:38 PM »

So much detail in both of the poppets!  They are both fabulous!

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« Reply #106 on: August 16, 2010 06:15:42 PM »

I was also super spoiled! Jemimah is seriously talented. I'm a little intimidated, to be honest (in a great way, I promise!)
First I tried taking pictures as I was opening, but pretty soon I was so blown away that I stopped snapping pics and could only ooh and aah.

First I found these wonderful cards:

The tea one is my favorite- it says tea with stitching in red thread.

Then there were awesome mitts and scarf.

They are so soft! I've been wearing them since I opened the package. Love!

Next this super cute owl:

I'm putting him on my work bag to help with the crap days.

Still more folks- I was so spoiled! Look at this bag! Jemimah thought it wasn't really my style, but it's perfectly my style!

Now, my favorite thing- Stumpwork dragonfly! It teeny and wonderful and I'm going to display it inside a bell jar.

So, it's all been amazing so far, right? Prepare to be blown away- a hand wiped drypoint etching that blew my socks off.

This was the best photo I could get, let me assure you it is breathtaking in real life.
I can't wait to get it framed!

Extras! The New Zealand stickers are "TOTALLY AWESOME STICKERS" and I say totally awesome ALL THE TIME. Cracks me up.

Stumpwork instructional book (I can't wait to try it!), transfers, blue fabric scraps for a camping quilt, and pretty ribbon that was wrapped around everything with the fabric.

Thank you so much Jemimah!

I dream of a house covered with your art, and would love a personal swap. Pm me if you'd like to spread the crafty love! I also need blue fabric scraps for a scrap quilt!

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« Reply #107 on: August 16, 2010 08:22:19 PM »

This gallery is amazing! The poppets are gorgeous (one day, I WILL try them). Loving pearliepie's uber spoilage. The stumpwork is really cool. I don't think I've ever seen it before. Is it just a different form of embroidery?

« Reply #108 on: August 16, 2010 09:12:19 PM »

Pearliepie, I'm so pleased you like everything! It was a pleasure crafting for you and getting to know you a little. Cheesy

Dharma_rebel, stumpwork is quite an old form of embroidery, where you stitch separate pieces, often wired or stuffed, and attach them to the main embroidery. It's usually quite 3-dimensional, and often incorporates wires, beads, etc. It's lots of fun to do, though it's probably best if you've had a bit of practice at regular or crewel embroidery first.

If anyone is interested in how the dragonfly is made:-
- fuse 2 layers of organza, put in small hoop
- lightly draw 4 wing shapes with a hard pencil
- couch fine wire around the wings, using single strand floss, very closely spaced (no gaps showing wire), leaving an inch or so wire ends
- stitch veins on wings (fly stitch, finest thread you can find)
- cut out wings very carefully
- put base fabric in hoop, very taut, 2 layers or line with calico
- mark dragonfly position lightly
- (this is the hard part) using a large needle, poke it through so the eye is sitting in the fabric, attach wings through hole
- carefully secure wires to back of fabric, under where the body will go, trim wire ends if needed
- arrange and attach beads for body in one long stitch, then couch between each bead in position
- attach eye beads
- stitch antennae and legs with fine Kreinik cord or similar (something roughly sewing thread size)
- lace firmly on board with thin layer of Pellon padding

If you are keen to try stumpwork, see if you can get hold of some library books on it. I have a book of Jane Nicholas designs that this little fellow is based on.
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« Reply #109 on: August 16, 2010 09:41:34 PM »

I can embroider and I have to go to the library tomorrow so I'm gonna see if I can find some books. I'm in the Hoopla swap - something like that might be kind of cool on the hoop!

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