So here is what I made for my partner for the Coraline swap on Craftster. This was a really fun swap. The movie is so wonderful and full of so many wonderful characters. Check out the Coraline website for fun little things like getting your name spelled out in circus mice, too. Here's what I made. My partner's favorite characters were Spink and Forcible so I used the Other versions of them for this necklace and added some buttons.
Then I made a set of ornaments figuring it was close enough to Christmas. Some embroidered, some just in felt. I painted up this little black box that I bought at a thrift store and out them all in there.
For the ornaments I did a rag doll Coraline with button eyes, Wybie, Cat, a scotty dog with wings and the chicken oven mitt that the Other Mother uses. The scotty dog pattern I used is from here.
Close up of Wybie
and rag doll Coraline.
The piece I'm most proud of is this pillow. I spent a lot of time working on this--lots of seed stitches. One side shows Coraline going through the tunnel to the "other" side. I got the image here. I really tried to work with different color values--lights to darks. I also added the button key. I'm super pleased with it.
The other side has the Other Mother in all her creepy glory. She's quite frightening I think. I also did the three little ghost children who I thought were cute but kinda creepy too.
The ghost children.
I really hated giving this pillow away. I may need to make one for myself because I'm so pleased with how I did the shading and coloring of the tunnel. Other Mother turned out totally creepy, too. I can't wait to see what I'll get in return. That's the best thing about swapping--a surprise that you know is being made just for you. I will have to stay away from swaps for a while though. I need to start on Christmas gifts. I want to make most of my gifts again this year and do NOT want to be rushed like I was last year so I'm starting early!